If I was a betting man, and I’m not, but if I was, I would say that Jet Li and Jason Statham’s “War” (formerly “Rogue”, which just sounds better in my opinion) will do fair business at the U.S. box office, but will make its real bones in DVD rentals and cable sales, not to mention Asian box office. Jet Li’s name will make sure of the last part. In fact, “War” will most likely end up the way Statham’s never-say-die franchise “The Transporter” did — it didn’t do all that well in the theaters, but wowed enough on DVD to warrant a franchise. In any case, MTV has a minute-long clip from the movie over at their site, where you can see Jet Li shoot someone and get chased by Jason Statham down a building. Fun times, fun times.
After his partner Tom Wynne (Terry Chen) and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue (Jet Li), FBI agent Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, setting off a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang (John Lone) of the Triad’s and Yakuza boss Shiro (Ryo Ishibashi). When Jack and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed.
Starring Jet Li, Jason Statham, Nadine Velazquez, Devon Aoki, and directed by music video veteran Philip G. Atwell.
It’s war August 24, 2007.
Random trivia time: Statham and Li has actually starred in a movie together before — the sci-fi actioner “The One” in 2001.