Man of Tai Chi: A Few Things About the Movie... Kind of a Review

I watched Man of Tai Chi, directed by Keanu Reeves, last night on my laptop. The movie is set to release in American theaters in November. It is however already out in China and available through Cable's OnDemand service. I got it through other methods... It's 2013 people.

I have to say I really like the idea of movies being released through other outlets. It may not force as many people into the theaters to see the movies but it allows for options.

Keanu plays a rich guy, who is apparently also an allusion to Satan, he owns vehicles with the license plate "666" and frankly just seems a lot like Satan, who holds underground fights, and endeavors to corrupt Tiger Chen, a Tai Chi practitioner.

SPOILER ALERT: The movie's core message seems to be a cynical one. It all revolves around the idea that what we love best about entertainers is watching them lose their innocence. While stars like Miley Cyrus tend to prove that point, I don't listen to her music and it's definitely not true of me. It's an idea that definitely seems to hold weight in a time when it seems pop music has lost it's mind and soul, and we're left watching propped up personalities destroy themselves and claim it's provocative art.

Also there is a scene where Tiger Chen filled with rage knocks down the camera. It's a kind of 4th wall element rarely seen in big budget movies. Usually if a movie is going to interact with the audience it's a running gimmick, Man of Tai Chi used it as a one time dynamic to powerful effect.

The film in one line is essentially, "The Soul vs Satan", a very well depicted, not resolved particularly ingeniously, but entertaining tale.

All in all it was a good movie, and reminds us that Keanu has talent yet to display.