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The Karate Kid (2010)
Bad bad bad
I'm a fan of the original Karate Kid, this remake is just disappointing. Firstly, there isn't any karate in this movie which makes the title look silly. Secondly, while I'm also a big fan of Jackie Chan, he only had 1 fight scene with a bunch of kids and that lacked his usual comedic and well choreographed fight sequences. Its either his age has finally caught up with him or the kids just didn't have enough training.
The next problem with the movie is Jaden Smith was just not suitable for this role. Although he showed promise as an actor with a bright future, He lacked the strength and the skills to be the Karate Kid. I know Ralph Macchio wasn't exactly muscular either, but at least he was not as tiny and fragile looking as Jaden.
Lastly, I could not quite see the chemistry between Jackie and Jaden that everyone was raving about, throughout the first half of the film it just looked like a dirty old man plotting something sinister on that innocent little new kid in a foreign country.
I still remember the scene from the first Universal Soldier where they repelled down the dam and I enjoyed the first movie. On the other hand, Universal Soldier regeneration never had any original nor memorable scenes, while it was full of action it suffered from a poor script and never really exploited much of the coolness and invincibility of the universal soldiers like the first movie. Would have been better off watching Die hard or Speed.
Also look out for the "cameo" appearances of Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme where they only have a few lines of dialog. Not to mention they looked too old for this movie.
Watch this if you are bored and have never seen the first Universal Soldier and you would probably enjoy this like those who give this a good rating.