Thursday, July 2, 2009

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li - DVD Review


Starring Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Michael Clarke Duncan, Moon Bloodgood and Robin Shou.
Directed by Andrezj Bartkowiak.

At least the 1994 Street Fighter movie starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia was campy from beginning to end. This movie is like a superhero origin story that takes itself way too seriously, then breaks into heavily-edited fight scenes. Kinda reminded me of Elektra more than anything, and Kristin Kreuk as 2009's sure made me miss 1994's Ming-Na.

The dialogue is atrocious, particularly with the two cops following Chun-Li.

Sample dialogue:
"We got orders, Nash. We're off the case."
"What orders?"
"Orders, Nash!"

The two cops are played by Chris Klein, who looked like after Election and American Pie he might have a career, and Moon Bloodgood (Apocalypto), who has a cool name but needs to find better material. There are really some stunningly incompetant scenes in this movie, where it seems like actors are pulling lines out of a cliche hat and then delivering them with no idea how it incorporates into the rest of the story. Klein just knows he needs to be tough. McDonough (as Bison) and Duncan (as Balrog) know they're evil. Kreuk knows she has daddy issues.

Ninety minutes of just playing one of the Street Fighter games would be far more entertaining.

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