Curious as to what a humorless Jackie Chan--headlined historical epic about China's 1911 revolution would look like? This nationalistic period piece about the efforts to overthrow the two-millennium-old Qing dynasty delivers the answer: corny, preachy and tedious. The star and co-director appears hopelessly out of place, trapped in a variety of awkward-fitting uniforms while forced to offer up laughably obvious battlefield advice ("Avoid gunfire!"). Expository dialogue is epidemic and absurdly stilted, never more so than when a weirdo American military adviser claims to join the rebellion because "Chinese revolution is the only thing that can make exciting history"---a baffling statement that makes him, like the rest of this one-note film, seem more than a little simpleminded.
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