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The story itself is a rather old one: good vs evil in an epic battle over the unsuspecting little planet known as earth. Combining mythical- and science fiction-elements we are told the story of Os - Billy Zane - a former member of the Shadowmen, dark entities stalking the universe and destroying whole planets. Exiled on earth there is only one way out: Finding the vortex to destroy earth and shattering the grounds of space.
But Os is turned good by an entity of pure love. And so his quest to destroy the shadowmen along with their leader has begun. By gathering four special protectors, unique hyper-humans, each representing an element he is willing to save earth from his former allies.
Very cool fighting-sequences occur. One of the best is delivered in the beginning of the movie, when we are told about the clash between Os and the White Lady who's turning him into a protector force of earth. Sparks fly, energies explodes and we see Zane running on walls, weilding his sword like he's done this since he was baby. Very good choreography indeed. The real good CGI-effects are doing their best to convince us of the existence of superpowered warriors fighting over earth. And they surprisingly succeed.
In the middle of the movie there are some slow moments, but those are filmed in a nice way, bringing the story and the charácters further than simply letting them fight every thirty seconds.Read more ›
The fight scenes were well choreographed and decently performed, though the slow motion became rather too much after a while.
There wasn't enough action in this film, or if there was there was way too much sitting and talking inbetween. The part where Os is telling the elements how Slate will try to trick them and that they musn't hate him for this lingered on a little too long leaving me quite bored at the end of it.
The characters Os and Slate where well introduced at the beginning making it pretty simple to go along with though the elements weren't actually properly introduced although it was quite easy to see who they were anyway.
Altogether I think this film could have done with a little less talking and had more action in. Billy Zane gave a good performance which added more interest to the film and made me want to keep watching. If the other actors had given as good as performance as him, then the film would have been of much higher standard.
THIS IS NOT AN ACTION MOVIE! Sorry to say, people, but this is far from what you are going to want if you want an action movie. It is Circle of Iron/The Silent Flute for a new generation. It is not just about kicking the crap out of everyone in their way. It is a philisoophical movie.
Four people who showed the traits of four of the five universal elements [fire, air, water, metal, and void], ended up being the only way to undo the end of the world. That doesn't even sound like a good action movie plot...but then again, that is the point!
All those who want an action movie, get something else. All those who want a good, deep look into Eastern Philosophy, and an even deeper look into themselves...get this movie. Watch this movie time and again. No matter how many times you watch it, you will find something new in it.
I could watch this thing all day, personally. I can probably quote the movie. It's a cute teminder of love and compassion...
Mmmmm...Billy Zane..... (goes back to work, begrudgingly)
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great movie, never forget the first time i saw it on TBS super station when i was younger, then i just love the action but watching it now makes you realize somethings about lifePublished 26 days ago by Christopher Wilson
this is a fine piece of work to understand the 5 elements is in itself a technical quagmire i thought this brought this out in manner befittig it,s basis on that in my book this... Read morePublished 14 months ago by tim huxoll
This movie was like a cartoon come to life. Billy Zane is some kind of warrior who's first bad but then turns goo. He finds 4 other people who have a gift to fight the bad guys. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Valerie Beiersdorfer
One of my friends recommended me to watch this movie if i'm into mixed martial arts with some matrix moves added to it. I watched it and it was not that bad. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Amreek Singh
Boy, you'd think that when Mel Gibson and Jet Li got together to produce something, it'd be better than this. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Michael Seahorn
One of my favorite martial arts movies ever made. Billy Zane(Demon Knight,etc.) shines in his performance. Kung Fu fights mixed with extreme psychic power duels(Mortal Kombat? Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by Mark J. House
When I recieved the DVD there was a hole punched in the front of the case. The DVD itself wasn't damaged, but the case looks horrible with the hole, which is a shame since I bought... Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Amazon Customer
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