Hello Comrade! Sign up for the army today! It’s great!
What’s the best way to recruit potential young talent to join your awesome national fighting force? For starters, show them that you might get the opportunity to beat the hell out of Scott Adkins. Hence Wolf Warrior.
Here we learn the story of plucky young special forces sniper Leng Feng (Wu Jing, Killzone), who earns himself a prime spot in the ranks of the Wolf Warriors thanks to some timely head-shooting.
No sooner does he join up, does get thrown head-first into a major skirmish: a detachment of deadly mercenaries led by the psychotic, but haplessly named Tom Cat (Scott Adkins, Ninja) has mounted a violent incursion into the China homeland. Their goal? To wage biological war on the People’s Republic.
And that’s pretty much all you’re getting: rip-roaring automatic weaponry and gigantic explosions. Though the Wolf Warrior packaging makes big claims about the quality of the martial artistry, but don’t be fooled: you’re not getting any sweet hand-to-hand shenanigans until the finale and even that severely under-delivers, especially when you’re dealing with two leads that have proven skills.
I mean, if you’re casting Scott Adkins in your movie, you need to unleash him. He does no one any good just riding around in a Jeep barking orders and pulling triggers. You can get any clown with a beard and protruding orbital ridge from central casting to do that; Scott Adkins is for fightin’.
That’s my biggest complaint. Knowing that Scott Adkins and Wu Jing can bring it, keeping them blasting around in a standard-issue shoot ’em up strikes me as a waste. Heck, I don’t even mind the laughably unsubtle Chinese army propaganda the film essentially is; I’m happy for a thorough brain-washing as long as I get some decent action. As it is, Wolf Warrior is big, loud and pointless.
The explosions and green Chinese landscape look great in HD (2.39:1/1080p) and the DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio is suitably noisy. There are no extras.
This Adkins diet is full of empty calories. Pass.