The Invisible Fight by Rainer Sarnet [5/10]

Born of Estonian parents, I was immediately drawn to Rainer Sarnet’s ultra-quirky The Invisible Fight, an energized, silly story of a young martial arts fan (played with huge, attractive brio by moustachioed Ursel Tilk) who journeys to a monastery of adepts. Everyone is hooked on heavy metal music and roaring, lovely music informs most scenes, especially the copious kung-fu fights. Our hero embarks on a path to mastery of his chosen calling and all manner of extravagant battles, choreographed with a love of classic movies, take place, a love interest enters, and much is in place for a thoroughly frisky cinematic experience. Add an element of satire (it is set in the early 1970s, when Estonia was a crushed satellite of the Soviet Union) and there is much to admire. Yet the plotline is a meaningless mess, with no calibration of intensity and no sense of control, and the ending is a bust. I was intended to laugh, I guess, but never did, so watch The Invisible Fight if the allure of a meld of heavy metal, kung-fu, and religion calls to you, but otherwise, it is regrettably difficult to recommend.

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