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The Iron Mask

Action legends Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up in this high concept fantasy historical epic, featuring breath-taking fights and stunning visuals. Set in the 18th century, English traveller Jonathan Green travels from Russia to China encountering dragons, black magic wizardry and a dragon king! Also starring Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng and Rutger Hauer.
Oleg Stepchenko
Arnold SchwarzeneggerJackie ChanJason Flemyng
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Rutger HauerCharles Dance
Sergei BespalovJackie ChanYingchun FangGleb FetisovPeikang LaAlexey A. PetrukhinArnold SchwarzeneggerSergey SelyanovMaofei ZhouMarina BespalovIrina Semenovskaya
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3.5 out of 5 stars

4917 global ratings

  1. 37% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 19% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 10% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 17% of reviews have 1 stars
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I Am Tyler DurdenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
If you like this kind of madness
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To be honest I cannot disagree with all the negative comments levelled at this film but in context it's an OK watch. It's a sequel to Forbidden Kingdom (Not to be confused with Jackie Chan's The Forbidden Kingdom) aka VIY also by Oleg Stepchenko which was like a cross between Terry Gilliam's Brothers Grim and a comedy Pan's Labyrinth. This time around they've gone for a Pirates Of The Caribbean meets Chinese fantasy film (A bit like The Forbidden Kingdom) complete with the small statute actor from Pirates OTC playing you guessed it a pirate. As if that wasn't confusing enough this film has also gone through many title changes, VIY2, Journey To China, Curse of The Dragon Seal. And now The Iron Mask because a secondary character has one for a while. And there lies a major issue, who exactly is the main character? It's not Chan, it's not Arnie, it's not the guy with the iron mask. It should be Jason Flemyng as the main character from part 1 but the focus of the story is all over the place. That aside if you've seen any modern Chinese fantasy wire-fu filled films this is almost on a par with many of them in terms of effects, sets, costumes, fights and action, somehow it's like as a whole it's weaker than the stronger individual parts. If you watch any of those Chinese films the dubbing and craziness of it all will not come as a surprise which is why I'm not giving it one star but I totally understand why many do even though it's hard to tie down exactly what's mainly wrong with this film. It is not up to the high standards of something like the Detective Dee films from China but it's a pleasing enough try and done with great gusto. Of course to see Arnie and Jackie Chan having a bit of a fight was something unique to behold and possibly jaw dropping for the wrong reasons. It's tragic though that this has not got a 3D release in any region. The entertainment level of part 1 was greatly lifted by 3D and seeing this one with so many objects flung at the camera and changing to slow-mo suggests they put just as much effort into making this one a good spectacle too. Unfortunately shots like that seem totally out of place and pointless in 2D and another reason to mark it down. I was never bored and I often stared in disbelief. Jackie Chan's team did a good job with his choreography in the early part of the film even if it was a retread of handcuffed together gags he'd done before but he's a legend and I will always be prepared to give him a break. You're forewarned, if like this kind of madness give it a go.
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CoralFangReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Embarrassingly bad
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What a waste of my time. I had no idea that this was a follow-up to Forbidden Kingdom, a crude but forgivable movie. My bad for not reading the reviews. This though, is in a league of it's own.

How the casting director managed to convince Charles Dance, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan to be involved I have no idea. Massive paychecks probably. The are in this 2 hour disaster for about 6minutes so if you are herefor the big names, don't bother.

The dubbing is dreadful. A lot of the audio is out of sync and the Russian and Chinese actors have been dubbed over by rough and tumble London Cockney accents - figure that one out yourself.

The plot makes little sense and the story progression is stupid. The acting is some of the worst I have ever seen. Hammy and over the top, there have been more convincing performances to be found in some of Channel 5's softcore porn films.

The sets and costumes are the saving grace. A lot of time and effort and stunning detail have gone into these. It could have been an exciting film - some great adventures, character design and decent fight scenes. Perfect for kids as it's so desperately trying to capture that 'Pirates of the Caribbean' feel. However, it's absolutely not worth the effort. I don't mind so bad it's funny films but this was a painful watch and I was bored throughout.

