the bombing

Director: Xiao Feng (hushed roar)

Starring: bruce willis, Song Seung-heon, Liu Ye, Janine Chang

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★

During World War II, five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing.

Bruce Willis hasn't really been in the public eye with any of his movies recently. Of course that will all change in 2019 with the release of Glass but he seems to have flown under the radar a bit lately. With films like The Bombing you can see why. 

Col. Jack Johnson, a U.S. military advisor, trains a squadron of Chinese pilots to help them defend their homeland against Japanese aerial invasion. Meanwhile ex-pilot Xue Gangtou must take a military truck through treacherous terrain and en route acquires some passengers. All the while the citizens of Chongqing are under constant attack from the Imperial Air Force. 

 

When you discover the myriad of problems that The Bombing (called Air Strike in a number of other territories) had during production, its three year delay in release, you can completely understand why narratively its a bit of a mess. There seems to be multiple story threads that don't quite fit in with each other. 

There are some truly epic dog fights with some spectacular CGI shots of 1940's China, and Bruce really does try with the little he has. Also Adrien Brody and Rumer Willis are in The Bombing for such a short amount of time that if you blink you'll miss them. 

The Bombing's troubled production shows in the execution of its narrative structure although there are some great action sequences on show here.

★★

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The Bombing is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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