14 Blades
14 Blades (2014)

Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades. Above the law and with a license to kill, they devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 22, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Director, co-writer and production designer Daniel Lee keeps things moving so quickly, there's little time to worry about such basics as where we are or what's actually going on.

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Russell Edwards

Stylish package has thesps hitting their marks (and each other), but also keeps the human drama from being swamped by wirework and CGI effects.

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David Ehrlich
The Dissolve

But not even the most garbled Tsui Hark joint is as unintelligible as 14 Blades, a film that's lost in its own backyard.

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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times

While "14 Blades" grinds on perhaps a half-hour too long, its ambitions and energies show that for a fresh take on the western, go east.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

Its stylishly retro touch and flashy sets and stunts makes a nice package.

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

An immensely gifted physical performer, Donnie Yen isn't strong enough an actor to suggest an authentic inner life to his character beyond a vague sense of stone-faced dissatisfaction.

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

Come for Ku's joyful choreography, stay for Yen's most memorable post-comeback performance.

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Andy Crump
Movie Mezzanine

Casting Donnie Yen in a martial arts film and burying him in CGI is akin to casting Arnold Schwarzenegger in an action film and arming him with a Nerf gun.

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Simon Weaving

Over the top, over saturated and overly melodramatic, this wuxia action adventure follows an outlawed swordsman in Ancient China who has to save the Emperor, fight off deadly assassins and restore his dignity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Truly breaktaking martial arts epic film, but it also mixed with a love story. It's about time Donnie Yen made an impact yet again in the fantasy… More
Adam M.
Pretty cool martial arts movie. Well, i say pretty cool. They all seem the same to me but i suppose martial arts fans might say that about horror! When some old… More
JY Skacto
Daniel Lee successfully blends together multiple wuxia-type elements to create the action thriller <i>14 Blades</i>.<p>The story entails some… More
Anthony Valletta
Donnie Yen slides from the realistic Kung Fu films into the realm of the fantasy with ease. He and Vickie Zhao do great work, but Chun Wu as the Judge of the… More
Steven Vincent Gee
It's about time <i>Donnie Yen</i> made an impact yet again in the fantasy wuxia-pian genre, given the rather recent dismal movies with… More
Movee Critic
Daniel Lee's adaptation, set during the Ming Dynasty, of a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by… More