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Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  28 February 2003 (USA)
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A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

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Storyline

When his daughter is kidnapped and held in exchange for priceless diamonds, the leader of a crew of highly skilled urban thieves (DMX) forges an unlikely alliance with a Taiwanese Intelligence officer (Jet Li) to rescue her. Their race against the clock to find the precious stones ultimately unravels a plot to distribute a deadly new weapon of war. Written by PhatBleek

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$158,897 (Brazil) (25 July 2003)

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$158,897 (Brazil) (25 July 2003)
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Fait: You read Chinese?
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Written by C. Sandford, S. King, Chad Ginsburg, Jess Margera, and Deron Miller
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Bazaar Royale appears Courtesy of Bloodline Records, Inc.
Contains samples from "96 Quite Bitter Beings"
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A reasonably workable action picture is undermined by the inclusion of a stupid little girl and a dedicated daddy motive by DMX.
18 August 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

What could have been a reasonably acceptable action vehicle for Jet Li became completely annoying thanks to the obligatory (and ridiculously lame) inclusion of what I'd call Hollywood's fascination with "family values" and "kiddie cuteness". An R-rated action picture is no place for cutesy, resourceful brats and there's nothing more bland than an action hero straddled with a family or family members in peril. It all reeks with middle-class political correctness and made the DMX character an unnecessary annoyance. Real villains would have made short work of the kid's ears and gotten a little cooperation from that rapper a lot sooner. This one's pathetically wimpy, even with Jet versus the ultimate fighting boys; not having any gratuitous nudity is unforgivable also, especially when you set the audience up for some!


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