Jason Statham and Jet Li duke it out once again, and boy, was I excited! From those two, all of us expect tons of great action sequences, gorgeously choreographed martial arts, and the sheer magnetism of both men to carry this film. While it did have its ass-kicking moments, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Or in this case, punches and kicks.
John Crawford (Statham) and Tom Lone (Terry Chen) are FBI agents and partners. They have been trying to crack the case involving rival Yakuza factions in the San Francisco area. They think they got a break to nail some of them, but the delight is short-lived. So, they are getting ready to get together with their wives and children to watch sports one weekend, when Tom and his family are gunned down by one of the factions they are investigating.
Three years speed by. John and his wife are now divorced and it’s mentioned that his complete dedication to his job and obsession with the past led to the demise of the marriage. Hi. When did this turn into Die Hard? The war between the factions continues and escalates, raising the body count. Now, a deadly assassin going by the pseudonym of Rogue (Jet Li) factors in quite a bit to this story. He goes back and forth between both factions and it’s debatable as to where his loyalty lies. Either way, he’s got some leverage.
All I wanted to see was both of them kicking the snot out of everybody and inevitably each other. Hell, I didn’t need a plot. It’s an action movie! As long as Jet brought out his superhuman roundhouse kicks and Jason was just standing there or speaking or both, I was a happy camper.
A few times, it was lagging and the story got boring, but for what it was, it wasn’t bad. All kidding aside, it could have been better. For me, there weren’t enough fight scenes. For these kind of movies, you can never have too many of them. There are a few twists and turns that will be surprising, however. You might as well shell out some bucks for a matinee.
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