God of War (2017) Review
My Bloody Reviews Verdict 5

God of War (2017) Review In 16th century China, the east coast of the country is being attacked by ruthless Japanese pirates from Japan. General Qi Jiguang, who has been attempting to rout the invaders, enlists the help of a younger general to train up soldiers to try different tactics against this relentless attack. They ..

Summary Rating: 5.0 from 10 5.0 normal

God of War (2017) Review

God of War (2017) Review

In 16th century China, the east coast of the country is being attacked by ruthless Japanese pirates from Japan. General Qi Jiguang, who has been attempting to rout the invaders, enlists the help of a younger general to train up soldiers to try different tactics against this relentless attack.

They lead a small army in a series of counter attacks, facing adversity at every turn, from corrupt bureaucrats, reluctant villagers, and the seemingly unstoppable and brutal pirates themselves, who outnumber the Ming army by twenty to one.

I was really looking forward to this. It promised to be an epic, blood-soaked and action-packed. It certainly spills plenty of blood and opens up brilliantly. There’s a lot of running, shouting and red stuff pumping out everywhere. But then the characters start speaking and I found myself confused as to who was who and why and what was going on. This has nothing to do with reading subtitles. I am a film fan through and through and often find foreign-language films offer more than their US counterparts but not here.

Around an hour in I was still none-the-wiser as to what was going on. It didn’t help matters much that everything dragged along at a snail’s pace. It felt like the makers assumed that what they had was marvellous and rested on their laurels. For the most part God of War feels smug, self-important and criminally dull. However it’s not all bad. There was some amusement to be had when Madame Qi (Regina Wan Quan) gets the hump with her husband for returning home late and spoiling the dinner she had prepared.

I was agog to see that this film has such a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes (88% at the time of writing) I can only assume that critics can be bought – actually I know they can, they are often told what to write. I’ve had this myself which is why I stopped writing for established sites and started up my own. Directed by Gordon Chan is an experienced action director and come the film’s second half he lets rip with the fighting and it never lets up. It’s a shame that the first hour was such a chore to sit through. A lot of the talking was needless and added nothing to proceedings. Stick with it, or fast forward to an hour in and you’ll find yourself rewarded.

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