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What is Snipes' new film 'The Art of War' good for? Absolutely nothing


The Art of War

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Donald Sutherland
Warner Bros. Films

** (of five stars)


By Jack Glauser
Daily Cougar Staff

There is no art to be seen in the new Wesley Snipes film The Art of War. Rather, it's a decent plot mixed in with a little confusion, and a few people charged with the crime of bad acting.

Snipes' last movie, Blade, established him as one of the Hollywood bad boys of action filmmaking, but that doesn't mean he lives up to his expectations. Snipes plays U.N. secret agent Neil Shaw, a silent player in the game of world peace. In the troubled times of the Chinese Trade Agreement, he is sent to "create the peace" by whatever means necessary. 

His Bond-esque demeanor needs practice, and for someone who is such a secret agent he sure does talk a lot.

One of the most notable characters is FBI agent Cappella, played by actor Maury Chaykin (Mystery Alaska). His attitude is perfect in a set of mayhem, calm and cool, as if nothing is beyond his belief. He puts a mundane comedy tone into his character that blends well with Snipes' take-no-prisoners approach. 


Wesley Snipes, everyone's favorite action hero, stars in The Art of War, in theaters now.

Bruce McBroom/Columbia Pictures

You can't give Snipes too much of a bad rap when co-star Donald Sutherland (Puppetmasters, Stand By Me) brings nothing to the movie but his name. Sutherland's character is the bland and undefined (U.N. Secretary-General Thomas), head of U.N. peace relations. The casting crew should have thought about hiring a no-name to play the role so they could have at least saved money. 

It gets tiresome to see the first half of a film only to see the ending crash down over you. With an adequate amount of twists and turns at the beginning, halfway through the film the plot stops, and the mindless action sets in. 

If the viewer has half a mind, they will figure out who did it and not care. 

It's so sad to see horrible fight scenes that could never actually happen. Snipes should have used his skills to his fullest extent, but the only well choreographed battle is at the very beginning. The finale is not a fine how do you do.

Most movies take pride in elaborating on why they have chosen a certain name for a film. The Art of War sounds like a very interesting title, with a mysterious tone to it.

You don't hear much about it, and when you do, there's no powerful meaning behind it. The film could have been better if they elaborated on what the art of war is and what codes to go by.

This film is not a terrible one, though. It only has terrible aspects to it. It is a movie you should go and check out, or at least rent when it comes out on video. Unfortunately, it was a run-of-the-mill action film with no amazing or memorable scenes to talk about with your friends. It reflects Snipes' movie Passenger 57 much more than Blade.
Bruce McBroom/Columbia Pictures

Wesley Snipes, everyone's favorite action hero, stars in The Art of War, in theaters now.

What is Snipes' new film 'The Art of War' good for? Absolutely nothing

The Art of War

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Donald Sutherland

Warner Bros. Films

** (of five)

By Jack Glauser

Daily Cougar Staff

There is no art to be seen in the new Wesley Snipes film The Art of War. Rather, it's a decent plot mixed in with a little confusion, and a few people charged with the crime of bad acting.

Snipes' last movie, Blade, established him as one of the Hollywood bad boys of action filmmaking, but that doesn't mean he lives up to his expectations. Snipes plays U.N. secret agent Neil Shaw, a silent player in the game of world peace. In the troubled times of the Chinese Trade Agreement, he is sent to "create the peace" by whatever means necessary. 

His Bond-esque demeanor needs practice, and for someone who is such a secret agent he sure does talk a lot.

One of the most notable characters is FBI agent Cappella, played by actor Maury Chaykin (Mystery Alaska). His attitude is perfect in a set of mayhem, calm and cool, as if nothing is beyond his belief. He puts a mundane comedy tone into his character that blends well with Snipes' take-no-prisoners approach. 

You can't give Snipes too much of a bad rap when co-star Donald Sutherland (Puppetmasters, Stand By Me) brings nothing to the movie but his name. Sutherland's character is the bland and undefined (U.N. Secretary-General Thomas), head of U.N. peace relations. The casting crew should have thought about hiring a no-name to play the role so they could have at least saved money. 

It gets tiresome to see the first half of a film only to see the ending crash down over you. With an adequate amount of twists and turns at the beginning, halfway through the film the plot stops, and the mindless action sets in. 

If the viewer has half a mind, they will figure out who did it and not care. 

It's so sad to see horrible fight scenes that could never actually happen. Snipes should have used his skills to his fullest extent, but the only well choreographed battle is at the very beginning. The finale is not a fine how do you do.

Most movies take pride in elaborating on why they have chosen a certain name for a film. The Art of War sounds like a very interesting title, with a mysterious tone to it.

You don't hear much about it, and when you do, there's no powerful meaning behind it. The film could have been better if they elaborated on what the art of war is and what codes to go by.

This film is not a terrible one, though. It only has terrible aspects to it. It is a movie you should go and check out, or at least rent when it comes out on video. Unfortunately, it was a run-of-the-mill action film with no amazing or memorable scenes to talk about with your friends. It reflects Snipes' movie Passenger 57 much more than Blade.
 

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