#REVIEW: “IRON MASK”
Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
Iron Mask is one of those movies that takes its audience to the point of no return and is so absolutely bonkers, you just can’t turn your eyes away. Not that anyone’s complaining! The Cinematography is breathtaking, the performances are amazing. Strap yourself in for a magic storm of the most confusing, spectacular-looking, over-acted spectacles to grace our screens this year!
The Movie focuses on Jonathan (Jason Fleming) as he is trapped in a fictionalized version of the Tower of London with The Master (Jackie Chan) and held captive there by James Hook (Arnold Schwarzenegger). While in China there are supernatural occurrences happening there and someone is posing as Cheng Lan (Xingtong Yao), the imposter portrayed by Li Ma. Jonathan and The Master try to escape the Tower of London while imposter Cheng Lan tries to create havoc.
The biggest problem with Iron Mask is that the marketing and billing suggests that Schwarzenneger and Chan are the leads. This is not the case, and the disappointment from not seeing these two legends interact more on-screen was disappointing. That isn’t to say that when they are on-screen their performances aren’t hilarious because they are. While Chan is still doing his own stunts incredibly, his action sequences with Schwarzenegger were too quickly-cut for our liking. Schwarzenegger on the other hand, is the definition of campiness here, almost as if he is parodying himself in his glory days, but he is undeniably-fun. Jason Fleming is somehow the most outlandish Actor in this entire Film, his performance is the most cartoonish and unhinged of the bunch. It must be seen to be believed.
Iron Mask is wild! VVS Films release IRON MASK digitally, on-demand, DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, March 23, 2021.