For martial arts movie fans only, as if you couldn't have guessed. Or Nathan Jones completists. There's something that was probably supposed to pass for a story, but it only existed for the purpose of hanging Muay thai fights off of it.
There's also a fair amount of bizarre stuff that I guess just doesn't translate to Western culture. Not in the sense of "Those whacky Japanese with their day-glo and panties in vending machines", but in the sense of "uh... kay".
Thanks again, Tarantino, for providing an appetizer for the new Jet Li picture.
The US version is hacked to bits. Not that the original cut makes a whole bundle more sense, but the story at least moves from A to B coherently.
But yeah. The fight scenes are some of the best ever, the rest broaches "worst movie of the year" ground. Still, worth an eventual rental on DVD for the brawls.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
Who goes to a Tony Jaa movie for plot? This was maybe the most tongue-in-cheek awesome movie of the year, even beating Snakes on a Plane.
Scene: Mark DeRosa's brain. The year is 2005. Part of Mark DeRosa's brain: Come on, another position change? One day it's second base, the next day right field, now it's third? Why, I oughta go into Buck's office and throw his talking fish on the floor! Other part of Mark DeRosa's brain: Hold on, other part of the brain. We're making $500,000 this year. Last year we made $725,000. All for playing a damn kids' game. This is, as they say in Brainland, a no-"us"-er. We're not going to complain. Part of Mark DeRosa's brain: You're right, dude. Let's go back to looking at this crazy porn Teixeira gave us!
I enjoyed the "passing of the torch" scence with Jackie Chan... And speaking of Jackie Chan, his earlier movies had as much plot as this one does and like Big Bad said "Who goes to a Tony Jaa movie for plot". He just needs to kick people in head while twisting in mid-air... plot-schmot..
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If you read BACK TO THE BATCAVE from Adam West, you'll find out that he was very much loved by the original Bat himself. I always found him to be hilarious...even better than the Jim Carrey "Riddler" in the movies. Rest in peace, Frank!