Stills of "Rogue Assassin"
(Courtesy from Shaw)
Genre: Action/Thriller Director: Philip G. Atwell Cast : Jet Li, Jason Statham, Andrea Roth,
Devon Aoki, John Lone, Kane Kosugi, Kennedy Lauren Montano,
Luis Guzman, Mark Cheng, Mathew St. Patrick, Nadine Velazquez,
Ryo Ishibashi, Saul Rubinek, Terry Chen RunTime:
1 hr 45 mins Released By: Shaw Rating: NC-16 (Violence and Some Nudity) Official Website:http://lionsgate.com/war
Opening Day: 13 September 2007
A full-throttle, martial arts thriller, ROGUE ASSASSIN stars
Jet Li (FEARLESS, UNLEASHED, THE ONE) and Jason Statham (CRANK,
THE ITALIAN JOB) as two adversaries set on a violent collision
course in the Asian mob underground. Produced by Steven Chasman,
Jim Thompson and Christopher Petzel, ROGUE ASSASSIN is directed
by Philip G. Atwell from a script by Lee Anthony Smith and
Gregory J. Bradley.
his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin
Rogue (Jet Li), FBI agent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) vows
to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner's
death. But Rogue proves untraceable until three years later
when he resurfaces to ignite a bloody turf war between Chinese
mob leader Chang (John Lone) and Japanese Yakuza boss Shiro
(Ryo Ishibashi). Eager to capture Rogue once and for all,
Crawford leads his team of crime specialists headlong into
the conflict and he finally comes face to face with his enemy
to discover that nothing about Rogue or his plan is quite
what it seems.
In “Rogue Assassin”, Jet Li finally manages to
be the epicentre of his own star vehicle. In past collaborations
with the West, Li found himself overshadowed by his co-stars,
while fastidiously enacting his world-renowned martial art
talent for a genre that epitomises the most masculine of guilty
pleasures. He delivers a performance here that projects calm
competence and strength in every scene as the colder than
ice mercenary, Rogue.
his rediscovered presence more remarkable is that he’s
paired with his co-star from 2001’s “The One”,
Jason Statham who shows once again how irrepressibly charismatic
he can be. Once again, Statham does not bother with the pretense
of an American accent and you just have to admire an action
star that knows his limits.
a hyperactive plot developed between two teenagers out of
a basement on a lazy Sunday afternoon, “Rogue Assassin”
pits together the lifestyles and knifestyles of lawmen and
lawless men, in particular Li’s mysterious Rogue and
the vengeful G-man, Jack Crawford (Statham). Putting its already
macho machinations into overdrive, this personal confrontation
between the two men also happens to be waged between burgeoning
turf wars between Triads and the Yakuza, which are slowly
being orchestrated by Rogue himself. Bland ethnic stereotypes,
conflations of cultures and hyped exotica of women finds itself
making its way into a film that both routinely romanticises
the people as well as offends them.
there’s the misplaced sense of precedence undertaken
in this film that doesn’t belong in this single-mindedly
violent genre. The muscular showdowns and pure rush of stylistic
brutality are noticeably toned down and do not provide the
flourishes that the genre fans expect. The elegant swordplay
is nicely choreographed but ends sooner than it should have.
The plot is given undue priority over packing in more action,
and the slack energy is often felt when the story is more
concerned about untwisting its knots than providing the visceral
pleasure that it promises.
refreshing nor stale, “Rogue Assassin” does not
redefine urban action films but instead reinforces its implicit
complacency. Lacking flair and an instinctive flow of fight
sequences, it even reduces itself to looking dated compared
to its contemporaries. But there’s enough raw machismo
left over between Li and Statham to carry over to future endeavours.
(Li and Statham are the film’s only selling point, and
it never lets us forget it)