review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA continues to deliver the best in the martial arts cinema. Martial Arts action star Max Zhang star has already been making a name for himself in flicks like Ip Man 3, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy Pacific Rim: Uprising and more recently The Brink. Now he is taking on MMA legend Anderson Silva in his latest flick Invincible Dragon, but does it deliver action fans expect or will it fail to find the target?
Invincible Dragon follows a brilliant but trigger-happy detective who is outsmarted by a serial killer and pays a high price for his momentary lapse in judgment. Robbed of both his fiancée and his job, he soon spirals out of control and goes back to what he knows best: fighting. Unbeknownst to him, a serendipitous reunion with an old rival may be the key to unlocking the truth about his fiancée’s disappearance—and to apprehending the killer.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to see this film. Max Zhang has been kicking ass in flicks like Ip Man 3, Master Z and Kill Zone. Seeing this trailer and him taking on MMA legend Anderson Silva I had high hopes for some badass action. While there is decent action here and there as a whole this film was pretty disappointing. The film plays up as more of an action thriller than straight up action flick with a lot of the time in the middle of the film just dialogue and character building. This would be fine if it was overly interesting but it just seemed to drag.
Even with the slow paced story it could have been saved with some badass action, but even that wasn’t up to par from what Zhang has done in other films. I know this is often times due to different fight teams, but he is so awesome it felt like they wasted his abilities. The fights were fine, but they were slower paced and felt choreographed more than it should have. Nothing frustrates me more than having real life fighters show up in a
film and not deliver and this happens here. Silva is not an actor so can let go of his bad performance, but the sloppy fighting just didn’t work for me.
I was so excited to see them take each other on in an epic fight and clearly the box art and trailer was focused on this aspect and it so doesn’t live up to the hype. I wanted to love this film and will likely revisit it to give it another chance now that I know what I am getting into, but of you decide to try it out keep your expectations low and just enjoy it for the small pieces of action magic that shines through every so often.
Decide for yourself and grab your copy of Invincible Dragon available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA.