Monday, November 5, 2018



Story: five Chinese men move to protect sensitive personnel because the town of city is being relentlessly bombarded by Japanese air force during World War II.

Review: based on the true story of the bombing of city town in China by the Japanese, this film follows a bunch of motley Chinese people who are taking a secret decoder to the military. At the same time, American commissioned military officer Jack Johnson (Bruce Willis) is training a squadron of Chinese fighter pilots how to keep at bay the Japanese who have achieved total air-supremacy over the Chinese with their superior Zero fighter planes.

The first issue that strikes you about 'Air Strike' is the scale of the film. The sets ar elaborate, the action quite dramatic and the air battles are quite decently executed. the only problem is, it’s all surface-level. The pieces don’t match along quite well. The Chaos appearance beautiful however there is no technique to the madness. Breathtakingly CGI fights within the sky, at times, have nothing to do with what’s happening on the ground. The timelines of the two stories that play out are confused up which makes it powerful to enjoy the action. If any scene even dares to induce interesting, Japanese Zero bombers appear out of nowhere and the characters have to duck for cover. The film completely fails in merging the emotional side with the action.

Bruce Willis, as the smoke chewing commissioned military officer offers a one-dimensional performance as he flip-flops between being an angry instructor and a loving superior. Adrian Brody has hardly any role to play. The Chinese cast manages to give a good performance but their track is ready-made and uninteresting.

It’s also ironic, given all the Chinese nationalism shown within the film, that the film did not get a release in China due to corruption allegations against its producers. With a shoddy edit and a poor storyline, the only reason to watch the film is for its elaborate fight action sequences. Besides that, there’s nothing additional to look forward to during this uninspiring war II drama.

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