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The Art of War III: Retribution (2009)

Anthony 'Treach' Criss , Warren Derosa , Gerry Lively  |  R |  DVD
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony 'Treach' Criss, Warren Derosa, Sung Hi Lee, Janet Carroll, Leo Lee
  • Directors: Gerry Lively
  • Writers: Joe Halpin
  • Producers: Alison Semenza, Ari Newman, Bryan S. Sexton, Dan Lyon, Darren M. Demetre
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When international diplomacy comes up short, extreme measures must be taken. In the newest installment of The Art of War, Agent Neil Shaw, played by Naughty By Nature's sensation, Treach, is on a covert mission to stop North Korean terrorists from obtaining a nuclear bomb. But when the deal turns deadly, Shaw is drawn into the crossfire to save a beautiful facilitator (Playboy model Sung Hi Lee)...and ends up framed for murder. Now a wanted man with only his newbie partner and the mysterious facilitator by his side, Shaw must rely on his kick-ass martial arts skills and bad-ass warrior code to fight through Korea's mean streets and find the terrorists before they detonate the bomb at a United Nations peace summit. This is war, and there is an art to it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Art of War: Sloppy Action and Unintentional Comedy February 8, 2010
"The Art of War III: Retribution" is a second sequel of the "Art of War" franchise. This new direct-to-DVD entry, however, doesn't have Wesley Snipes, the star of the previous two installments. Actually, "Retribution" doesn't have many action scenes, either. What you will see instead is just talk, talk, talk between two characters and some forgettable shoot-outs, plus endless, tired Zen master-like voiceovers from Treach (who replaced Snipes) that would quickly put you to sleep.

"Art of War III" revolves around a covert UN agent Nick Shaw (Treach) and his team, and they are sent to Seoul in order to prevent a suspected conspiracy about a nuclear weapon. Also, there will be a UN meeting in three days in this city, so this could be assassination or something. Anyway, Nick Shaw and his partner Jason (Warren Derosa) lost contact with their immediate boss in a very incredible way (you have to see it for yourself), and now they are in big trouble, that's what the film says.

Never mind. Incompetent actions and wooden acting abound, and "The Art of War III: Retribution" becomes an unintentional comedy at the unexciting climax, where the audience would witness the sloppiest security system and the sloppiest baddies in the world. Just in case you are still interested.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars for Sung Hi Lee!!! August 23, 2009
"The Art Of War III: Retribution" was a decent movie. Fans of the first AOW & pt2 should check it out!!! Treach is no Snipes, but he does an okay job as Neil Shaw. He does good when it comes to the action scenes, but he could work on his dialouge some more. I gave AOW3 three stars because of Sung Hi Lee. She is really hot in Playboy!!! The beginning of the movie was cool when Neil Shaw stopped the terrorist.

Most people are knockin this movie & my suggestion to them is to watch it again and don't be so critical of every little detail.

The plot of the movie was interesting. North Korea is on a lot of people's minds. The real life clips of the politicans was a nice touch. This movie reminds me of "Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis Of Evil", perhaps because they both share the plot of a North Korean threat.

They shouldn't have called Treach "Neil Shaw" because that was Snipes. They should have gave him another name. Other than that, Treach does a good job of kicking @$$ in this movie & Sung Hi Lee is hot!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The new "Art" is a return to form August 11, 2009
After watching Art of war 2...there is really no reason why I would continue to support the franchise, save for my love of movies. I picked this DVD up just to see what direction they took. Surprisingly it was a very good movie for what it is, a hyped up testosterone action flick. Not as good as the first but head and shoulders over the second. In this one Wesley Snipes is replaced by Treach ( Hip Hop fans might remember him from 1980's group Naughty by Nature), this is easily the best film he has ever taken part in. While Treach does not have the acting chops of Snipes, he does sell the character during the actions scenes, and this helps to accept him in the lead. The support in this film is more talented than Treach and this helps the overall quality of the film. Though the writing in this film is a bit formulaic, and sometimes wanting, the director does an excellent job providing clever shots and visceral action. So in short..this one will not win any awards, but if you want to microwave a bowl of explode o' pop, and enjoy a popcorn friendly actioner...this one is for you. If they where thinking of keeping the Art of War franchise alive, this film has taken it off of life support.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the art? Where's the war? September 3, 2009
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The "Art of War" franchise has produced 2 good, fun films. Wesley Snipes has been largely responsible for how good they are, but there are also smart script-writers and effective directors involved.

