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The Art of War (2000)

Paul Hopkins , James Hong , Christian Duguay  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Hopkins, James Hong, Liliana Komorowska, Wesley Snipes, Anne Archer
  • Directors: Christian Duguay
  • Writers: Wayne Beach, Kevin Bernhardt, Simon Davis Barry
  • Producers: Wesley Snipes, Elie Samaha, Dan Halsted, Nicolas Clermont
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXMV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Art of War" on IMDb

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The Art of War is the first action movie with a hero who works for the United Nations--the U.N. Covert Operations Unit, to be specific. Who knew there was such a thing? Wesley Snipes plays Shaw, their top operative, who's unafraid of dropping several stories from one ledge of a skyscraper to another. When the Chinese ambassador is assassinated, it threatens the stability of an impending trade agreement that the secretary-general (played by Donald Sutherland) has worked so hard to achieve. Shaw gets arrested for the assassination, but who's really responsible? Is it the wily Chinese capitalist? A seemingly affable FBI agent? Only a lovely U.N. interpreter (Marie Matiko) believes he's innocent, especially when someone tries to knock her off and Shaw is the only person she can turn to... well, you get the idea. The script is neither original nor comprehensible, but that's not why you'd want to watch a movie like The Art of War--it's the action. And the action is pretty good, particularly earlier on when the confusions of the plot don't matter as much. Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Rock) does a serviceable job as one of Shaw's associates, Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction, Clear and Present Danger) tries to seem complicated as the head of the Covert Operations Unit, and Maury Chaykin (The Mask of Zorro, Devil in a Blue Dress) is dependable as ever as the FBI guy. --Bret Fetzer

