This was a succesful attempt to do a throwback Kung Fu flick. If you like old 70's and early 80's Kung Fu flicks, you should like this movie. Plus, it is beautifully shot. However, it just misses the mark a little bit. I expected better acting from Russel Crowe. It seems he did his character study from the white guy(can't remember his name) in Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon". His acting was sub-par. It was not horrible. It just was not a performance I would have expected from Russell Crowe. It was no "Gladiator" or " A Beautiful Mind" type of perfromance. Also, I believe that what has plagued the Wu-Tang Clan as a music group has somehow found its was to this movie. The unwillingness to compromise! In not trying to sell out in paying homage to old Kung Fu flicks, this movie does not adopt the modern styles and themes employed for today's martial arts movies including the styles from movies like "The Matrix" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". This is what has made the millenia martial arts movie platform successful. Adopting these styles and trends, while staying true to the core story of this movie, would have elevated it to rockstar if not Golden Globe status. I still will give it 4 stars though!