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September 20, 2016
Utter failure to Kung Fu properly.
There are certain codes of honor people must obey to properly live as a movie Kung Fu master. This flagrantly ignores all these principals in many ways but most significantly in one particular moment: Jet Li gets taken captive by a whole group of gunmen and then tells the leader he's going to kill him. The leader laughs at the apparently futile threat only to have Jet Li correct him that it's not a threat, it's a promise. A perfectly serviceable setup for a righteous murder, preferably within 30 seconds of any proper martial arts master saying it, but it doesn't happen not ever. He even gets a golden opportunity (not that a real expert needs anything more than the gunmen being distracted for 1/8th of a second) and doesn't even take it. What the hell?!? Did the screenwriters ever even watch any East Asian films at all? What is the point of the hero spending years of his life being tormented by a sadistic hermit if he can't even live by the code of always proving what a bad-ass he really is. I'm not even too scared of him to write that his teacher must be ashamed. I know these crossover movies have to let certain normally irredeemable slights slide, like being a foreigner, but some parts of the code must not be ignored.
In contrast just look at the Street Fighter (a movie this film liberally rips off in the worst ways) two dudes square off without needing anything more than exchanging a purposeful look.
I'm sure Jet Li had to buy a house in Singapore or something (their real estate does not come cheap), but I feel bad for him debasing himself like this.
½ July 13, 2016
As long as audiences know not to take the film seriously at all, its a fun flick where Jet Li beats up on bad guys and supporting characters provide entertaining dialogue. Li and Aaliyah look comfortable on-screen together.
½ May 27, 2016
Predictable and hokey, but still a pretty entertaining picture.
½ November 14, 2015
Great movie. very entertaining. great action and creative fight scenes. good comedy and nice story. there was some fakeness and the baseline score was outdated, sounding like porn music but it didn't ruin it. and the other songs in the movie still worked well (aliyah, dmx, etc). jet li is a beast. And I was surprised by aliyah's acting (about 4 viewings)
July 14, 2015
I really want to see this
July 1, 2015
A little silly at times but overall it's a lot of fun to watch Jet Li kick some ass!
½ May 27, 2015
The action sequences are good but the story is a bore.
½ May 1, 2015
Not exactly memorable, but not bad either.
½ April 22, 2015
An insult to Jet Li and has one of the crapiest stories. A wannabe crime epic with an annoying performance by Aaliyah and Russell Wong is not a martial arts master.
January 31, 2015
jet li the s*** and i just love Aaliyah!!!
January 14, 2015
I want to see it so bad I don't know how someone help please
September 14, 2014
One of my favourite films RIP Aaliyah
½ April 24, 2014
Pretty bland. The action takes you out of the movie because it defies physics. The movie is set in the modern world so wire work action makes the story look phony. I still like Jet Li beating up Anthony Anderson.
½ March 15, 2014
Sad to know Aaliyah is gone. Such talent. :(
½ March 13, 2014
This movie definitely has its flaws but the story and great fight scenes make up for them as far as I'm concerned.
February 23, 2014
One of my favorites of all time
December 27, 2013
A gang war breaks out between a Chinese and African American gangs. Jet Li's brother dies and he escapes prison to try and get his revenge. He ends up becoming close to Aaliyah in a sort-of Romeo & Juliet story. That's not the best part but it doesn't matter. The action is pretty solid and there is a good amount of it. Also surprisingly funny with Anthony Anderson. Still a pretty good movie.
October 9, 2013
This move is good, it's different. Not your typical cliche movies that are coming out now with typical girl and guy and a cliche story. Not this movie, Love it :)
½ September 15, 2013
It is slow and takes time to take -off . some scenes are good like Jet li escaping from the prison, rugby match and last fight scene. but overall it is ordinary movie with nothing special
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