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Cradle 2 The Grave Review


Terrible
DMX is a hip-hop legend. With his growling, almost metallic, voice, hyped beats, and rugged hardcore lyrics, he transcends the energy and edginess of urban street culture with a unique hybrid style of rapping, singing, and even barking into the mike. Until now, he's successfully crossed over into film, portraying ruthlessly savage characters in Belly and Exit Wounds that seem to suit his thuggish gangster persona. But, unfortunately for director Andrzej Bartkoiak, he's not nearly as comical as Chris Tucker. And Jet Li lacks the personality of Jackie Chan. And thus Cradle 2 the Grave bombs in its attempt to recapture the charisma between foreign martial-artist cop paired with smooth-talking, tough-guy counterpart of Rush Hour and its kin.

Poor acting combined with the plausibility level of a G.I. Joe cartoon haunts Cradle 2 the Grave from the start. Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die) presents the audience with two highly specialized entertainers unable to break out of their typecast niches. For Jet Li, whose English is barely comprehendible, he cannot bond with X unless its through the universal language of fighting, and for X, while he can flex his tattooed body and be intimidating as anyone, his "tough guy" persona is limiting. So we have two Alphas with no sense of humor, facing a noticeable language barrier and an inhibiting script. No doubt the film would have been better if the villain Ling, played by Mark Dacascos (The Brotherhood of the Wolf), were to have switched roles with Li. Then at least he and X could have had at least one much-needed bonding moment. Instead, our heroes are left simply staring at one another in awkward downtime as they wait for the action to arrive.

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Red Planet Review


OK
One approaches the release of Red Planet with a singular, desperate thought: There is no way... it is not possible... it is inconceivable... that Red Planet could be worse than Mission to Mars.

Indeed, Red Planet makes for a far better film than Mission to Mars. While that's not saying a whole lot (since Mission currently ranks as the worst movie I've seen all year) Red Planet is at least competently constructed and mildly engaging, so long as you put aside the sappy melodramatics. Of course, this isn't that easy to do.

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Lethal Weapon 4 Review


Bad
Pretty hideous entry into the Lethal Weapon oeuvre, with Gibson and Glover as even older nogoodnik coppers on the trail of some Chinese slave traders. Uh huh. They really are getting too old for this shit after all.

Walking Tall (2004) Review


Good
Ironically, Walking Tall runs short. Credits included, the testosterone opera two-fists its way through 77 sweat-soaked minutes, and it's just enough. You won't be hungry for seconds by the time the last baddie hits the floor, but you won't be checking your watch repeatedly, either.

Let's not sugarcoat it. Tall remains a one-note genre picture specifically tailored to its shining star - The Rock. For what it is, though, Tall is quite good. It has fun with its limitations. It boasts strong fight choreography and interesting direction by Kevin Bray, who keeps the spotlight on its charismatic and camera-friendly leading man.

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Cradle 2 The Grave Movie Review

Cradle 2 The Grave Movie Review

DMX is a hip-hop legend. With his growling, almost metallic, voice, hyped beats, and rugged...

Red Planet Movie Review

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Walking Tall (2004) Movie Review

Walking Tall (2004) Movie Review

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