Bulletproof Monk Reviews

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Bulletproof Monk is a ridiculous, by-the-numbers action movie with silly dialogues and mediocre action sequences. This movie has aged poorly since it was released, with obvious green screen effects and unconvincing wire work. Movies like Crouching Tiger and Hero uses wire work to make action scenes more stylish as if characters are fighting in the air. In Bulletproof Monk, the wire work made the actors look like they're being manipulated by puppet strings. This is what happens when Hollywood attempts to make a wire-fu movie. The acting was also mediocre, and even campy at times with the ridiculous and pointless "Funktastic" character. Yes, that's his name. The worst line uttered from his mouth was "Lucky for you, this little bit of crumpet's come begging for some of my funktastic love" after Jaime King's character embraced him from behind, telling him to stop fighting Seann William Scott. Writing partners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris probably thought "funktastic" was the word that "cool kids" used back in 2003. The action scenes weren't very good either. Not only were there a lot of fast cuts, but the shots were framed too close to the actors so you don't get to see much of the action. Action movies would often do this to hide inferior choreography, but Chow Yun-fat is capable of doing stunts. Why the movie failed to utilize his talent as a martial artist is beyond me. There's not much to say about this film except it's a very forgettable, by-the-numbers action film. Everything that happens in the second and third act can be predicted well before the act even starts. The villain is a Nazi who acquires telekinesis in the third act, and only uses it once. The movie has no self awareness at all. In this film, Tibetan monks are tasked to protect the scroll that grants the reader "the power to control the world" from Nazis, who want to use the scroll for genocide and wipe out all the race that they deemed inferior, whatever that race is because there's no mention of Jewish people. If this was a Hong Kong movie, it would embrace the ridiculousness of the film. But when The Monk (played by Chow Yun-fat) shares his wisdom and philosophy with Seann William Scott, it feels like you're supposed to take the movie seriously. But how do you take the movie seriously when the big question is "Why do hot dogs come in packages of 10, while hot dog buns comes in packages of just eight?"? Overall, Bulletproof Monk is a terrible movie. Chow Yun-fat kicks ass in the film, and looked amazingly cool when he was on top of a car wielding two pistols, but the writing was awful, the action scenes were lame, and the cast lacked chemistry. You're better off watching The Matrix or Crouching Tiger again. And with juvenile humour, Bulletproof Monk is a kung-fu movie for teenagers.

    Bulletproof Monk is a ridiculous, by-the-numbers action movie with silly dialogues and mediocre action sequences. This movie has aged poorly since it was released, with obvious green screen effects and unconvincing wire work. Movies like Crouching Tiger and Hero uses wire work to make action scenes more stylish as if characters are fighting in the air. In Bulletproof Monk, the wire work made the actors look like they're being manipulated by puppet strings. This is what happens when Hollywood attempts to make a wire-fu movie. The acting was also mediocre, and even campy at times with the ridiculous and pointless "Funktastic" character. Yes, that's his name. The worst line uttered from his mouth was "Lucky for you, this little bit of crumpet's come begging for some of my funktastic love" after Jaime King's character embraced him from behind, telling him to stop fighting Seann William Scott. Writing partners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris probably thought "funktastic" was the word that "cool kids" used back in 2003. The action scenes weren't very good either. Not only were there a lot of fast cuts, but the shots were framed too close to the actors so you don't get to see much of the action. Action movies would often do this to hide inferior choreography, but Chow Yun-fat is capable of doing stunts. Why the movie failed to utilize his talent as a martial artist is beyond me. There's not much to say about this film except it's a very forgettable, by-the-numbers action film. Everything that happens in the second and third act can be predicted well before the act even starts. The villain is a Nazi who acquires telekinesis in the third act, and only uses it once. The movie has no self awareness at all. In this film, Tibetan monks are tasked to protect the scroll that grants the reader "the power to control the world" from Nazis, who want to use the scroll for genocide and wipe out all the race that they deemed inferior, whatever that race is because there's no mention of Jewish people. If this was a Hong Kong movie, it would embrace the ridiculousness of the film. But when The Monk (played by Chow Yun-fat) shares his wisdom and philosophy with Seann William Scott, it feels like you're supposed to take the movie seriously. But how do you take the movie seriously when the big question is "Why do hot dogs come in packages of 10, while hot dog buns comes in packages of just eight?"? Overall, Bulletproof Monk is a terrible movie. Chow Yun-fat kicks ass in the film, and looked amazingly cool when he was on top of a car wielding two pistols, but the writing was awful, the action scenes were lame, and the cast lacked chemistry. You're better off watching The Matrix or Crouching Tiger again. And with juvenile humour, Bulletproof Monk is a kung-fu movie for teenagers.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    A wild film that is either taking itself too seriously or never does. When the movie gets serious(not it’s strength) it’s weakness come out(poor effects, weak cast, predictable plot) butttt when the movie relaxes a bit and takes it easy. It turns into a rather satisfying film that’s good for some action and a laugh.

