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Cradle 2 The Grave Review


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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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