Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Red Cliff - Movie Review

It's an epic war film directed by John Woo. So the scale looks grand from the first shot. An evil Prime Minister pushes a young Emperor into war with two Southern countries rather unnecessarily. We know later that he covets the wife of the Viceroy of one of those countries. Based on a true story, the movie is huge in scale and has many interesting characters.

The two small countries, led by a kind hearted king and one who is considered a coward, decide to fight the large and formidable armies of the Prime Minister. They use guile and knowledge of the terrain and nature and inflict damages on the larger army and finally win. The movie moves at an incredible pace and its difficult to stay away as one scene rushes into another. The action scenes are marvellously shot. Must have been a spectacle on the big screen.

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