“ After the staggeringly excellent Detective Dee's last year, Hark continues his great form by bringing the audience into his imaginary world with 3 times the realism and some stunning special effects.
“ Most of the cast are stiff and underwritten, with the exception of the enjoyable Tartar characters, and Jet Li is the only notable presence here.
“ The story was a little confusing at times with a large cast of characters, some of whom look identical
ultimately this doesn't matter too much as we can tell who the main characters are except when there is deliberate confusion.
“The way the film was directed made it overly confusing to follow and as others have said the film relies much to much on CGI.
“ The effect of this after an exciting first half-hour watching Zhao assassinate the leader of the Eastern Front (Gordon Liu) and then finding himself outmatched by Yu is like adding a lead weight to the proceedings, so much so that what momentum the film had going for it is almost completely lost.
“The so-so: The plot was hard to follow, with cross, double cross and triple cross, and the impostor characters.
“ Jet Li), the film does deliver some thrilling action sequences that blend old-school choreography with modern-day CG wizardry- the showdown between Zhao and Yu right in the middle of a raging sandstorm is an excellent example of this combination.
“ It easily enhanced the 2D version making it more intriguing and fun while never being distracting.
“ Anyway, I really did have high hopes for this film, but I got totally let down because of the confusing storyline and unrealistic action scenes.
“ Other reviewers on this board called it hard to follow and a mess in general, which I took exception to because it wasn't that difficult if you paid attention.
“Both Tsui Hark and Jet Li must though change their styles and skills to still create stunning movies these years.
“ Thrilling action and the best use of 3D since 'Avatar'- pity the frenetic overplotting, the underwritten characters and most of all, an underused Jet Li) .
“ The rest is overlong, cliched, predictable and messy, a frenetic mess of a film guaranteed to induce a headache and little else.
“ Way too confusing for me!
“ Smart, Gripping, Intelligent .
“Still, if you want a good time with an enjoyable Eastern you could pick worse movies.
“ Overall, I rated the movie very high as it was intelligent and had some suspenseful elements that spoke to the story telling which is saying quite a bit as it still had a bit of room for improvement.
“ Well, I will have to take the internet's word for that, 'cause I watched in boring old 2D (albeit HD).
“ The story is fairly straight forward and not as nearly convoluted as most in this genre, but does a have a few moments here and there that veer off on an unstable path, but return with little confusion.
“ Personally, I might have enjoyed it more if I knew what was going on, but I found it way to confusing and I lost the plot near the beginning.
“ If Tsui Hark had created an intriguing story, the high amount of effects wouldn't have harmed this movie.
“ Has a very gripping plot with twists you can see happening and some that come out of nowhere leaving you thinking "I didn't see that coming.
“ Hard to follow the plot while reading the sub titles .