It’s not a bad film, by any means, as there are definitely worse action movies to spend 90 minutes with. Yet, there are so many other, better, martial art films out there, with many including at least one actor from this film.
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The film boasts a sizeable effects budget too for some nice explosions, blood squirts, and bullet ballet. Sit back, disconnect, and have fun. Even with the lack of an A-List star, Triple Threat finds a way to stand on its own.
At times, the film’s demand for teamwork precludes satisfying payoffs.
Like any obviously competent action director, Johnson establishes geography and spatial stakes with rigor, but then, like any incompetent action director—cough, Peter Berg, cough—he loses focus, the idea of the action overtaking its execution. It’s frustrating, because Johnson clearly understands what he’s doing.