    A wild film that is either taking itself too seriously or never does. When the movie gets serious(not it’s strength) it’s weakness come out(poor effects, weak cast, predictable plot) butttt when the movie relaxes a bit and takes it easy. It turns into a rather satisfying film that’s good for some action and a laugh.

  • Aug 13, 2018

    A mi me ha gustado, es de las pocas peliculas que no me importa ver de nuevo aunque sepa el final.

    A mi me ha gustado, es de las pocas peliculas que no me importa ver de nuevo aunque sepa el final.

  • Aug 11, 2017

    Bulletproof Monk is a ridiculous, by-the-numbers action movie with silly dialogues and mediocre action sequences. This movie has aged poorly since it was released, with obvious green screen effects and unconvincing wire work. Movies like Crouching Tiger and Hero uses wire work to make action scenes more stylish as if characters are fighting in the air. In Bulletproof Monk, the wire work made the actors look like they're being manipulated by puppet strings. This is what happens when Hollywood attempts to make a wire-fu movie. The acting was also mediocre, and even campy at times with the ridiculous and pointless "Funktastic" character. Yes, that's his name. The worst line uttered from his mouth was "Lucky for you, this little bit of crumpet's come begging for some of my funktastic love" after Jaime King's character embraced him from behind, telling him to stop fighting Seann William Scott. Writing partners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris probably thought "funktastic" was the word that "cool kids" used back in 2003. The action scenes weren't very good either. Not only were there a lot of fast cuts, but the shots were framed too close to the actors so you don't get to see much of the action. Action movies would often do this to hide inferior choreography, but Chow Yun-fat is capable of doing stunts. Why the movie failed to utilize his talent as a martial artist is beyond me. There's not much to say about this film except it's a very forgettable, by-the-numbers action film. Everything that happens in the second and third act can be predicted well before the act even starts. The villain is a Nazi who acquires telekinesis in the third act, and only uses it once. The movie has no self awareness at all. In this film, Tibetan monks are tasked to protect the scroll that grants the reader "the power to control the world" from Nazis, who want to use the scroll for genocide and wipe out all the race that they deemed inferior, whatever that race is because there's no mention of Jewish people. If this was a Hong Kong movie, it would embrace the ridiculousness of the film. But when The Monk (played by Chow Yun-fat) shares his wisdom and philosophy with Seann William Scott, it feels like you're supposed to take the movie seriously. But how do you take the movie seriously when the big question is "Why do hot dogs come in packages of 10, while hot dog buns comes in packages of just eight?"? Overall, Bulletproof Monk isn't a terrible movie. Chow Yun-fat kicks ass in the film, and looked amazingly cool when he was on top of a car wielding two pistols, but the writing was awful, the action scenes were tame, and the cast lacked chemistry. You're better off watching The Matrix or Crouching Tiger again, and with juvenile humour, Bulletproof Monk is a kung-fu movie for teenagers.

    Bulletproof Monk is a ridiculous, by-the-numbers action movie with silly dialogues and mediocre action sequences. This movie has aged poorly since it was released, with obvious green screen effects and unconvincing wire work. Movies like Crouching Tiger and Hero uses wire work to make action scenes more stylish as if characters are fighting in the air. In Bulletproof Monk, the wire work made the actors look like they're being manipulated by puppet strings. This is what happens when Hollywood attempts to make a wire-fu movie. The acting was also mediocre, and even campy at times with the ridiculous and pointless "Funktastic" character. Yes, that's his name. The worst line uttered from his mouth was "Lucky for you, this little bit of crumpet's come begging for some of my funktastic love" after Jaime King's character embraced him from behind, telling him to stop fighting Seann William Scott. Writing partners Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris probably thought "funktastic" was the word that "cool kids" used back in 2003. The action scenes weren't very good either. Not only were there a lot of fast cuts, but the shots were framed too close to the actors so you don't get to see much of the action. Action movies would often do this to hide inferior choreography, but Chow Yun-fat is capable of doing stunts. Why the movie failed to utilize his talent as a martial artist is beyond me. There's not much to say about this film except it's a very forgettable, by-the-numbers action film. Everything that happens in the second and third act can be predicted well before the act even starts. The villain is a Nazi who acquires telekinesis in the third act, and only uses it once. The movie has no self awareness at all. In this film, Tibetan monks are tasked to protect the scroll that grants the reader "the power to control the world" from Nazis, who want to use the scroll for genocide and wipe out all the race that they deemed inferior, whatever that race is because there's no mention of Jewish people. If this was a Hong Kong movie, it would embrace the ridiculousness of the film. But when The Monk (played by Chow Yun-fat) shares his wisdom and philosophy with Seann William Scott, it feels like you're supposed to take the movie seriously. But how do you take the movie seriously when the big question is "Why do hot dogs come in packages of 10, while hot dog buns comes in packages of just eight?"? Overall, Bulletproof Monk isn't a terrible movie. Chow Yun-fat kicks ass in the film, and looked amazingly cool when he was on top of a car wielding two pistols, but the writing was awful, the action scenes were tame, and the cast lacked chemistry. You're better off watching The Matrix or Crouching Tiger again, and with juvenile humour, Bulletproof Monk is a kung-fu movie for teenagers.

