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Heart Of The Dragon (1985)

Heart Of The Dragon (1985)

HOTD, you know what that stands for? That grungy fast-paced two-player shooter from the 90s - House Of The Dead, you say? Nah, what are you thinking, it's Heart Of The Dragon of course! A classic martial arts movie with Jackie Chan in it! (more…)

Doomsday (2008)

Doomsday (2008)

Woah, this one was actually really good... so how come I've never heard of it earlier? I'm three years late at enjoying this piece of action, but better late than never, right?

The movie follows the same actor as in Aeon Flux, whatever her name is (that's not her above), as she journeys through a contained environment (kinda like Equilibrium) to find a way out, rebel against the system, flunk the high ground and surf the rise. Ok?

There's a lot of martial arts, a lot of special effects, great filmography, a great (even when well-used) plot and eh... don't forget mounds of action, good movie. Worth watching. It gets a...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Happy Feet (2006)

Happy Feet (2006)

It wasn't too long ago that I watched this movies, but I'm amazed, it's outdated already?! (more…)

Ocean Heaven (2011)

Ocean Heaven (2011)

I'm disappointed. The movie had Jet Li in it so I thought it would be some kind of amazing martial arts movie with non-stop action, but it turns out it wasn't. After watching this I felt like I did after watching Shinjoku Incident, not too great. Actually the Shinjoku Incident was better, heavier, darker, but just as Jet Li in this movie Jackie Chan didn't get to do any martial arts in that one either. Oh, what about the plot? It's a real drama, family values, someone dies, a little romance, I couldn't care less.

 rated 2/5: decent

The Evil Cult (1993)

The Evil Cult (1993)

AKA Kung-Fu Master... or something like that. Anyway...

In this movie we watch as various masters and descendants and uncles and martial artists all get together and do various stances and kill different people and search for more power and fly all over the place and reach insanely high speeds running at the speed of wind.

Jet Li is somewhere in the very middle of this mess playing a lead character, beating up the bad guys, avenging his father, learning the Solar Stance and doing some great things. It's a mixture of martial arts and fantasy and quite frankly - I don't like it. I'd rather they just skip past that fantasy part and go all out martial-arts, maybe add a little good plot as extra spice. This was a good movie I guess, fast-paced, interesting all the way through, and I'll probably remember it because despite the mess there is some uniqueness to it, but I didn't really like it, much.

Oh, Samu Hung is in the movie too, though he doesn't do much fighting, just a little. He does teach the main character Jet Li Tai-Chi (hey, it rhymes!) to beat the master-villain, but it's a small light in a dark night. This movie is decent, it's actually a really good movie if you like the fantasy and martial arts mixture, but I don't, I like it a bit more realistic. Thus the mediocre score:

 rated 3/5: not bad

Lord Of War (2005)

Lord Of War (2005)

I'm not a big Nicholas Cage fan, and every time I watch a movie with Nicholas Cage in it I'm surprised they chose him to be the main actor. Because really, are there any big Nicholas Cage fans out there? Probably, since he has so many lead roles. It's not that he acts bad, it's just, well, he's normal, and not a spectacularly good actor either. He always has the same voice, always the same facial expressions. It feels like he doesn't become the character - the character becomes him. Maybe that's why he gets so many leading roles though, he's flexible, he's normal, he fits everywhere.

Not saying I don't like the movie though. This movie is great.

The movie is a bit of a documentary over the weapon trade. We follow Nicholas (don't remember his name in the movie, doesn't matter, it's still the actor not the character being played) as he grows up and starts dealing weapons all over the world. To dictators. To, well, mostly almost only dictators. He tells the story through an overlayering narrative and through his own speech within the movie. There isn't any real action, apart from a few people getting shot now and then (nothing he's directly involved in) but it still stays interesting all the time... and intense.

The scenery is varied, the people he interacts with all have definable personalities, there are some witty punchlines, there's some satire, there's a lot of talking and great scenery and the story has a heavy, a bit depressing, yet light and realistic hue. Overall, it's a good movie. Not an action movie as the name implies, not directly, but it is still a very good movie. His wife turning him in and his brother dying in front of him are some of the elements that turn it into the great movie it is. Reminds me of The Godfather, with added documentary value. The ending has a twist to it, too, even after he's turned in by his wife.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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