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Year:2000
Country of origin:USA
Director:Andrzej Bartkowiak
Genre: Dreadful actioner
Starring:Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington
Rating:1/5
IMDB link:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165929/
Tagline:In the city ruled by criminals, two families have forgotten their fear. He will make them remember.
Favourite line:None worth mentioning

This is an action movie so bad, I was left feeling so furious at the end I was forced to go for a ten mile run, just to calm my nerves.

The plot:
Jet Li is an ex-cop, currently investigating the murder of his brother who he believes was associated with the Chinese mafia. He also happens to be romantically involved with the daughter of an American Mafia Boss, who is none too amused that she has taken up, not only with an ex-cop, but a Chinese man.
Inevitably, as the two worlds collide, mucho fight scenes are bound to occur.

Utterly lacking in atmosphere, absolutely devoid of subtlety or flair, this is one of the loudest films I've ever seen, be it the fight scenes, the roar of engines or the almost incessant and interminable hip-hop played throughout.
Not good hip-hop, mind, really poor, knuckle-scraping hip-hop.
Jet Li's character could have been played by anyone, so ineffective is he at commanding a screen presence, whilst the rest of the cast where a series of grisly racial caricatures that were genuinely painful to watch.
One of the worst films I've seen in a while.

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