The recipe for The Expendables 2 was pretty simple. Take just about every famous and successful action-adventure star from the 1980s, stir into a simmering story about 5 tons of misplaced weapons grade plutonium and add lots of shooting and action. Voila! The nearly perfect popcorn flick for summer of 2012.
[rating=3]Starring: Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Chen Dad Ming, Donnie Yen Director(s): Zhang Yimou Writer(s): Story by Zhang Yimou, Li Feng, Wang Bin; Screenplay by Li Feng, Zhang Yimou, Wang Bin
After catching House of Flying Daggers, I was curious to see Hero, as it was the director’s first attempt at wuxia — a type of martial arts film. As you can see in my Flying Daggers review, I wasn’t too impressed with that film. However, Hero had much more going for it and proved to be a far superior effort.
Hero stars Jet Li as a “nameless” warrior who is summoned before the king to report how he killed the country’s most deadly assassins. But all isn’t as it seems, and the king begins to suspect that perhaps the nameless warrior is really a killer in disguise.