and Jet Li, Cradle to the Grave is an absolute delight to watch. Revolving
around the story of a diamond robbery gone wrong, DMX and his friends are a
group of professional thieves and this heist looks to be the big one.
Naturally enough, things go awry (or else we wouldnít have a movie really, or
even this review) and when Fait (DMX) has his daughter kidnapped, he goes on
the warpath with his friends to recover his daughter.
Things are complicated throughout this
film as every party involved in it thinks that Fait and co. has the diamonds
when this is not the case. Things get even worse when itís discovered that the
stones are not in fact the black diamonds, but a new form of plutonium that is
weapons grade. When it has a certain amount of special charge applied to it,
the stone actually increases in destructive capacity making it one of the
deadliest things known to man.
Jet Li stars
as a Taiwanese cop who has been sent to recover the stones that have been
stolen from his country by a rogue cop who was part of Jet Liís team. In the
search for the stones, the two guys join forces with some great results and
awesome fight scenes. I had forgotten how well Jet Li acts in fight scenes and
this show was set to reinform me of how good he was. DMX also has what it
takes when it comes time to kick some cinematographic butt.
One of the
things amongst all the others was the fact that this film was also a very
funny one. Whilst I am sure that it wasnít really billed as a comedy action
flick, there are more than just a couple of laughs to be had, and yes they are
deliberate as opposed to having some really bad areas that generated a
chuckle. In particular, if you want to laugh out loud, make sure that you
watch the entire running of the credits at the end of the movie, as it is
guaranteed to make you smile.
thing about the title is that although it is pretty much a no brainer movie,
itís also a very entertaining piece of work that will have you watching from
start to finish, engrossed in the story and action. To watch Jet Li fight is
like watching poetry in motion and absolutely amazing to boot. The scenes in
this movie are well choreographed and look brilliant on the screen.
As far as
picture and sound quality is concerned, this DVD is fully up to snuff and
looks great and sounds better. Being an action film, scores and sound do play
a big role and greatly accentuate the viewing experience. The picture is
crystal clear and is wonderful to watch. Whilst there is not a great deal done
in the way of new cinematography, there are plenty of dynamic angles used to
best do justice to the type of film.
The movie is
worth the purchase and will be one that is watched time and again. I strongly
doubt that it will win any awards but really with this sort of film that is
besides the point. Itís just a good solid piece of somewhat predictable
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