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The Art of War The Art of War

Wesley Snipes stars in and acts as an executive producer in the international crime thriller, The Art of War.

After a discordant Hong Kong gala that signals China's willingness to make a pact, China's envoy to the United Nations, Wu (James Wong), working with the UN Secretary General Thomas (Donald Sutherland) is murdered during a speech at a key UN meeting translated by UN worker Julia (Marie Matiko).

One of the film's high powered chase scenes ensues as Snipes' federal agent operating in tandem with supervisor Eleanor Hooks and able Anne Archer pursues a suspect.

What follows in much of The Art of War is disruptive shifting of action and discourse that delves into the chameleon dealings of covert agents who risk their lives.  The highly classified elite band are deemed invisible.  The mystery behind the showy title reveals a tome of a pacifistic Asian general, the lordly Sun Tsu, but it gets in the way of this action film, that borrows from Entrapment and Snipes' Rising Sun.

With the tangled diplomatic milieu, Shaw (Snypes) has a playful partner in Bly, a fierce Michael Biehn.  Also, his confidante the Asian rooted, but New York mannered Julia has the beauty and the plot entailed role which links the UN to a potentially cataclysmic global conspiracy.

Despite the prowess of Snipes (Passenger 57) to do some acting besides some nifty kicks and chips, The Art of War too often has a cultural identity crisis as it slides through bumpy, unforeseen moments which camouflage some stimulating sequences.

 
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