I’m going to place the new The Man With The Iron Fists trailer into the “Probably Shows Way to Damn Much of the Good Bits” file– which is pretty much par for the course for promotional film clips these days. Be aware, this “new” trailer is almost exactly the same as the first trailer— just with new title cards giving us the names of the film’s main protagonists/antagonists. There might be a second or two of new footage– but that also may just be a slight case of re-editing.
The first trailer was released at the end of June and the film doesn’t open until the beginning of November… So it’s understandable why we’re getting another trailer now… But why is it the same footage we’ve already seen? Another point of concern: The rumor floating around pegging The Man With The Iron Fists original cut at 4 hours long– with the version being released in theaters clocking in at only 90 minutes. The RZA wanted to break the finished product into two films but producer Eli Roth didn’t seem very keen on the idea. This is not a good sign.
Unfortunately, this situation reminds me of Kurt Wimmer’s Ultraviolet– whose original cut was over two hours… Until Sony took the movie away from the director and edited it down to 88 minutes. We all saw how that turned out: The final product was nothing more than action scene after action scene– accompanied by a very, very weak narrative. It really was a hot mess.
Let’s be honest– we all want to see The Man With The Iron Fists for the action. By the looks of the trailer, the movie does seem to have ample servings of it… Looking like an enjoyable kung fu flick.
But I still don’t know. Given the Ultraviolet debacle, maybe it would be better to wait for the inevitable Blu Ray release in January or February of next year– with hopes of getting a longer cut with the story properly fleshed out. As it stands, I don’t think I’ll be paying money to see what sounds like a butchered movie. Hollywood has already conned enough out of me releasing unsatisfactorily trimmed theatrical releases– just so they can squeeze in more showings each day. More butts in the seats may mean more profit, but it has nothing to do with quality filmmaking.
Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.
The Man With The Iron Fists will be released in the US on November 2nd.