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It is almost criminal that a director, given the fan base, premise, and
interesting character backgrounds/moves in advance to filming can
produce such a steaming pile. This man had four aces and traded them
away because he didn't understand the basic rules to five card stud.
What the hell was with the story? M. Bison with children? Who the hell wants to see that? Chun li's three minutes of training was almost as much of a joke as casting the dude from American Pie as an interpol agent..
What happened to the tournament.. you know.. the idea behind the game? Even the two mortal kombat movies got that much right. (I know at least the casting director saw those movies because Lou from MK is Gen) Worse, what the hell was with the fighting scenes.. Where is M. Bison's moves from the game, he does slides in the game, not standard martial arts, and where the hell was his Special MOVE? Worse, when do you see M. Bison with a bamboo stick in the game.. NEVER! Why is Vega such a push over.. why are the effects on chun-li's fireball so corny! It didn't look anything like the game, which is a fast-paced single motion fireball of chi and which could've been done aptly with today's cgi.
The only thing worthwhile in this movie is a) the soundtrack (which was fitting), b) the cinematography (which was mostly fitting, good high key lighting, good color combination, fitting aura.. even though the Mise en Scene lacked originality or thought.. docks and guns.. really?) The casting is stupid (nobody looks like they should, or ACTS like they should.) The writing is corny, pretentious, and lacks ANY of the INTERESTING characters from the Street Fighter Game. The directing/editing was brilliantly as talentless as all these other elements. Too many dissolves. Too many pointless scenes. The inciting incident was stupid, as well as the plot.
I could go on forever. To a person who paid 85 dollars to get the Street Fighter Championship and Hyper Edition on Sega Genesis when it first dropped, this movie is not just a disappointment, but a mind-boggling failure.
I've always considered Jean-Claude Van Damme's Street Fighter movie from 1994 to be one of the worst martial arts movies that I have seen but compared to this, it's not looking too bad anymore. I hesitate to mention acting when reviewing a martial arts movie but when it's this bad you have to mention it. Chris Klein's Interpol character was ridiculous. Everything he does is so over the top and exaggerated that it looks as though he watched every cop movie from the past 25 years to get into character. Of course when you are given dialogue like "He walks through raindrops" to describe the villain's elusiveness, there's not much hope to begin with. Oh and he loves his job. So much that not one, but two scenes are punctuated with him smiling to himself and saying "I love my job". Enough about acting though because good fight scenes can save any martial arts movie but unfortunately there's none to be found here either. Kristin Kreuk is never believable at all in the action scenes. Her character is shown being taught Wushu by her father in the beginning of the film but I would describe her fighting style later in the movie as wire gymnastics. Girl can flip good though, I'll give her that. It was good to see Robin Shou again even if he does have the thankless role of teaching Chun-Li how to make a floating ball of something. He's the only one of the main characters who has any real martial arts background. The dude from The Blackeyed Peas is a pretty good dancer though. Guess that's why he got the part of Vega. What I will never understand is this: If you are going to make a martial arts movie that has a terrible script and terrible acting anyway, why not cast real martial artists. At least cast a real martial artist in a role that has only two lines of dialogue. Terrible acting, terrible fight scenes, and a terrible movie.
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this is a bad movie...it is, really!
when i was young, i liked the street fighter games. they were fun beat-m-ups and laid the groundwork for the genre. however, it's hard to see how you can make a movie out of it, cause the storyline in the game is next to non-existent. it turns out that you can't make a movie of out it.... the movie i saw had nothing to do with the street fighter game - it was just a very very bad action movie with particularly horrible acting and a very weak plot set in Thailand for some nice backgrounds (no further purpose, as far as i could tell), much like that other bad movie 'bangkok dangerous'.
