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The Purifiers (2005)

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A gang of crime-fighting kung-fu artists try to make their way home through a forbidding urban landscape in this stylish action thriller. In the not-so-distant future, a large city has been taken over by a handful of street gangs who have established their own territories and defend their turf from outsiders with their skills in martial arts. Moses (Kevin McKidd), a powerful figure in the city's underworld, calls a meeting of the town's gang kingpins, and proposes that they all join forces and take control of the city's organized crime syndicate under his rule. The Purifiers, a good-guy gang who strive to keep their neighborhood safe and free of crime, are not interested in working with Moses, but John (Gordon Alexander), their leader, discovers Moses expects full cooperation from everyone...and would rather have the Purfiers dead than have them as rivals. The Purifiers also stars Dominic Monaghan, best known for his work as Meriadoc Brandybuck in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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R (adult situations/language)
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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New Line Cinema

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Okay so let me just say I'm kind of disappointed... Well more like very disappointed because the trailer looked pretty cool but then it wasnt. This movie is about some Martial Arts Clubs who have created there own city infostructure. Then Moses who is pretty much like the president even though i guess there is some sort of goverment so it's actually like he's the president of the hood. So anyways they are seperated into differnt parts of the city and when one club comes into another clubs part then it causes problems anyways Moses comes up with the idea to form together so they can take over the whole city instead of the little bit they have. ( Sounds pretty good so far...right?) But then they all form together but the purifers dont because they are not corrupt like the others. (Yay for them) So Moses tells the other clubs to pretty much kill the Purifiers. Then crap happens blah blah blah and the main dude for the Purifiers ends up coming back to Moses and then they fight and it's all because a dude on the Purifiers set all of them up and then they go agaist everything they stood for blah blah blah lame. SO besides from the story line sucking it only gets worse. With horrible acting, stupid special effects that dont even make sense, and then the kung fu is downright horrible if you wanna get a picture in your head then picture you and your best friend who have come up with a fight scene and then you act it out only once and record it with really far away punches and lame kung fu since you dont actually know any and then you've pretty much got this movie. Then there was so much slow motion when if it was fast it would have looked a lot better. However 1 person was a good actor and that was Kevin Mckidd aka Moses who is or was a star in Journey Man. Then the other who did okay was Gordon Alexander. And I forgot there was one good fight scene between Moses and The main dude in The Purifiers. So all in all this movie doesnt even deserve two and half stars so im gunna change it to two.

Tommy Muehler
Tommy Muehler

Not a great movie, but not as bad as some reviews make it out to be. The acting is a bit wooden, and McKidd is way over the top, but the film has merit based on the idea that just because everyone else is doing it doesn't make it right. The "hero" stands up for what he believes in, in spite of all of his gang either turning on him or betraying his trust. The martial arts choreography is pretty decent too. Go in with an open mind, and don't let the small stuff (like the themes of the rival "gangs" - they had to do something to differentiate them) distract you from the purity of the story.

Don Schick
Don Schick

I only wanted to see this because Dominic Monoghan, plays Charlie in lost, was in it.. It is so funny. It's a british kung-fu movie. HAHA. It was so bad, it was good. The acting was good, they just took themselves so seriously it was cheesy.

Jenny Guzman
Jenny Guzman

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