  • Jul 30, 2017

    Fair to say this is a bit random - Combining Asian and American comedy to form what is an alright action thriller. Our lead chinaman has been assigned to guarding a sacred scroll, that would give anyone that read it, immortal power and youthful looks. His main enemy has been after it for a number of years, and having foiled him once, he returns a number of years later to have attempt number 2. Even though he's now frail and wheelchair bound, the crazed madman is still more than enough opposition with his army of family and vigilantes attacking in numbers. Our hero realises he can't protect the document on his own, and also needs a trusty compatriot to whom he can pass responsibility on in a few years time. This is when Seann William Scott arrives in the form of a low life pickpocket - An unlikely source that forms a surprisingly close friendship as each other's fighting skills and mannerisms intrigue one another. Littered with high speed battles, and unrealistic fight sequences, this is quite watchable without being spectacular. It's probably like a cross between Rush a Hour and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I'm not sure that's a good combination as it leaves us with a very unique spectacle. Ok as a one off but unsure it would have the strength to spark a series as the dialogue kind of lacks any real cutting edge. The acting is good but outside of the chases and duels, it tends to fall a bit flat - The Asian actor certainly doesn't have the charisma of Jackie Chan but it's still a credible performance, and a watchable production on the whole.

    Fair to say this is a bit random - Combining Asian and American comedy to form what is an alright action thriller. Our lead chinaman has been assigned to guarding a sacred scroll, that would give anyone that read it, immortal power and youthful looks. His main enemy has been after it for a number of years, and having foiled him once, he returns a number of years later to have attempt number 2. Even though he's now frail and wheelchair bound, the crazed madman is still more than enough opposition with his army of family and vigilantes attacking in numbers. Our hero realises he can't protect the document on his own, and also needs a trusty compatriot to whom he can pass responsibility on in a few years time. This is when Seann William Scott arrives in the form of a low life pickpocket - An unlikely source that forms a surprisingly close friendship as each other's fighting skills and mannerisms intrigue one another. Littered with high speed battles, and unrealistic fight sequences, this is quite watchable without being spectacular. It's probably like a cross between Rush a Hour and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I'm not sure that's a good combination as it leaves us with a very unique spectacle. Ok as a one off but unsure it would have the strength to spark a series as the dialogue kind of lacks any real cutting edge. The acting is good but outside of the chases and duels, it tends to fall a bit flat - The Asian actor certainly doesn't have the charisma of Jackie Chan but it's still a credible performance, and a watchable production on the whole.

  • May 16, 2017

    Despute the cheesy action and story fighting. and the random acting and influencing off of moves you watched in an old movie theater? I still thought it was a fun ride and an excellent way to keep that genre of movie going!

    Despute the cheesy action and story fighting. and the random acting and influencing off of moves you watched in an old movie theater? I still thought it was a fun ride and an excellent way to keep that genre of movie going!

  • Oct 18, 2016

    It had its charms. At times I wanted to like it, to be able to give it a three stars rating even, but any time I remember any scene with "Mr. Funktastic" I insist on the demotion to 2.5 stars tops.

    It had its charms. At times I wanted to like it, to be able to give it a three stars rating even, but any time I remember any scene with "Mr. Funktastic" I insist on the demotion to 2.5 stars tops.

  • Jamie C Super Reviewer
    Jan 21, 2016

    This movie was an all round disappointment from the OTT action stunts that if you're over the age of 10 will just roll your eyes at, The acting was pretty bad, The story has been done so many times we can guess what's going to happen next most of the time, Not even Seann William Scotts charm and humour can save this movie, The ending scenes were ok, But the rest of the film is cringe worthy and very forgetful.

    This movie was an all round disappointment from the OTT action stunts that if you're over the age of 10 will just roll your eyes at, The acting was pretty bad, The story has been done so many times we can guess what's going to happen next most of the time, Not even Seann William Scotts charm and humour can save this movie, The ending scenes were ok, But the rest of the film is cringe worthy and very forgetful.

  • Oct 30, 2015

    People forget to give themselves over to a movie and just be lost in it for awhile. I think this movie is just a good time.Not everything that makes ot to the theater is award winning.

    People forget to give themselves over to a movie and just be lost in it for awhile. I think this movie is just a good time.Not everything that makes ot to the theater is award winning.

  • Oct 14, 2015

    Modern leftover NAZIs still seek the ancient alien scroll of superhuman rejuvenation & conquering battle skills that comes to which ever possessor chants the incantation of its magic power.

    Modern leftover NAZIs still seek the ancient alien scroll of superhuman rejuvenation & conquering battle skills that comes to which ever possessor chants the incantation of its magic power.