Street Fighter Reviews
The action and fight sequences are pitiful, totally laughable, I can't even bring myself to call them action sequences whilst the sets look like paper thin sets merely with lots of metal and monitors everywhere.
The main issue with this 'film' is the fact its totally and completely made for kids, watered down to the bone with nothing for anyone over the age of about 13 to enjoy. Game fans will be like...'excuse me!!?' whilst most adults will simply piss their pants with laughter. Just adding the odd chase sequence or explosion doesn't make things all better Mr Director.
One of the only films I can say is sheer dross and less than B-movie standards mainly because it cost a bomb to make, had a HUGE merchandise and marketing push. It was actually advertised as a serious action film (probably due to JCVD being in it), it was! I remember seeing it in the cinema.
SFII cannot be made into a serious or semi serious film end of, the characters and stories just don't work in this field. Animated yes, live action no, no no no hell no. The best bit of the film has to be the introduction of 'Blanka' and 'Dhalsim', I swear only Ed Wood could compete with that.
Bah! Talking about this anymore will just make me angrier. To hell with this crap!
The only representation of what a live action street fighter movie consists of, and the only one that should ever be made.
Bison: You have made me a very happy man.
Colonel William F. Guile: And next, I'll make you a dead one.
This is everything that one would want out of this kind of movie. Nearing the top of the list of video game movies, certainly one of the best or at least most fun to watch. Also one of Van Damme's finest movies, which is saying a lot...or is it...no, sadly.
Colonel William F. Guile: It's the Collection Agency, Bison. Your ass is six months over due, and it's mine.
Some movies are just too good sometimes. This is one of them. The passion that goes into JCVD's acting choices here, along with the scene chewery of the late Raul Julia, and the wonderfulness that is the random reaction shots throughout. This is film making at its finest.
Chun Li: My father saved his village at the cost of his own life. You had him shot as you ran away. A hero at a thousand paces!
Bison: I'm sorry... I don't remember any of it.
Chun Li: You don't remember?
Bison: For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me... it was Tuesday.
My primary complaint is the laughable casting. It's like the makers of the movie knew absolutely nothing about the games except for the sex, names, and races of the various characters. They make a huge effort to work the names of every character into the movie, just so the audience will (presumably) think it's cool to see their favorites on the big screen. But, Van Damme as an American soldier? Kylie Minogue as Cammy?
Oh, and let's briefly mention the story. Balrog is a cameraman and Ryu and Ken (with brown hair!!) are some type of lovable con-men? Shadaloo City? Ugh. Actual street fighting wouldn't give me enough brain damage to want to ever see this again.