The show centers on Kai — who ultimately gets handed the responsibility to destroy crime lords (who wield mystical powers) within the first 15 minutes of the movie — is tasked with the duty to destroy Chinatown’s crime lord, Uncle Six who just happens to be his dad, well adoptive dad, that is. The character goes from having one mission to accomplish, to then having to follow a dreamlike prophecy and the direction just keeps changing from there on.
Uwais is joined by the likes of Lu Xin (Iron Fist’s Lewis Tan), Jenny (Quantico’s Li Jun Li), and her brother Tommy (Sleepy Hollow’s Lawrence Kao) and CG (Vikings’ Katheryn Winnick).
Wu Assassins has a story and it has a good one to tell. While it might take a while to get used to, the pace, where at times the episodes take a while to relay a message and there are times where something that could have been developed, is rushed.
Before we get into the reasons why you should give this show a chance or two, Wu Assassins certainly suffers from an overload of cliché scripts and it isn’t just throughout half of the show but it’s a problem present that the whole season faces.
Characters are bogged down with lines that do not carry any significant weight. With a great cast in hand, the shows’ writers could have done a better job with the script. The main character is often the one in the spotlight to be seen delivering stale lines compared to the rest in the show. The stale lines deliver bland characters throughout the show, often losing the audience’s attention.
I found myself putting certain episodes on pause and taking 10-min breaks before getting back into finishing the episode. Since the show plays around with supernatural affects, special effects can be seen. The visuals aren’t exactly at the peak and often contrast by how mature the show gets episode after episode.
However, if there’s one thing to highlight, it would be the fight choreography in the movie. While it may not be at the same pace as Into the Badlands had portrayed, it was certainly a level higher than Iron Fist or what Iron Fist deserved to have shown us.
Uwais’ Kai manages to shine through every martial art scene and the same applies to other characters who are involved in a stunt scene which is basically every 10 min in an episode in this show. While the show has a simple direction in delivering a simple storyline, somehow it fails to do so. It almost feels like watching the Defenders but this time, the characters that come together to form this heroic team of five feels a little displaced.
If Wu Assassins gets renewed for another season, hopefully audiences won’t be forced to sit through another round of cliché lines and stale acting. It may not come up to the same level as Into the Badlands, and while the show has the potential, it has a long way to go to prove itself as a contender — as a proper martial arts series.