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  • Jason goes out of his way to find the best kung-fu movies, which so happens to be at a run down pawn shop owned by an old Chinese man
  • In ways you would be right, if it wasn't for these two men then I don't think the movie would be as entertaining as it was
  • However at the same time I found myself intrigued by John Fusco's story
  • The Forbidden Kingdom is already near the two hour mark, but I think it would have been vital add in a few more scenes, just so things don't seem so tacked on

    • by Sami Oughanem


      The director of the first two Stuart Little movies and the writer of The Babe are ready to bring you on a journey through ancient China. Instead of keeping things on a cliché level these two men, Rob Minkoff and John Fusco, are spicing things up just a little bit. Thanks to Jet Li and Jackie Chan, The Forbidden Kingdom is a step forward in American kung-fu movies.

      Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angarano) is an American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema. Jason goes out of his way to find the best kung-fu movies, which so happens to be at a run down pawn shop owned by an old Chinese man.

      When things go wrong with Jason and the local bullies he has to take them to the pawn shop at night. While Jason and the bullies are there they search high and low for the old mans money. After some time the money can not be found and the old man is shot, leaving Jason to run for his life. Just as Jason thinks his life is going to end he is warped to ancient China, where he goes on a quest to deliver a staff the old man told him about.

      Just by looking at the two men who

      created this film you would think The Forbidden Kingdom was a movie that’s riding off the coat tales of Jet Li and Jackie Chan. In ways you would be right, if it wasn’t for these two men then I don’t think the movie would be as entertaining as it was. However at the same time I found myself intrigued by John Fusco’s story.

      The story keeps true to old kung-fu movies. If you have ever seen old Hong Kong cinema then you would know that the fighting sequences are intense. The Forbidden Kingdom has some of the best kung-fu I have seen from an Americanized Hong Kong film. All of the martial arts in this movie is legit and it will keep you on your feet.

      Acting wise everyone does a decent job except for the American actors. Michael Angarano and all of the bullies just don’t seem to be nearly as good as their Chinese counterparts. Angarano is supposed to be this teenager but I could swear he looks much older than how his character is written. When he is in ancient China things do change, mainly since the American actors are no where to be seen, except for Michael Angarano.

      There is a lack of character development for most of the characters in the film. From what I can tell Jason Tripitikas is new in town and these bullies will stop at nothing at robbing the old man. Did I miss something or is this movie really just throwing story aspects at the wall, seeing if they’d stick? The Forbidden Kingdom is already near the two hour mark, but I think it would have been vital add in a few more scenes, just so things don’t seem so tacked on.

      The blu-ray version comes packed with two discs, one being the movie with all the features and the other containing a digital copy of the film. Instead of buying the movie digitally you can just install it on your computer.

      The 2.35:1 AVC video is overall nice. The colors really stick out on this release, from the cherry blossom fields to the green grass. This movie is one of those films that really stick out on blu-ray. Everything on this disc really sticks out, they went above and beyond when transferring this film to high definition. You can also hear this as well when it comes to the films score and sound effects. All of this sticks out real nicely.

      For a film that didn’t exactly set record breaking numbers there are ...

      • The Forbidden Kingdom, martial arts film
      enough extras to make you feel all warm inside. Just by seeing everything this disc has to offer you’d think your time would be well spent. It turns out all of these extras are just extras, not too many of them really stick out as anything special. The commentary track offers a nice touch to the films origin and how it became what you see. Rob Minkoff and John Fusco just play it safe with this track.

      There are a series of six deleted scenes. For around eight minutes (optional commentary is included) you get a bunch of scenes that really shouldn’t have been in the film. None of these scenes really do much for the movie.

      Six different featurettes are included on this disc. All of these feel like long selling pitches just so you would see The Forbidden Kingdom. If you already saw the movie then none of these are really worth your time. Only fans of the film may find something worth while here.

      I was a fan of the picture-in-picture clips that play during the movie. It feels like an extra commentary track in ways. Most of the cast and crew get to talk during the duration of the film. You get to see and hear everything about

      the films production, anyone inspiring to make a movie will defiantly find something nice in here.

      There is a blooper reel that just feels out of place. Jackie Chan usually has blooper reels in his movies but they are never like this. Don’t expect to see Jackie break anything here, all you get is a bunch of actors that can’t seem to remember their lines.

      Finally the disc has a feature called Molog, an online extra that lets you edit the film. It took me nearly two minutes to download this feature and I use a cable connection. The reason I mention this is because this feature was not working too well for me. It seemed like a ghost was controlling everything for me or there is way too much lag going on.

      For an American kung-fu movie I think The Forbidden Kingdom was real good. If you were to compare this movie to any Hong Kong kung-fu movie then it would not be as good. Either way I think this film is a lot better than most people said it was. There are plenty of extras to go around and you do get a digital copy. All of this adds up to a film that is well worth the asking price.

Azriel says :

I kinda liked this movie because when it comes to kung fu action, i really like these stuffs compared to the action by gun fight. Action scenes where they beat each other up so “dramatically” and “rhythmical” as they fight fist to fist and when they jump all over the place as if dancing. I really enjoyed this movie so much and its worth the time spent in it.
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