FIRST LOOK: Iron Mask – VOD

Holy title changes, Batman! The source material is loosely (?) based on a horror novella by Nikolai Googol. Oh, and is a sequel. Haven’t read the book, haven’t seen the first movie, but it’s noteworthy for two actors.

If only we could have gotten Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger going against each other in their prime. Alas, we’ll have to settle for older versions of the action and martial arts legends facing off in some quasi fantasy/horror mashup (or so we think).

Chan plays a kung fu expert, simply known as Master, who must escape from the maniacal James Hook (Schwarzenegger) in order to help his daughter save their homeland from a mythical dragon.

Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger Face Off in Trailer for Iron Mask | PEOPLE.com

Official trailer:

If only this movie had been made in the 80s! Younger Jackie and Arnold head to head? Sign me up!

The trailer isn’t making me that excited, especially with the hokey looking wire work, but I’m a fan of both Jackie and Arnold, so maybe this will be better than the trailer. Arnold’s costume looks kind of ridiculous too. Those sideburns, lol!

This is a sequel to the movie Viy (2014) and was released in China as Viy 2: Journey To China on August 16, 2019. I found that out by going to the Wikipedia page, because there isn’t a lot of non-review information available otherwise. I normally try to avoid looking at reviews to avoid spoilers before seeing movies, but caught the scores and most aren’t good. Maybe they want to distance from the first movie? Not sell this as sequel? The new title is too much like The Man in the Iron Mask, which also had a recent version.

Also, odd to see two familiar action stars, admittedly late in their respective careers, starring in this sequel. Viy the first film was commercially successful in Russia although it’s known under two different names: Forbidden Empire and Forbidden Kingdom. I don’t get the reasons behind all these different movie titles, can anybody throw me a bone in the comments? Figure out a title, stick with it, brand it, promote it, etc. Don’t change the freaking title a half dozen times and confuse the heck out of everybody.

Anybody looking forward to this one? Seems a bit sketchy to me, but maybe it will be better than it looks without deep diving too much and having the entire movie ruined. Then again, maybe it is what it looks like. Paint me mildly curious, if nothing to see what the heck Arnold and Jackie are doing herein.

Iron Mask will be available on VOD/PVOD November 20, 2020.

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