so, what's wrong with the movie, will you wonder. well let me elaborate
a) the actors are bad, to say the least. Why take an American actress for Chun Li? They could have taken Zhang Ziyi for example, but no, they went for a typical American girl that can't say three words of mandarin Chinese and then give her a load of lines to say in that language... not a good choice. Neal McDonough has only one face in acting - ever seeing him as Dave Williams in Desperate Housewives has done it for me. He can't act. He can only look slightly smug, so that's all he does. Michael Clarke Duncan is a great actor, but he is reduced to a brainless thug in this flick, what a waste.... Chris Klein and someone named 'Moon Bloodgood' as detectives? Really? Are you kidding me? I could go on, but suffice to say - the acting is very bad. b) the plot is useless. nothing is explained. what does chun-li's dad do? what does he have to do for this bison character? why should we care? whats this bison guy's motives? why does he kill all his associates? why do we see that? should we care? how did gen survive an rpg explosion in his home? why didn't they just fly in the guys daughter? why do we need to get to know his daughter? again... why should we care.... c) the fighting is unbelievable and below par - you would expect that in a movie that's based on a beat'm'up, the martial arts is at least up-to-par. but it's not! oh my god, this movie is such a let down. and someone please explain me why chun-li had to finish with some fireball thing and then break the guy's neck in such a complicated manner? it just doesn't make sense.... like the whole movie...
do yourself a favor - do not see this. don't spend your time and money, you WILL be disappointed!
You know how they say that some movies are so bad that they're good?
Well, "Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li" may be so brain-boilingly
awful that it's actually incredible. Take pretty much everything that
you know about the video game this is based on, and throw it all out of
the window because that's exactly what the makers of this movie did!
Now have a think about the following question. If you had been orphaned as a small baby in Thailand, what accent would you have after growing up there? Well, according to the makers of this movie, it would be Irish. If you're looking for an explanation to this, the movie intelligently provides one by informing you that the character in question (Bison, for those of you who know your Street Fighter games) had an Irish mother.
This is a movie in which we have a renegade cop called Nash who has obviously never had the time to look up the word 'cliche'. With two day stubble, he swaggers around his scenes shouting things like "What orders?" or growling at computer screens. At one point he walks straight up to the camera to recite plot-moving dialogue straight to the audience with a knowing wink.
This movie is awful. Absolutely terrible. There is even a scene in which Chun Li actually has a sexy dance-off with a lesbian enemy. I swear to God, that I'm not joking about this. What's even better is that this scene ends with a character asking renegade cop Nash 'Are you going to tell me or should I guess?' with Nash growling back in a Dirty Harry voice (whilst squinting like somebody playing a parody in one of those "Epic Movie" abominations) 'Go ahead and guess.' It's as though Chris Klein (who plays Nash) was the only actor who realised that this entire movie was a joke and decided to pretend he was in a comedy.
I can't recommend this movie enough if you get any amusement over cinematic car crashes.
Terrible. Just terrible.
Seriously...this could be studied in film schools for years to come
simply because of the sheer levels of self-seriousness and overly
dramatic delivery of the actors. It's bad...really, really bad but it
helps the movie in a strange way because you just can't help but laugh
at it. The only person who isn't tripping over themselves to deliver
this trash is Michael Clarke Duncan...but what do you expect from a man
who's usually hired more for his stature than his talent? I'd love to
be able to say this was better than the original Street Fighter live
action movie, but it's not. Mind you that it's bad for very different
reasons, but still...it's pretty lame.
The only thing that really bothered me in this film is the absolutely perverse amount of clichés and the stunning amount of suspension of disbelief required (Kristen Kreuk as a Wushu master? I barely buy her as a human being). Yeah, I realize it's a movie based on a video game, but there's got to be a line somewhere. And if anyone reading this is old enough to remember when Kevin Costner caught all that crap for his on-again-off-again English accent in Robin Hood, then you'll practically die laughing when you hear Neal McDonough lapse in and out of the worst Irish accent I've ever heard...ever ever ever. Oh...and don't forget Chris Klein as the tough Interpol agent who can't stop delivering some of the most ridiculous dialog and one-liners I've ever heard. But the funny thing is that despite all of this the movie manages to at least be watchable. You just can't help but laugh at this stuff and, while that's not it's intention, it doesn't make it any less entertaining. It's a bit of a crap shoot...if you've got something better to watch, go with that. But you might not be as disappointed as you think with this one. It's good for all the wrong reasons.
