Action movies do not have to be intricate for me to enjoy them. On the contrary, they can be simplistic in nature, as long as the fighting is intense and fits into the storyline. Such is the case with WOLF WARRIOR. While the premise is basically a revenge story, the execution of the film is great, and the result is a top-notch action thriller.
If you are not familiar with WOLF WARRIOR, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:
An elite squad of mercenaries just met their deadliest target. Sergeant Leng Feng (Wu Jing), top marksman of the Chinese Special Forces, is jailed under court martial for disobeying orders. But he’s just the kind of fighter the Wolf Warriors are looking for. Silent. Stealthy. Deadly. The Wolves bring Feng into their pack, honing his skills to a knife’s edge. But another team has Feng on their radar: a group of corrupt blades-for-hire, seeking revenge for the drug lord’s murder.
I’m quickly becoming a big fan of Wu Jing. He is a very talented martial artist, but he’s also a good actor. Much like Jet Li, I enjoy seeing Wu Jing in whatever role he is undertaking. This film permits him to showcase his skills as both an action star and a versatile actor.
WOLF WARRIOR is shot well and looks good onscreen. The locations chosen for filming, however, look like they could be anywhere: in the U.S., Asia, or even South America. This isn’t a negative, yet I was hoping to see some of the majestic Chinese landscape in the background.
The acting is very good for the most part, with the aforementioned Wu Jing in the lead. His rival, Scott Adkins, does a great job with his role as well, but we don’t get to see much of him. I would have liked more character development, but this again isn’t a major complaint…more of an observation.
The story starts off a bit slow, but quickly picks up steam. And when the action gets going, things get hairy very fast. My sole complaint here is that there’s not many marital arts fight scenes. The cover boasts ‘breathtaking martial arts’…and what we get to see is good, however I wanted more. Most of the fighting is gunplay.
Still WOLF WARRIOR is a lot of fun with frantic action and intense battles. My absolute favorite scene is when Jing’s character Feng gives the Merc sniper what’s coming to him. I almost cheered. WOLF WARRIOR is available today in a variety of formats, so check it out.