(Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott / NR / 94 mins / Rock Productions)
Overview: Based upon a comic book series by Gotham Chopra, Bulletproof Monk takes place during Hong Kong's transfer to Chinese control in 1999. A refugee travels to San Francisco to find a kung fu master, played by Chow Yun-Fat, to help save his family from government oppression.
Verdict: To be honest, I really (REALLY) wanted to enjoy this movie, but found it to be an amalgamation of lame comedy, campy Eastern mysticism (or, as one character puts it, "fortune cookie philosophy"), and dumb plotting! The ads and trailer hope we confuse it with 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' but this is as ungainly in its jammed-together East-meets-West-ness as Steven Seagal in a yoga pose!! BUT, then again, where 'Bulletproof Monk' absolutely refuses to take itself seriously, maybe in doing so it's precisely there that makes all the difference?! Maybe this movie shouldn't be examined so deeply and therefore, the true meaning and spirit of the flick will come through ... yeah, OK!!!!
Reviewed by Russ Trunk