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I actually created an IMDb account just to state how bad this movie
was. The bigger Street Fighter fan you are, the more angry you will be
at inconsistencies with the film. I knew it would be bad, but this was
painful to watch.
I don't consider these spoilers (but will leave the warning on just in case) but more of a vent. These are things you will pick up on and say "wtf?" There are more, but no need to spoil this already bad movie.
1) Vega is an ugly looking Japanese guy instead of a handsome Spainard. 2) Chun-li's dad is not working for Interpol, but Nash is? 3) Gen never performs a fireball in any Alpha or other games...never. 4) Last I recall, Gen is not "old friends" with Bison. 5) There was no point in adding that random hot chick with a non-existent organization.
Regardless, I stand by my summary that this is worse than the first as those actors at least looked much closer to the actual characters and there was much more action. All I could say after watching this was "I waited 15 years for this?!"
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Every now and then, everyone likes to enjoy some good, stupid
entertainment (you know... like watching professional wrestling or the
700 Club). "Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li" is a prime example of
that "good, stupid" entertainment I'm talking about. But with one
exception: They forgot to include any "good" parts.
Street Fighter II, the iconic video game responsible for more than 2 billion reported cases of "Gamer's Thumb",not only had already built in back stories for so many of their characters, but also featured the first "where are they now" segments after beating the game. Built. In. Stories. Neato! But, apparently the writers of "Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li" never beat the game. Or played it. Or knew it was based on a video game. Or realized that what they wrote would be made into an actual movie.
So here's my review. I'm not going to take you through the entire movie. Simply because... it sucked too much to write about the whole thing. I will, however, take you up to the point where we finally get to see that titular character blossom into the Chun Li we know so well from the game.
Opening credits, title card, Asian music, and BAM! Young Chun Li and dad. We know they're in America because we see some stock footage of the Golden Gate Bridge. Chun Li is a happy little girl who loves to play the piano and watch her dad do Tai Chi in the back yard.
A-HA, you think, that must be when she learns how to fight! No... the writers didn't want to spring THAT cliché too early on, so they decided he would be more of a pacifist. So dad encourages her to play piano, and she does. I love it when they break the mold, don't you? So, one day daddy gets a visit from some bad guys. Enter Michael Clark Duncan (aptly portraying the bloated boxer Balrog) and Neal McDonough as the flaxen haired, limerick spoutin', shillelagh totin' M. Bison.
(This is where you should hear that ear-piercing tire screech noise.) An Irish M. Bison? Of course! Remember when I told you the writers never played the game? Apparently making Bison IRISH made him more... fair skinned. Thank GOD they did, because the very last thing I want to see in a crappy movie based on an awesome video game is any slight resemblance to any of the main characters from the 16-bit masterpiece I spent my entire childhood obsessed over.
So, Ballrag beats dad up with a table while, before carting her dad off, McBison eyes Chun Li for about 5 awkward minutes. All that was missing at this point was the heavy raspy breathing and a bag of candy. Revenge boils in her tear-reddened eyes.
A-HA, you think, that must be when she learns how to fight! No, she grows up and moves to China. We know she's in China because everyone speaks perfect English. And she's still playing that piano, professionally now, and reaping the benefits of tons of free gifts from fans. Roses... chocolates... ancient Chinese texts written on the dried skins of their enemies. You know, the usual. Chun Li decides to get the text decoded and travels deep within the back streets of China to a hidden shop run by the old lady from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. You may be thinking... "Why not take the text to a local university? Wouldn't that be easier than trying to find Jade Fox's Bait and Tackle Shop?" Of course not, you logical moron! Jade Fox tells her she has to go to Bangkok and learn to live on the streets and forget to shower for a month.
A-HA, you think, that must be when she learns how to fight! No, she just keeps withering away, while somehow keeping her makeup from ever smudging. So, Chun Li, in a furious montage of her walking a lot, reveals in the somber voice over that she hates crime and wishes she could do something about it (Don't we all, sister?). Yes, our poor heroine seems to be out of luck. That is until a kind mini-corndog vendor gives Chun Li a free sample after she all but licks the grease droppings from the deep fryer.
