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The Fifth Commandment Reviews

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Al S

Super Reviewer

November 20, 2012
A stylish, thrilling, fast-paced and exhilarating action-packed thrill-ride. A slickly crafted film with lots of homage to the action classics of the 1980`s mixed in with the cool style and charisma of today. It`s packed with sensational fight scenes and gun battles that roar with intense velocity. A wickedly cool action-thriller. Rick Yune is terrific, he writes, produces and stars in the film showing his commitment and dedication to the piece. Bokeem Woodbine is fantastic. Keith David is excellent.
skactopus
skactopus

Super Reviewer

January 16, 2010
The Fifth Commandment is a tarnish on the directing resume of Jesse V. Johnson.The story for this 90 minute picture is quite fitting for an action thriller of this caliber; however, some plot holes and poor writing really hurt the film as a whole. The introduction is similar to an 80's shoot 'em up, which is one of the more enjoyable parts of the movie, but once the story advances years forward, it turns into a bland waste of time.As it should, The Fifth Commandment has its fair share of action. Still, the sound effects, editing, camera work, and background music all contribute in a negative way, resulting in mediocre sequences of violence.There are some recognizable faces in Rick Yune, Keith David, Bokeem Woodbine, and Dania Ramirez. None of these names are a big help. Rick Yune has the personality of an assassin, but his dialogue is just horrendous. Dania Ramirez is pretty, but she comes across as annoying and unimpressive. Both Keith David and Bokeem Woodbine are the only ones that contribute a little in the acting department.The Fifth Commandment has a lot of negatives, which makes it an easy film to pass on. Therefore, feel free to watch something else.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2009
A pretty good straight to DVD action film. Some good fight scenes and stunt work. An assassin passes up a hit on a female singer and gets drawn in to protect her from the next taker. Feels like quite a few other films put together most notably Bangkok Dangerous and the Replacement killers.
Beefy
Beefy

Super Reviewer

August 17, 2009
Always great to see Keith David strutting his stuff, but this one is generic to the point of pointlessness. Watch it if there's nothing else on.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

May 24, 2009
Average assassin action with Rick Yune as it's not quite Ong Bak. The action is fierce. The tension is explosive. The camera work is dazzling. But what action sequences there are do not come off as anything special and some almost yawn-inducing.
Fascade F

Super Reviewer

August 3, 2009
This was a different kind of assassin flick. Father is the teacher...Brother takes his own road as a bodyguard..leaving the star of the show as an orphaned step son to take his own road as an assassin. Coincedentally there this one account involving a singer...("The Bodyguard" with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston comes to mind at this point...) that the brother has is a target the other brother doesn't want to take...so they work things out in a way where the bottom line is that the singer needs protection...no matter what and the protections she needs takes him on the road to revenge...See this it's not too bad!
Maymay A

Super Reviewer

February 5, 2014
Though a substantial plot must not be expected of The Fifth Commandment, the action scenes were entertaining enough thus making this a fairly satisfying watch.
Remi L

Super Reviewer

June 19, 2010
This was basically Ninja Assassin-meets-Romeo Must Die with half the budget and even less of the acting. 'm a big fan of a multi-culti cast, but I'd love for them to be in quality films. No disrespect to Rick Yune, I loved him in The Fast and the Furious, but I was unimpressed with this flick. Everything about it was stale: the acting, the shootouts, the fight scenes; all of it. Perhaps the only highlight of the film was its original take on contract killing, to which I give Yune kudos. Other than that, pass this one up.
alanjayh
alanjayh

Super Reviewer

December 31, 2008
Throwback martial arts/shoot em up like they did in the 80's...plenty of action, gunplay and fight scenes..some of the drama is cheesy, but the theme of revenge runs deep in this actioneer and delivers. If you enjoyed early John Woo movies, you will enjoy this film as well. Decent acting and predictable script and plot, but held my interest from start to finish.
May 21, 2012
Boring plot and ineptly shot action ruins what could have been a rather fun action flick. Too many of the elements are familiar and when dialogue is not your strong point you should avoid long talking sequences in favour of pace and action.
LordJack
July 5, 2010
This movie is horrid, it has problems and nothing but problems:

- The characters in this movie are simplistic, boring and are not fleshed out very well. They keep making stupid choices.

- the acting is stiff and done poorly.

- this movie is filled with plotholes.

- Rick Yune who plays as Chance (the protagonist of this movie) keeps talking in a deep gruff voice and his 'brother' Miles talks the same way. Who are these morons try to sound like?

- the plot is poorly written.

- the camera shifts a lot.

- the action scenes are overly editted and poorly done. They're not very impressive.

- the dialogue is poorly written.

- the wrong sounds play at certain parts; for example, in one scene a gun shot sound plays at a time when an explosion occurs.

- the cops go after Chance without investigating and proving that he killed a cop. It clearly shows in the movie that Chance did not kill a cop at all, he only killed bad people.

- the girl that Chance protects is very annoying and stupid, and what's even worse than her is the fact that she does not die in this movie. She really should die.

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Overall, this movie is more trouble than it's worth. It's dull and boring. There is no redeeming quality to found in it, IT JUST PLAIN SUCKS. IT IS NOT WORTH WATCHING. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER DUMBASS ACTION MOVIE THAT TRIES TO BE LIKE THE "BOURNE IDENTITY" AND FAILS MISERABLY. DON'T EVER WATCH IT. 0/10
EdGe
April 15, 2010
A sloppy piece of crap of a movie that has more holes on its plot than a strainer cup. Rick Yune (who also happens to be both the writer and producer of this mess), plays the lead role, Chance Templeton, a contract killer. He was rescued by Max "Coolbreeze" Templeton (Keith David) when he was kid right after his parents were killed.

The movie was horribly mis-casted and poorly written that I got confused on what was happening during the first 10 or 15 minutes. When he was rescued by Max from a contract killing gone sour, Chance was portrayed by an Asian child actor. Then when he turned into a young adult, (played by BooBoo Stewart) he turned into a Caucasian. But for some reason when he grew up, his features miraculously turned back to Asian. Talk about racial identity crisis.

Yune's acting was so stiff, you would think he was constipated or something. I totally agree with the reviewer White Dragon that Angel (Dania Ramirez), the singer (a la J-Lo) and main target of the contract killers, was so annoying you would wish for her to die. But then, she didn't because she also happens to be Chance's love interest in the end (suprise, suprise...lol!).

The action scenes were messed up and poorly edited. It's like watching Chuck Norris acting in a Steven Seagal movie. The stunts were horribly done.

To sum it all up, don't even dare watch this...not unless you have a death wish (die of boredom and cheesiness). I sat through the whole film just because there was nothing else to watch on HBO. Plus the fact that I really wanted to write a movie review today (this my longest movie review in RT to date). Too bad that it was wasted on this wretched action flick.
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