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The Secret of the Sword

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"I've got that flying horsey in my sight" He-Man & the Masters of the Universe was a massive hit toy line and a massive hit animated TV series. He-Man ruled the airwaves in the 80s and it would only make sense to not only make a feature length theatrical film but also a new spin-off series with a new character! The film follows Price Adam/He-Man as he embarks on the search for his twin sister. Turns out that a new villain by the name of Hordak had kidnapped He-Man's twin sister shortly after birth and taken here to another dimension on a planet called Etherea. No one knows what happened to the little girl, Adora. But, with this information and with a magical sword, He-Man is on his way to find Princess Adora.  What much can be said of "The Secret of the Sword", it's not necessarily a film for cinemas as there is nothing special enough about the movie for it to warrant a theatrical release, other than the length of the film. The animation remains the

The Replacement Killers (mini review)

I like The Replacement Killers. I think that it is a solid action movie. But I also feel that the movie doesn't allow Chow Yun-Fat to show us Americans what he is capable of. The movie places Yun-Fat into a scenario that he has seen many times before: that of an assassin who tries to do good and is hunted for it. We have seen him do the same thing in The Killer, a movie that is so much better than The Replacement Killers. The Replacement Killers gets the look of a Hong Kong Heroic Bloodshed movie down, but it doesn't get anything else right. When John Woo films bullet hits, not only do the intended targets get hit, but so does everything else resulting in a chaos of damage with almost nothing left standing. When bullets hit in American movies, there is still things left standing. Yun-Fat is left posing for the camera in the all the different poses that we have come to love from Hong Kong cinema, but there is no heart. The Replacement Killers is a soulless effort, but one that still entertains. It is empty, but somehow we still like it.


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