This happened to me, and it may happen to you too. I ordered this movie called The Storm Warriors, and there is clearly a mistake, because I don’t know what movie they put in my DVD case. It vaguely looks like The Storm Warriors….it’s got the same characters from The Storm Riders, but what the heck is this? Who let the Pang Brothers loose on this story? Way to kill a franchise!
I suppose I should say something nice. It is a visually interesting film, I will give it that. Lots of the wind and flying hair we’ve come to love about Wind and Cloud. Interesting use of different techniques, especially in the battlefield scenes. But it’s dark…not dark in tone, but DARK, like you can’t see a whole lot dark. What’s the use of action sequences when you can’t see the action?
I think my biggest complaint is with the LACK OF PLOT. I mean, I know we are supposed to know Wind and Cloud, and I love Wind and Cloud (from Storm Riders), but I don’t care about Wind and Cloud in this film. C’mon, if you are going to jack the film (Pang Bros., I’m talkin to you), then at least give us something new. Anyone with a modicum of film-watching experience could have seen this coming a mile away. Wow, Cloud is moody and Wind is sensitive. Really?
And what is up with Heart? You know Nicholas Tse is my boo (and you can tell him), but his character is completely wasted here. Don’t get me started on Simon Yam.
And can we please dispense with the naive female swordswoman who gets knocked down even though she’s hanging out with legendary swordsmen or is the daughter of a legend? Please? PLEASE!?!?!?!??!