The Expendables

The Expendables” – movie that I have been waiting for for so long didn’t disappoint me at all.  In fact, it was quite the opposite.  I enjoyed each and every bit of it.  It was everything I wanted it to be – a moderately paced, funny action movie with very simple story and lots of fighting, shooting, chasing, exploding, etc.

It was very well positioned in its genre.  In such a way even that makes it easy to excuse any shortcomings, be they holes in the story or acting or special effects. I’m not saying there were any, if there were any.  I’m just saying that even if you notice something that you don’t like, you’ll probably forget about it within a second.  There’s plenty to enjoy.

Of course I’ll rate this movie as 5 out of 5.  That’s both for nostalgic reasons and for a historical moment of all three superstars – Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger – appearing in the same scene together.  And there was so much more …

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Yesterday I went to see “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor“.  I thought that the previous two movies (“The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns“) were entertaining, so I was looking forward to this one.  However, there were quite a few reviews that mentioned that this sequel sucked.  That got me into doubts whether I should see it at all or not, but finally I decided to go.

The flick wasn’t bad at all.  It was somewhat crowded with characters, and the plot was sort of weak, but the important stuff was still there – mummy, Brendan Fraser, and tonnes of special effects.  Shooting, fighting, car chases, airplanes, zombie battles, exposions – these were all in excess.

But the critics were somewhat right.  This wasn’t as good the previous mummy movies.  First of all, the mummy itself wasn’t strong or scary.  In the previous films, the Egyptian mummy was so powerful that it was making warriors out of sand dunes, commanding millions of flash eating beatles, and moving stormy clouds in formations.  A hero had to fight that mummy, because it was too devastating before it was even getting into its full powers.  In this film though, the mummy was more like a pissed off guy getting his life back.  Whoever gets on his way was getting his butt kicked.  There was some potential for evil afterwords, but it’s just not the same.  Secondly,  Rachel Weisz wasn’t in this movie, and she couldn’t have been substitute by anyone.  Not in a million years.  Thirdly, there was something obviously dogdy about the storyline itself.  It felt like the good guys has become the bad guys, and the bad guys has become the good guys.  And since it wasn’t going very well on its own, some really bad dialogues and mottos were added to the mix.  And that didn’t mix that well.

Overall, I’d give it a 6 out of 10.  Not a bad entertainment flick if you are to see it in the movies, but don’t be expecting much out of it, and I doubt that it’s worth a DVD purchase.

P.S.: There is no way Brandon Fraser could win a fight against Jet Li.  No way!

The One

Jet Li is almost a guarantee of a good action movie with lots of martial arts. Not yet, but he is surely getting there. I rented “The One“, because I was too lazy to look for something else and I agreed to watch a Jet Li movie.

Directed by: James Wong
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cast: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham, James Morrison, Dylan Bruno, Archie Kao, Richard Steinmetz, Steve Rankin, Tucker Smallwood, Harriet Sansom Harris, David Keats, Dean Norris, Ron Zimmerman, Darin Morgan
IMDB raintg: 5.4
My rating: 6.0 ******

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Danny the Dog

I added “Danny the Dog” to my list of movies to watch because it was one of the most mentioned Jet Li movies. So I didn’t expect anything but a good action out of it when I pressed the playback button.

Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Jet Li, Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, Kerry Condon, Vincent Regan, Dylan Brown, Tamer Hassan, Michael Jenn, Phyllida Law, Carole Ann Wilson, Michael Ian Lambert, Jaclyn Lee, Puthirith Chou, Tony Theng, Owen Lay
IMDB raintg: 7.2
My rating: 8.5 ********½

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Black Mask

Hak hap (1996)Black Mask” (aka “Hak hap”) is one of those new wave Chinese action movies. Released in 1996 it must be one of the first movies of the coming era.

Directed by: Daniel Lee
Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cast: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Matt McKenzie, Karen Mok, Françoise Yip, Kong Lung, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Xin Xin Xiong, Ellis Winston, Russ Price, Michael Ian Lambert, Moses Chan, King-fai Chung
IMDB raintg: 5.8
My rating: 6.0 ******

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