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Film review: Man with the Iron Fists

By Grant Vance
On December 9, 2012

To say that The Man with the Iron Fists is a bad movie would be a harsh claim to say the least. It is not only intended to be an overthe-top kung fu movie, but also
new comer RZA's first big project, and it is fair to say that it is an average film at best. The action scenes are well-directed, the acting is hit-or-miss, and the plot is
tolerable, preventing RZA's debut film from being a flop; however the film suffered in many aspects, making any opinion higher than average extremely generous. Considering this is an action film, the action sequences are very impressive. Everything you would want from a kung fu fight sequence is presented well, including plenty of Tarintino-esque action smothered in exaggerated kung fu that will send audiences everywhere home to practice in
their basements. Although these fight scenes are most definitely worth watching, RZA's homage to the films he loved so much unfortunately fell short in his storytelling.
The plot is very hard to follow in the beginning with very
splotchy scene transition along with sporadic character introductions. The viewer will find that even though it can be over-looked through its genre, the plot is a bit weak due to unnecessary flashbacks and several instances when you may find yourself questioning if this is homage or a comedic satire. Judging by the fact RZA chose music from his former rap group, The Wu Tan Clan, it is hard to determine at some points. All in all, Mr. ZA has showed
audiences that although he may not be the best actor or writer in Hollywood, he is well on his way to becoming a decent director. The Man with the Iron Fists is certainly
ambitious and, if nothing else, it gets us excited to see where he takes his career with a little more guidance and direction. While not perfect, this refreshing kung fu
flick is entertaining and a fun reminder of a genre we have forgotten about. On the other hand, as a film, it falls short. I would recommend waiting to rent the film, considering Redbox is iron finger friendly.


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