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Monday, March 1, 2021

Movie Review: Double World (2020) Netflix

Double World (2020)
Zheng tu (original title)
21 July 2020 (USA)
Director: Teddy Chan
Writers: Fendou Liu, Ning Wen, Him Law
Henry Dong Yilong
Peter Chu Hun
Chenhan Jinggang
Luxia Bi Nu
Him Zhongqian Luo
Runtime: 1h 50min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Content Rating: 15+
In a fictional universe comprising of ten nations, seeing that the neighbouring country is becoming more and more powerful, a warlord organises a competition to reveal the best warriors. Thus, keen to bring honor to his clan, young villager Dong Yi Long embarks on a perilous journey to compete in the tournament and brings along Chu Hun and Miss Jinggang to fight alongside him.

Wow! What a visually stunning movie, for many reasons I will get into... there will be a lot of images in this review because that is the movie's strength.
First a little background. Double World is based on a popular Chinese MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game) called Zhengtu. Kind of like World of Warcraft. The story is set in a fantasy version of China with warlords, dragons and swords. The plot is basic. A big tournament is held to find out the best warrior in all the lands. Each clan sends their top three to compete in a Hunger Games-style event. In other words, if you don't win, you die. Our heroes are three misfits that enter for different reasons. You have the young, optimistic orphan (chosen one), a guilt and vengeance-ridden warrior, and a small and feisty thief. 
I loved all three characters. They do bring in a fourth sorta-member once they get to the games.
There is so much to watch. There is a skilled blend of CGI and live-action. The scenery, fight choreography, the COSTUMES... the bad-a**ery. It is a feast for the eyes. 

Double World is sub-titled and you will struggle to read and not miss any of the action sometimes. I might watch it again just to look this time...if you know what I mean ;)
The movie didn't end on a cliff-hanger but definitely with a sequel in mind. I was a little disappointed with the fate of some of the characters.

3.75 "burning down the house" Sheep


1 comment:

  1. The film's ensemble cast, featuring talents such as Liu Xia Jiang as Bi Nu and Him Luo as Zhongqian Luo, adds depth to the narrative. Clocking in at 1 hour 50 minutes, Double World promises a mix of action, adventure and fantasy, making it an exciting watch for fans of the genre. The film's exploration of a fictional universe and the theme of a competition of warriors add a layer of intrigue to a traditional fantasy narrative. With a content rating of 15+, The Double World provides a mix of exciting scenes and makes it an attractive choice for experienced student review advanced writers .