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Battle of the Warriors

Mo Gong
[Battle Of Wits aka Battle Of The Warriors]

Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung

Period Chinese war drama that doesn't have the greatest production values and is a very mixed affair but oddly remains relatively engaging and even entertaining to a point.

The acting by the principals is generally acceptable and the tale (based on a Japanese manga) although somewhat routine has enough to it to maintain interest. Sadly the presentation does let it down though with some quite poorly managed action scenes (including very obvious CGI in places) and a flow that feels a little disjointed at times.

Tonally proceedings are rather varied, the attempts to incorporate a little depth and meaning don't really work that well set alongside the odd completely ridiculous moment and snippets of light-hearted humour (some seemingly intentional, some perhaps not) dotted throughout, whilst the love interest adds little to proceedings leaving it feeling no more than a plot device. It's a film that feels undecided as to whether it wants to be taken seriously or not which is a shame as imo it certainly had the potential to be a decent 'David vs. Goliath' offering.

Battle Of Wits has enough problems to stop it being anything more than mediocre fare and isn't poor enough to get a ratings bump by qualifying as 'so bad it's good' but it does entertain at times and for that I can live with it scraping a