ASIAN FILM - Review
15:00 - 5th December 2015, by NEO Staff

Wolf Warrior

Beijing’s long-time supporting action star, Wu Jing, steps behind the camera and stars in this lightweight action fest about an elite squad in the Chinese military. Despite two strong opening scenes – where the goodies and the baddies are established – the film gets lost soon afterwards.

Jing plays Len Feng, a sniper who disobeys orders and kills a drug dealer that took a hostage during a raid. His skills are noticed by the leaders of an elite unit called the Wolf Squad. Feng is quickly roped in to their training exercises, which are suddenly interrupted by the sinister Tomcat (Scott Adkins) and his band of mercenaries. They just so happen to have been employed to enact vengeance on Feng by the drug dealer’s brother.

This basic premise could have been executed really well. The initial scenes are shot and choreographed effectively, but the later action is intermittent. Then, all of a sudden, the elite soldiers are fighting off wolves before the mercenaries decide to interrupt and slowly pick off the troops. Leaving aside the terrible CGI wolves, the death of Feng’s comrades is made overly sentimental (perhaps not surprising for a mainland Chinese film), meaning the climactic action scenes are much briefer than they should have been. Adkins is a decent stereotypical villain, but is grossly underused – as is actress Nan Yu in a supporting role where she just talks into a headset. Little chatterbox.

A strong opening, but more action, fewer wolves and less syrupy sentiment were needed…
SCORE: 2/5
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