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While on assignment during a UN trade meeting, the Ambassador to China is suddenly killed by an assassin's bullet. Unable to speak of his true identity, top agent Neil Shaw has been set-up for the murder and on the run to prove his innocence.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and underrated August 17, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
"The Art of War" was a pleasant surprise when I rented it. Once you get past the admitedly far-fetched premise that the UN has its own covert ops teams, it emerges as a spy movie that remembers how to be a spy movie. Rather than going the James Bond/Mission Impossible route of pitting a super-human spy agaisnt a supervillian, "The Art of War" serves up old-fashioned twists, turns, secrets, lies, betrayals, and assassination attempts.
Another nice thing about this movie is that it seems to understand the nature of post-Cold War politics. Nations now clash with treaties, trade agreements, and capitalist aspirations. By addressing issues such as the WTO, human traficking, and China's emerging status as an economic superpower, I got the distinct impression that the screenwriters actually read the newspaper. Ultimately, the plot doesn't quite hold up, but it's an admirable effort.
Snipes does a great job, never lightening the tone by playing to the cheap seats. By playing it straight he makes the film that much more believable. His fight scenes--including the end shootout feating slow-mo bullet-time--are both thrilling and plausible in a way that "The Matrix's" cgi-enhanced action can't manage.
Finally, the film just *looks* great. Director of Photography Pierre Gill plausibly passes off a lot of Canadian locations as Hong Kong and New York. He gives these cities a glossy sheen, a convincing grittiness, and a neon readiance, depending upon the scene.
All in all, I think if the movie had featured Tom Cruise or Keanu Reeves it would have been much better received. Too bad, since Snipes blows both of them off the screen. This one is definitely worth a look.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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It seems that in Hollywood these days many movie makers feel it is their duty to engage in political propaganda. Most of this propaganda is left-leaning and the Art of War is no exception.
As an action flick I found the movie entertaining. Snipes has the screen presence to earn this movie it's third star. Without him it deserves two at best.
However for some reason the film-makers decided to shove down our throats their personal beliefs that the UN should rule the world. This heavy handed poltical propaganda message is so ludicrous that it raises this movie feom the level of the mundane to the sublime... The idiocy of the movie's political message has to be seen to be believed. Ed Wood's work is unintentionally rivalled by hilarious tripe. This earns this movie its fourth star.
For example Ann Archer plays a character who is "evil" because she believes that it is wrong for American politicians and businessmen to give US nuclear secrets to Communist China who then give them to terrorist nations (like Iran). Apparently the movie makers believe that such actions by US citizens are good. Most people would call them treasonous.
These little gems surface throughout the movie and add a simply (and unintentionally) hilarious plotline. I laughed uproariously throughout! Definitely worth viewing!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snipes very under-rated actor of our time!!! January 3, 2003
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Format:DVD
What's with the hate? I watched this movie numerous times. I liked it the first time but the movie gets better after you see it a few times because you start to pick things up that you missed. I am big fan of action films and this movie delivers, yes it predictable at times but what movie isn't. I thought the actors did a pretty good job also. The film also ended on a good note makes you feel good especially with the nice musical score the films has. Wish they would of actually made a score soundtrack for the film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best films created for the year 2000 November 20, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well first off let me start by saying I don't care what people say about the movie or Snipes, it was a great movie. For those who think different, they didn't really see the movie or botherd to take a look at the time frame of when it was created. I have seen almost all of Wesley's action films but this one is the best to date next to blade. From the suspence to the martial art action sequences, Snipes delivers. When watching the movie I understood exactly what was going on just by the actions of the characters alone. He worked for the UN and was setup by the UN is the whole story in a nut shell but the trip taking to find out the truth makes the movie worth watching. If your looking for some action that involves a twist of Martial arts and spy technology this is one film to add to your list. I only wish Wesley Snipes can bring that much energy and more in his films over the next few years(if of course he dosen't go to jail).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot and acting, but confusing presentation February 10, 2001
Format:DVD
Most people can't differentiate between a bad film and a film they don't like. Many people didn't like this motion picture because of its liberal subtext. That doesn't make it a bad film. Most don't realize that this is a Canadian production, and that probably explains the political slant. However, as action films go, it is intelligent, high tech, stimulating, bordering on believable (seldom are action flicks actually believable), with plenty of violence. I didn't particularly agree with its "New World Order" message, but it is still a solid film.
The main criticism I have of the film is the editing. In an attempt to make the story more intriguing, it is pasted together in a convoluted way that makes it very difficult to follow. All the factions and motivations are eventually explained, but one has to pay very close attention or see the movie a few times to catch them all. The screenplay suffers from an excess of subplots, which makes following the story that much more difficult. The biggest sin committed by the producers and director was that they did not understanding their audience. This film targets action lovers, who are a visceral lot. They want to be stimulated, not confused and intrigued. They also tend to be more conservative politically (God, Guns, Guts). So naturally, the film bombed.
Wesley Snipes delivers a strong performance in the intelligent action hero role. Snipes seems to be locked in the action genre when he is really too bright for the roles he plays. He should take a lesson from Samuel L. Jackson and look for scripts that are more dramatic. Jackson still does action films (Shaft), but he picks parts portraying complex characters and scripts with strong character development, instead of straight macho testosterone parts.
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Published 2 months ago by Aaron Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars The black James Bond, excellent/awful
Great movie in terms of the plot. Bad if you want clean entertainment. Wesley Snipes is or was a great actor. The confidence he shows in his roles just works. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ocean
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted item
Purchased for a friend's birthday, to finish off a collection they had. They loved the item very much. Great viewing as well.
Published 4 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of War
I really love this movie for its exotic adventure and definitely for Wesley Snipes' acting. Fun and very intense from start to finish.
Published 9 months ago by stevo
5.0 out of 5 stars A good spy movie
This a good spy film Wesley Snipes was like James Bond,Shaft, and Ethan Hunt all in one. A good movie, just too bad the sequel wasn't as good.
Published 9 months ago by Stevie-D
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look at.
Had this movie on video cassette and I always liked it. I wanted to add it to my dvd collection as i find it worth watching again.
Published 9 months ago by james n benson
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused but Entertaining Action Thriller
It's really not necessary to follow the confused and confusing plot. Action is the key to the entertainment value and there is plenty of that, mostly well done. Read more
Published 10 months ago by drkhimxz
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible product!
I had to actually flip this dvd over to watch the end of the movie. It almost seems as though it could be a bootleg.
Published 18 months ago by diannasu
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Great Movie
Oh yes Get this Movie . Very Excellent Script . Wesley Snipes is great as Is is Ann Archer. Strongly recommend you get this movie as rearly on Movie Channels. Read more
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