The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) Review

The Man with the Iron Fist was fun enough and the visuals where good and paid tribute to classic Kung Fu films. But the music didn’t work, just didn’t suit the film at all, worked in the trailers but was just wrong in the full film. Whilst we are in the bad section RZA is a terrible actor and really shouldn’t have played the lead or even be in it, he took the wrong notes from Tarantino. The story however was pretty weak but fun enough. Back to the bad Russell Crowe played the most fowl mercenary that has ever played the role; he also put a few pounds on, super creepy and weird sex scenes, and ewe. The characters can be good at times but mostly stupid with near no memorable lines. The only distinctive features of the characters would be their costume designs, I did like the different types of warriors they used for the film, felt like a Mortal Kombat style fights.

The Man with the Iron Fists - Banner

In nineteenth century China, Jungle Village is home to several warring clans. The village Blacksmith creates deadly weapons for the clans, intending to use his payments to purchase the freedom of his lover Lady Silk, and leave the village. The region’s governor tasks the Lion Clan’s leader Gold Lion with protecting a large shipment of gold that must pass through the village. Gold is betrayed by his lieutenants Silver Lion and Bronze Lion, who plan to steal the gold. They use the chaos of a fight with the Hyena Clan to allow their co-conspirator Poison Dagger (the governor’s aide) to assassinate Gold; Silver becomes the Lions’ leader. Gold’s son Zen-Yi learns of his father’s murder and sets off to the village to seek revenge. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA-alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu-tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all. Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils.

Tim’s Film Reviews NOT Recommended

Story: 40%       Acting: 20%      Visuals: 80%      Dialogue: 45%

Action/Kung Fu: 80%      Style/Sound: 35%      Characters: 60%

Total: 45%

The Man with the Iron Fists - Poster

The Story was indeed weak and incredible predictable from start to end, however this was what I expected so it didn’t affect the fun aspects of the film. The film may have been presented by Quentin Tarantino but other than the violence I see very few other influences or talents leaking into this film, this actually makes me sad because the rough idea is really good. The acting was unbelievably bad from some and mostly lazy from the others, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Rick Yune where just being lazy or having a fun ride in this film. The rest of the cast were incredibly forgettable and as for are leading man/ Director RZA (Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, who calls themselves RZA? Dumb ass!) he was just awful! He clearly can’t act or direct because the film was pretty awful and his character couldn’t have been more boring if he had never changed his facial expression, oh wait he didn’t. The dialogue was non-existent and had a lot of missed opportunities from oh so many scenes that a good director would have taken full advantage of.

The Man with the Iron Fists - Brass Body and RZA

The visuals were good, plenty gory blood platter from all corners like humans are nothing but skin covered blood balloons. The action was very inspired by some old classic Kung Fu films of the 70’s but as good as the action was in this film it didn’t play as much as I expected, it’s a Kung Fu film people if you can’t get a good story or acting jam pack it with violence and action, we Kung Fu fans love that shit. The style of the film was pretty good; I liked the different cultures described in the different clans, such as the wolf and lion clans. The brothel and Brass Body were my favourite culture made ups of this film because they were pretty fun to watch. The sound in this film didn’t work for me at all, the music was just annoying and whilst it may have worked in the trailer but as it was a full length film it didn’t work nearly as well.

Must Watch Trailer:

The best reviews I found would be these “Lunatic, slipshod, absurdly violent, horribly acted, and borderline incomprehensible” Ty Burr. “(RZA) is a terrible actor, an incompetent narrator, a mediocre writer and (spatter) paint-by-numbers director” Roger Moore. “At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long” Kyle Smith. “The fists, feet and digital blood go flying in this enjoyable, frenetic, largely forgettable chop-socky extravaganza about, well, about a man with iron fists who gets into lots of fights” Jim Schembri. As long as you accept some magnificently bad dialogue, this is silly, fun and ludicrous beyond belief” Alex Zane.

My favourite scene would have to be David Bautista as Brass Body who first appears and just kicks everybody’s ass without even taking a scratch, whilst a scene like this would normally be a guilty pleasure scene but in this film it’s all you are going to get in terms of good.

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17 responses to “The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) Review”

  1. adlibitur90 says :

    HA! A friend of mine recommended I should watch this ….. maybe not.


  2. davecrewe says :

    I enjoyed this one a lot! The acting and dialogue wasn’t at its best, I’ll admit, but you don’t really go to a film like this hoping for spectacular acting. It just an infectious sense of fun and I thought the soundtrack was great.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      I didn’t go into this film expecting anything special I just wanted good fights through, and whilst the fights where good for the most part I would have preferred more 😀

      Hated the music! haha 😀


  3. theipc says :

    This looks like a big mess!! Why didn’t this show up in my reader or my email???


  4. Tyson Carter says :

    Looking forward to this, despite your review! Looks fun, and heard some mixed reactions. Crowe seals the deal for me though 🙂


  5. Jack Flacco says :

    Thanks for the review. I like Lucy Liu and Quentin Tarantino. Even though I know a lot of folks have panned it, I’ll probably still watch it. Uh…I pretty much watch anything. But I’ve been wrong before. Crank was amazing, in my opinion and thought Crank 2 was going to be equally as amazing. Boy, was I wrong. Oh, well…I’ll figure it out some day 😉


  6. keith7198 says :

    Good review! This thing just never ticked with me. I thought about going to see it numerous times but kept saying no. HORAAY for good decisions!!!!


  7. John DuMond says :

    The trailer gave me certain expectations about this film. Your review confirms my expectations. I guess I’ll be skipping this one. 😉


  8. CMrok93 says :

    Good review Tim. It doesn’t feature the same type of feeling and insanity like Tarantino’s pics, but the action is fun, when it actually does come around. However, it’s still a pretty forgettable experience where Crowe seems to be having the time of his life.


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