A-HA, you think, that must be when she learns how to fight! Right you are, my friend! That night after feasting on the most scrumptious pig-in-a-blanket she'll ever taste, she suddenly decides to learn Kung-Fu! By simply wanting it real hard! Those thugs can kiss their matching waistcoats goodbye because Chun Li lets forth a ninja storm of backflips, handstands, karate chops, and spinning star kicks (I'll have what she's having).
And as fast as the barrage of fury begins, it ends. Chun Li drops to the ground with the grace of a load of concrete. I blame the mini-corn dog. She's picked up and carried away by the guy who played Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat. He takes her back to his temple and teaches her how to blame herself when he beats her up, throw fireballs, and catch marbles he throws at her.
Of course, the movie progresses and continues to fail miserably on every level until ending at the hour and a half too-long mark. It does, however, feature some guy from the Black Eyed Peas and Chris Klein playing a cop. Badly.
There you have it! My rant for a movie that was so bad, it prompted me to sit at this computer for an hour and infect the internet with yet another two cent opinion on a film that no one should go see when I COULD have better spent my time watching the original Street Fighter movie and appreciating how much less I hated it than THIS version. So, if this was enough to make you really want to go rent the movie... please... read it again.
I think some directors these days lack the imagination to create a
fantastical world that draws people in. This "Its got to be realistic"
view of movies has been created so they don't have to put any depth
into a setting that people aren't used to. I am a fan of the Street
Fighter series so I know a lot of the stuff in the games wouldn't work
in real life, but if the settings and story are good enough I'll
happily suspend any disbelief and invest myself for a few hours
Lets face it a guy who wears a gaudy military outfit as his fighting garb isn't any more bizarre then that whole pregnant sacrifice madness that went on in this attempt at a movie.
At the end of the day a real movie about street fighting would involve two or more drunk idiots trying to smash broken pint glasses into each others faces. If this franchise ever gets another chance go big and colourful just cos somethings a bit out over the top doesn't mean it cant have a soul It just takes some imagination and effort.
After expecting a half-decent kung-fu/action film, I was treated to
this abysmal film. The kung-fu action itself wasn't as bad as the film,
although many elements didn't quite work, and there were enough
'cheesy' moments to detract from what could have been o.k. scenes.
The plot seemed non-existent, with clear 'holes' in the script, and as plenty of mistakes in the film (the fact Chun-Li seemed to be able to converse in Mandarin to Thai people (perhaps that was just what I derived?) was just one of them).
Added to the poor acting, in which I highlight Chris Klein's attempt at being a tough, streetwise Fed (perhaps sticking to soppy love stricken characters is a good idea for the guy), the film left a lot wanting.
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Why? Why in God's name did Hollywood make this pile of crap? Did they
lose a bet, did they want to make the original look better, did they
want to make it up to everyone after the original disappointed them.
Let me start off with the acting. The acting was abysmal. Kirstin Kreuk was miscast as Chun- Li, she can do much better than this. Neal McDonough was laughable as Bison, and didn't resemble the Bison from the game. Michael Clarke Duncan was also laughable, he kept talking like a slave and laughed a lot for no reason. Chris Klein was atrocious as Nash. He overacts and makes dull facial expressions. Moon Bloodgood was sexy, like always, but can also do much better. Taboo was miscast as Vega, but luckily he was in the film for about 2 minutes.
Now, the dialogue. The dialogue. was. the absolute worst dialogue. I have ever heard. In my entire life. Period.
The fight scenes were pretty exciting, but unfortunately, the excitement wore off after each fight scene.
Overall, the acting was laughable, the dialogue was epically horrendous and cheesy, the characters don't resemble the characters in the game. If you plan on seeing this movie, Don't do it! This is a waste of time, and a plague to cinema. Don't waste your time or effort, you're probably better off seeing the original.
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