Action star Wu Jing’s solo outing last year in the jungle commando thriller, Wolf Warrior, certainly lended some appeal with Brit-kicker Scott Adkins added to the fray. However, the film itself was much more disappointing than preferred with respect to its structure throughout, especially regarding the action, and I say this bearing in mind the final fight scene in which Wu and Adkins go toe-to-toe for the first time.
HK veteran action director Nicky Li coordinated the fights as per his usual partnerships with Wu, and having seen Li’s previous work, my most favorite being the 2007 thriller, Invisible Target, at present, clearly Li knows how to direct solid action.
Alas, I was left wondering what went wrong here. Apart from the strenuous and enduring challenges of the production, Wolf Warrior was a let down regarding its most key fight scene. It’s got some moments that look great, but when watching this fight, I simply wanted more than what was already in the trailers before, and unfortunately, this was all we got.
Well Go USA has a clip of it available, and to be honest, what you see is pretty much the entire fight scene with exception to its brutal finish. At the end of the day when all the gun battles were had, it would’ve been nice to see a better fight scene. But, for better or worse, it’s Wu V Adkins, and it’s a fans’ delight, generally. What are your thoughts?
~Lee B. Golden
Ballistic Cinematheque, founder and editor