Dragon Blade Review - AVClub

AVClub: In Dragon Blade—a Chinese blockbuster that’s now making its way here, short about 25 minutes of running time—a Roman legion finds itself on the eastern stretch of the Silk Road, joining forces with a Han Dynasty outpost to fend off a foe from back home. The result is part hokey peplum movie, part typically overscaled Mainland production, boosted by the novelty factor of watching the now 61-year-old Jackie Chan bust a few limber moves while John Cusack and Adrien Brody glare at each other as rival Romans. A long way from his breakthrough, Black Mask, director Daniel Lee displays only glimmers of the cartoonish, gonzo sensibility that once made him seem like an interesting talent. In its place is strained seriousness and a butt-ugly digital palette of tan and sand.

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