The Iron Mask review – Arnie slugs it out with Jackie Chan in the Tower

Published on Apr 08, 2020

The Iron Mask review – Arnie slugs it out with Jackie Chan in the Tower

Set in 18th-century Russia, China and England, this bloated action-fantasy adventure features the bizarre sight of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tricorn hat

Here is a mysteriously gigantic and interminable action-fantasy adventure – a colossal Chinese-Russian co-production that is in fact a sequel, also known as Viy 2: Journey to China. It’s a follow-up to another digitally bloated, genetically modified piece of entertainment from 2014 called – in various territories – The Forbidden Kingdom or Forbidden Empire.

The setting is 18th-century Russia, China and England, and in this last country we are treated to the admittedly enjoyable sight of Arnold Schwarzenegger, in what appears to be an English naval uniform and bizarre tricorn hat, playing James Hook, the jailer of the Tower of London. For a fraction of second, on seeing Arnie in his get-up, I hoped he would try a British accent, but his normal one works as well as any other.

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Read full article at: The Guardian - Film News

Author: Peter Bradshaw