Kiss Of The Dragon (2001)

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Talent gone to waste
Reviewed by Simon on 2002-10-13

Jet Li with Luc Besson seemed like a great combination - Li's physical prowess coupled with Besson's eye for characters & cinematography should have produced a winner. So how did it all go so wrong?

The screenplay for the movie was a joke for one thing - feels like something they must have come up with in an evening at the pub, after a few too many beers. And then casting Bridget Fonda opposite Jet... not only was her character utterly pointless, but she gives possibly the worst performance I have ever seen. Please, never give this woman another movie role. The rest of the plot is very disjointed and largely pointless, full of cliches. How Luc Besson let this happen is a mystery.

Still, at least we should get some decent action, right? Well, barely. The fight between Jet & the twins is good, but the rest is all pretty pedestrian choreography & filming. By Hong Kong standards, well below average. The violence that was meant to satisfy those fans who felt that ROMEO MUST DIE was too lightweight just felt inappropriate.

Such a shame that a potentially great idea could turn into such a lousy movie.