RED CLIFF (John Woo, 2008)

John Woo’s expensive return to Asian filmmaking—in U.S. dollars the production cost 80 million—is dense with third-century Chinese history, overpopulated with marching extras and extras on horseback, and, for all that, sparse and schematic. Grunt, slash, spray, grunt, slash, spray . . . . Chi bi alternates between mostly dull, static royal and military talkfests […]