Within the motion film “Fistful of Vengeance” there are two sorts of scenes — coordinated struggle scenes, or confounding exposition.
The film is a sequel to the tv sequence “Wu Assassins,” and the protagonists of that present additionally seem right here. Kai Jin (Iko Uwais) is a chef in San Francisco who’s the fashionable heir of an historic, magical combating custom, and his associates are Lu Xin Lee (Lewis Tan) and Tommy Wah (Lawrence Kao). The follow-up movie finds the buddies in search of solutions after the mysterious homicide of Jenny, Tommy’s sister. Their solely clue is a talisman discovered along with her physique.
Their seek for solutions leads the group to Thailand, the place they meet the billionaire developer William Pan (Jason Tobin). Pan explains that Jennie’s loss of life was a small occasion in a bigger plot run by his twin sister, Ku An Qi (Rhatha Phongam), the top of the Bangkok underworld, who hopes to unite ying and yang talismans. Kai needs to place an finish to this scheme on his personal, however his associates insist on combating by his facet as he pursues the criminals.
The film’s enchantment is straightforward — there are quite a few scenes of well-choreographed fight, with every solid member residing as much as the instance set by Uwais, a martial artist. However the director, Roel Reiné, confounds the motion by counting on perplexing lore to elucidate his characters’ motivations, origins and talents. Watered down variations of Taoist ideas — extra intellectually than culturally insulting — are supposed to elucidate how Kai or his antagonists wield their powers. In consequence, there’s little room within the dialogue to get to know the characters as individuals, relatively than as autos for his or her mystical talents.
With out tactical, philosophical or emotional grounding, the battle scenes don’t land with any cinematic power. Knives slash, weapons fireplace, fists meet flesh. However each motion feels insubstantial. At its finest and worst, the film mimics the expertise of watching a stranger play with off-brand motion figures.
Fistful of Vengeance
Rated TV-MA. Working time: 1 hour 34 minutes. Watch on Netflix.