Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 90
Dumb and by-the-numbers, but serviceable.
Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 18
Dumb and by-the-numbers, but serviceable.
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A thief and a lawman join forces to hunt down a common enemy in this action thriller. Tony Fait (DMX) is a master thief who, along with his crew (Gabrielle Union, Anthony Anderson, and Drag-On), pulls off a major score when they steal a cache of highly valuable black diamonds. However, the hard-as-nails Tony has a soft spot for his young daughter Vanessa (Paige Hurd), and Ling (Mark Dacascos), a former detective turned ruthless criminal, kidnaps Vanessa, demanding a ransom from Tony for her
Feb 28, 2003 Wide
Aug 12, 2003
Warner Bros. - Official Site
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[DMX] acts like he raps -- in fits and starts, with heaps of ruff growling. Li barely has enough lines to qualify for a SAG card.
If all this leaves viewers more drained than exhilarated, that's the nature of this particular beast.
A secondhand action movie that retreads all the tired staples of the 1980s and '90s.
It's saying something when Tom Arnold's performance is among the movie's highlights.
In Cradle 2 the Grave, producer Joel Silver returns with gusto to the mix of martial arts action and urban attitude that proved so potent in Romeo Must Die.
While it aspires to be cinematic junk food, the picture is relentlessly moronic, eschewing B-movie thrills to wallow in Z-movie production achievements.
When the film features a steel cage brawl between Li and a gaggle of Ultimate Fighting Champions, an ATV chase with DMX, and a kick-ass girlfight between Kelly Hu and Gabrielle Union, enduring the dreck is a relatively small price to pay.
Absurdity is one of Cradle 2 the Grave's two fatal flaws. The other is predictability.
You'll have to check your brain at the door, but as long as you remember to pick it up on the way out, you should be fine.
Unlike many films of this genre, it has a plot that makes sense and it has characters that are least defined, if not developed.
A movie about stealing pricey diamonds rather than strutting around in them, it pits ghetto jewel thieves against martial arts secret agents and high-stakes shopaholics.
Em certo momento do filme, ao descrever o crescente poder de destruição de uma arma, um personagem diz: 'Uma Hiroshima... Duas Hiroshimas...'. Creio que o estágio seguinte seria: 'Um Contra o Tempo...'.
Cradle 2 the Grave feels like about four different movies working at once, all of them stylized, none of them making much sense and maybe a couple of those being even slightly entertaining.
Save a place at the cemetery for this film.
In the spectrum of modern martial arts movies, Cradle 2 the Grave is glorified B-movie fodder at best.
A fast-paced, big action hip-hop kung fu thriller, Cradle 2 The Grave stretches the boundaries of the genre with an engaging combo of Jet Li magic, a smart, funny script and spectacular stunts.
It's an insult to Jet Li's acrobatic talent, and also to DMX's svelte, feral intensity.
Cradle 2 the Grave is a contemporary Hollywood B-movie and the most shamelessly excessive buddy action picture since The Last Boy Scout.
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