Don't bother, life is too short.
9 people found this helpful
Luke WhiteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Complete waste of money.
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Where to start... Ah yes, the audio... Completely out of sync by a couple seconds, the Chinese actors lips stand out like a sore thumb. Next up... The acting... It has got to be the worst acting I have ever seen in a movie by far, the only redeemable actors are Jackie Chan and Arnie and they are only in the movie for around 8 minutes eventhough there names were plastered all over the marketing and the movie is just over 2 hours long! Next up... The story... Makes no sense what so ever, is there even a story? And lastly the movie is titled: The Iron Mask. However the movie has literally nothing to do with the iron mask, yes there is a character who wears an iron mask, but he removes it within 20 minutes and is never ever brought up again. So false advertising. If you value your time, please give this movie a miss.
10 people found this helpful
Mr. S. G. KingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Poorly executed.
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I, and the family were expecting a fun and exciting fantasy movie with the likes of Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in it. The special effects were good and the storyline interesting. However... the script and the delivery of it were both wooden and laboured. It appeared to be a multi-co-production and as such, the foreign speakers were poorly dubbed by, what sounded like, the camera crew. The direction was sloppy, with unnecessary scene-jumping. We gave it a fair try, but after half an hour we found it increasingly hard to watch and so we turned it off for an alternative. Shame.
6 people found this helpful
JocastaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
A rubbishy movie which seems to have been produced by a committee
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Arnold S was cheesy & as he's obs not up for action scenes nowadays, cutting to the stuntmen was ropey.
Notice the volume of investors during the title credits from Russia, China etc etc and you'll see the bitty consequences during the film.
Jackie Chan is also a wee bit "over the hill" much as I admire him on and offscreen
7 people found this helpful
Sue NixonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t waste your time you will never get the 1hr 43 mins of your life back again.
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This is the worst film I have ever seen. The words didnt go with the mouths of the actors when they were speaking. Poor, very poor quality of the film and the film it self was poor.
10 people found this helpful
PRReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
How has this got any positive reviews? Who are you people???
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This is to all you giving this more than 2 stars, did you watch a different movie?

Spoiler free in case you were genuinely considering watching this. Please don't btw, re-watch the trailer so you get some entertainment and move on.

There are so many uninteresting and poorly implemented plot elements I was lost as to what the end goal of the film was meant to be half an hour in. Even once the ball got rolling I was still waiting for something to stop me questioning how utterly unbelievable everyone's story arcs became intertwined, not that you care much for it since the characters are so empty and devoid of any personality beyond being a vessel to convey the next joke. The punchline to which being "You wasted nearly 2 hours on this".

The acting is horrific. No not like someone was slightly out of character; as in what character at all? Seriously you can tell who in this film has a background in movies and who they just found loitering around the studio. Almost every scene feels like it had the same acting skill as "The Room".

Dubbing is jarring. Almost all audio is done in post laid over the fleshy puppeteering you see on screen making it bizarre to watch. I'd have preferred subtitles honestly. Some of the lines in this are so disconnected from the scene and paced erratically that I don't think they were recorded with visual prompts but rather just read off a script. In some cases the actor didn't even move their mouth... Did they film this first then write the dialogue or did they just make mistakes and didn't reshoot?

Visuals though are alright. It's not the best in the world but it's certainly fine to watch, it's just completely let down by everything else.

You've made it this far down my little rant. I won't waste more of your time, please find something else, I promise you don't want to watch this.
3 people found this helpful
PagespinnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Bonkers Russian-Chinese Fantasy Adventure
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Imagine (if you can) a fantasy adventure intended for Chinese and Russian audiences, but directed by Terry Gilliam on hallucinogens, and you begin to get an idea of what's in store here. It was originally released in China last year as a sequel to Viy, based on a Gogol story, and has variously done the rounds as Viy 2 and Journey to China before its current revival - thanks, no doubt, to the dearth of decent films during the pandemic.

A frequently bewildering plot- the over-the-titles exposition puts the opening of Dune to shame - a relentless plethora of cheesy CGI, bad dubbing, random accents and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Dance and Jackie Chan all very much looking the worse for wear - and, wait, can that be Rutger Hauer risen from the dead? - require much leniency from the audience during the two hours running time. However, its sheer who-cares chutzpah and panache helps carry you to the end and it's engaging enough at times to make one overlook the uneasy mixture of childishness and adult humour that sits so ill with Western audiences. There are even, possibly deliberate, touches of Monty Python, for example in the chained-up crazed old prisoner.

Those used to Hollywood scripts may be surprised that stars Schwarzenegger - cast with demented incongruity as the governor of the Tower of London - and Chan spend almost the whole running time in the Tower, leaving it only in a brief sequence at the end, but the film's eccentricities do allow a viewer willing to expend two hours and two quid a fair amount of eclectic, bizarre, so-bad-it's-good, entertainment. Where else can you find a film that features two dragons (one fake, one 'real'), a dwarven ship's captain, a flying gremlin, oodles of martial arts, Peter the Great and a lovingly (if unconvincingly) re-created Eighteenth Century London?
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