Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kiss of the Dragon. C

Jet Li is one of the perrinial action legends who appears in Stallone's The Expendables. Considered to be this generation's Bruce Lee, Li himself never disappoints us in his movies. But that doesn't mean the movies he chooses to appear in don't. Kiss of the Dragon is a perfect example Li taking on sub-par material, perhaps to magnify his skills, or just because the story seemed good and the check seemed even better. This is an ugly, cluttered movie filled with material we've seen before. And when the film's title comes into play, we're more disturbed than amazed. Kiss of the Dragon never explains much, but it's not too hard to see what's going on. But really the plot, which is one of those betrayal-leads to-hunted formulas, takes a seat to the film's real sell: Li demonstrating his cutting-edge moves repeatedly. But the problem is that there wasn't actually anything he did that blew me away. Surely the coolest part is when he takes on those massive hunks at the end, but even that worked better in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Li definitely deserves to be in The Expendables, but just like his fellow team members, his career is not immune to duds.

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