May 22, 2002

There can be only one….hahahhahahhahahahahha.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. How could I have not made a Highlander comparison? I guess I could have gone the Lays route – “You can’t eat The One” – but that’s kind of gross. Seriously though, there is nothing Highlander-like about the film and that’s a good thing.

Originally, The Rock was supposed to star in this film. The film definitely would not have worked with The Rock. Seriously, I can’t imagine exchanging the kickass martial arts in this film with wrestling. Heh, unless they had The Rock fight himself as the Scorpion Monster from The Mummy Returns – that would have been worth it.

Back to the kickass martial arts…of course, that’s expected with Jet Li. I would dare say that the martial arts were average, maybe even a bit below par, for a Jet Li film. Bonus points for the other stuff though, like picking up two motorcycles and crushing a dude between them. Bonus points for time travel scenes as well – they looked a bit more uncomfortable than your average Star Trek Transporter.

I was surprised to see Jason Statham in a non Guy Ritchie film. You’ll remember him as Bacon in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Turkish in Snatch. He was sporting a pretty decent toupee and tight leather pants – not bad.

I’ll bet PETA had a shit fit about the mouse suicide bomber…god I hope the terrorists don’t start doing that!

All in all, an entertaining film for a Sunday afternoon.

Year – 2001
Rating – PG-13
Runtime – 87 minutes
Genre – Jet Li
Director(s) – James Wong
Writer(s) – Glen Morgan, James Wong
Actor(s) – Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham, Harriet Sansom Harris
BOB Rating – Three BOBs
Favorite Quote – "Before I saw him, I felt him - it was me." Gabe Law (Jet Li)