Throughout the 80s and 90s the martial art film was all the rage in the straight to video market. For a while it all but disappeared, but over the last few years they have been making a comeback. The latest Dragonwolf looks to keep that trend alive, but does it bring the action or will it miss the mark all together?
Dragonwolf follows two young men who possess the intellect and ferocity to flourish, carve a name for themselves as the most efficient and unstoppable hit men feared by even the most evil criminals, but when a woman of rare beauty mysteriously enters the brother's lives she blinds them with her sweet promises and turns them against each other, resulting in an epic battle that threatens to bring the Devil's Cauldron to the brink of destruction. From the moment this film began it was a problem. The story is all over the place and has no real cohesion to make it make any sense. The entire movie is in English yet still has one of the worst voiceover tracks in a long time. It was likely due to the lower budget and bad initial micing, but the audio was just laughable. To make matters worse the acting itself was just horrible with only a few managing to deliver a somewhat decent performance, but as a whole pretty bad. Normally you can get past all of that with a martial arts film with the inclusion of some great fight action and while there is plenty of it here most of it just isn’t all that good. Make no mistake, there are a few great fight sequences here and there, but for the most part they are just not very well choreographed.
This had the makings of a decent martial arts flick, but it gets lost in itself due to its many issues and just doesn’t manage to work on really any level. As mentioned there are a few decent fights that fans of the genre might find enjoyable, but it’s unlikely anyone will make it that far through it. Like any genre, action films affect everyone differently so decide for yourself when Dragonwolf hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 29th.