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The One (2001)
Imagine if they had gone with the Rock, wouldn't that have been seriously C**P!
Just got this out on DVD. Hugely disappointed, I think Jet Li has an immense amount of talent both in martial arts and in the acting stakes. Unfortunately the latter was wasted here. Remember how he broke into the Hollywood consciousness with his amazing performance in lethal weapon 4? Amazing to think he spoke very little english then. This film however has more holes than swiss cheese, some very suspect special effects, unsatisfying subplots, and ultimately a disappointing ending. Martial arts films don't need to have dodgy plots and scripts (cf. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Enter the Dragon and The Seven Samurai). Can you imagine how truely awful this would have been if the Rock had been cast as was originally planned???!!!!
Johnny English (2003)
Barclaycard character gone mad
Remember those barclaycard ads? Hilarious weren't they? (For those of you not from the UK the film is based on Atkinson's character in a series of credit card adverts)The 10 million dollar question is - will the joke stretch to a film. All in all I think they have probably done as well as could be expected. Atkinson is brilliant as always with some genuinely funny moments. Imbruglia serves very well as the film's "eye candy". Malkovich delivers an OTT performance with a very suspect French accent. By the way has anyone ever noticed that John Malkovich is not the great actor everybody seems to think he is. As far as I can see he plays the same character in every film. But I digress. Johnny English is worth watching for some great gags but be sure to leave your brain at the cinema entrance. It is all very tongue in cheek and comfortably occupies that middle ground between Austin Powers and James Bond. 6/10