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The Art Of War III: Retribution (aka Intervention/2008/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+    Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Anthony ‘Tretch’ Criss (of Naughty By Nature) takes over the role Wesley Snipes established for Gerry Lively’s The Art Of War III: Retribution (2008), though this seems to have been produced at the same time as last film with Snipes, so it is hard to tell how relabeled this production was.   However, it is an unintentional howler of a production and so bad, you might have to see it once just to look on in amazement at how bad.


The martial arts scenes offer some of the wackiest choreography we have seen in a while, the gunfire is so bad that it is as if the squibs were making cameo appearances, editing that is like John Woo on a kegger and the storyline and dialogue (by Joe Halpin) are cable-TV bad except when they are unintentionally funny.  The convoluted tale of Koreans, Russians, U.S. Intelligence and shady characters makes little sense and in the end, it is one big laugh that would otherwise be one big yawn.


The Islamic Terrorist subplot is so bad, it too would be insulting if it were not so bad.  You can just tell how instantly old this is because this would have never been made during the Obama Years but is definitely a Bush II product; not because it is political but because it is so silly!  It is not attempting anything political… or much else for that matter.  If you need a good laugh, see it.  Otherwise, skip it.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft too often for a new production, especially when in comes to many indoor scenes.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is not very good in the sound effects department and the mix can be compressed.  Dialogue is more hit than miss, but the soundfield is on the choppy side.  Trailers for other Sony releases are the only extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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