The Art of WarAugust 25, 2000
Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation…
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 5.6/10 (15,289 voted)
Critic's Score: 30/100
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Anne Archer, Maury Chaykin
Shaw is an operative for the United Nations' covert dirty-tricks squad, using espionage and quasi-ethical tactics to secure peace and cooperation. When a shipping container full of dead Vietnamese refugees turns up on the docks and China's ambassador is gunned down at a dinner celebrating a new trade agreement with China and the US, Shaw is framed for the murder and must evade the FBI and Triad gangsters to find out what is really going on.
Writers: Wayne Beach, Wayne Beach
Ray, FBI Agent
Hong Kong Reporter
Who is your foe?
Release Date: 25 August 2000
Filming Locations: Hong Kong, China
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $10,410,993
(27 August 2000)
Did You Know?
Before appearing in this film, Wesley Snipes read a copy of Sun Tzu's "Art of War" in
Crew or equipment visible:
When the car explodes outside of the cafe, the camera cuts to an inside shot through the windows. The explosion wires attached to the windows to make them shatter are visible.
What is he waiting for?
[putting on headset]
What are you waiting for?
Novak, I'm experiencing the moment.
He's going to experience a Chinese labor camp in a moment if he doesn't stick to schedule.
Awesome guilty pleasure!
Wesley Snipes has always been trusty in the action genre. He has great
charisma and looks totally cool when kicking the crap out of the bad guys.
Ever since his breakthrough role in "Passenger 57." There are many great
moments of action in "The Art of War." Sure, the plot is far from
compelling, but the energy and fast pace keeps it fueled.
"The Art of War" is not a work of art, but it's a great popcorn flick and
one that won't put you to sleep! I just wish they could've done something
about the cliches. I'm not going to give anything away, so I'll just say,
"Why is it in these movies the characters never seem to know who their
driver is?" It's an overused cliche and a cheap surprise.
My score: 7 (out of 10)