The Forbidden Kingdom Reviews
(2008) The Forbidden Kingdom
ACTION/ ADVENTURE/ COMEDY
As an action fan for both Jackie and Jet Li's Chinese films, I should've expected this film wouldn't be any good because of the Hollywood budget etc.. and was totally sucked in as soon as I saw both Li and Chan in the same sentence, since it's something I've never seen before with thousands of Chan and Lee fans- I bet even anticapating that with this pair up would consist some of the same adrenlaine rush as their other films, while at one time living in their native Hong Kong! Boy, was I wrong, and what a waste of time- I even paid a price of admission to see this turd, they call a film! The best way to describe this film is a made-for-tv, as an afternoon special fluff for kids still in pajamas, and not for mature adults and Jackie Chan/ Jet Lee fans alike! The simple-minded formula involves some little tyke always being bullied, gets sent back in time to learn all of life's lessons! Both Jackie and Jet Li play double roles, with make up and acting that most pre-schoolers would love, but to any normal adult would be disappointed! They're no hard fought martial arts! No Jet Li and Jackie Chan trademark action styles shown, and already aware that alot of things they do in much of their previous films are dangerous and would be able to kill anyone in real life!
Their is only one fight scene in the "Forbidden Kingdom" between the two and I have to say that it's not much for any die hard fans to even care! Yes, this a PG 13 film- a PG film at it's worst! Go back to Hong Kong Jackie and Jet while you still got talent, why waste it on American movies!
1.5 out of 4