Somehow, the 3rd film has run badly off-track. Since Mr. Snipes isn't in it, my guess is he saw the script in advance (they'd have been fools not to ask him), and gave it a big, big pass. Judging from what we now see on the screen, he was wise to do so.

The subject of the film is, generally, illegal arms trading. Namely, selling a nuke to North Korea. The primary focus is a UN-sponsored meeting on the issue in South Korea. The Secretary-General (a woman, which has not yet happened and may not since none of the Islamic nations, which have a vast, unreasoning fear of women, would vote for her) underplays a pivotal role here, and needed to have appeared a lot more.

Unfortunately, the film treats this subject in a somewhat fuzzy manner that obfuscates the seriousness of the issue. We know that the tyrant of North Korea wants a nuke so badly he can taste it. But my guess is that having it would be a prestige item much more than a threat - the Nuclear Club is a very exclusive one. Using a nuke invites retaliation - and North Korea's infrastructure is so fragile that a single hit - certainly more than 2 - would leave the state unable to manage itself. It can barely manage now. (By contrast, even if Seoul is completely flattened, South Korea would still be viable.)

We should mention that the major characters are: Neil Shaw (or Agent #1), played by Anthony Criss (billed as "Treach"); Jason (or Agent #2), played by Warren Derosa; Sung Hi Lee, played by Sung Yi; and the aforementioned Secretary-General, played by Janet Carroll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted Item
This was a Gift to someone for their birthday. They liked it very much, wanted to finish out their collection..
Published 7 months ago by Rose
1.0 out of 5 stars This was evil bad
Impossibly campy acting, terrible production values, some of the worst fight scenes ever, incoherence. Really, it old be this generations Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Published 22 months ago by Don
1.0 out of 5 stars beyond aweful
Quite possibly one of the worst movies I almost saw. I say almost as the acting, direction and fight choreography was so incredibly dreadful that after struggling to watch 30 mins... Read more
Published on September 25, 2012 by Scott Slater
1.0 out of 5 stars Are u kidding me?
Got to see this on Cable TV. Or at least, about ten minutes of it before I began throwing things at the t.v. They really thought this was worthy of putting on film/tape? Uh, no. Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by W. LEE
4.0 out of 5 stars action, acting ok, good to add to your library of movies if you are a...
I enjoyed this movie it was ok, someone brought it for me and in return i brought it for my son to add to his collection. Read more
Published on November 1, 2010 by Lisa McIntyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Retrebution
this is a pretty good movie. garuntee that it's not as good as the first two but still enjoyable.
Published on October 27, 2010 by David
1.0 out of 5 stars A Comedy or Espionage Thriller
The movie should have been a comedy then it would have rated high. The acting was good alright but too childish and unreal for an espionage setting. Read more
Published on November 2, 2009 by Adebambo Adebowale
1.0 out of 5 stars How to punish someone..
Exceptionally poor acting, gratuitous profanity, make this movie unwatchable.
At least this is true for the first 30 min, since I could not stand it, and stopped watching.
Published on August 24, 2009 by Impostor
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie ... ever!
The actor can't act. Can't even talk right... full of ghetto english. He looks stupid, acts stupid, and is probably stupid... Read more
Published on August 16, 2009 by Bruce from Pennsylvania
1.0 out of 5 stars Winner of the "Toilet Bowl" award
This movie is pure crap, and should be flushed down the toilet. Nothing to say at all, that is positive about this movie. Be warned!!!
Published on August 15, 2009 by A. menhornnolaurie
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