Magazine article Consumers' Research Magazine

Bulletproof Monk

Magazine article Consumers' Research Magazine

Bulletproof Monk

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Bulletproof Monk (R) Seann William Scott, Chow Yun-Fat, directed by Paul Hunter

This martial arts action flick has a lot of charisma, panache, and a sense of humor--not to mention some decent fight scenes. The opening sequence is quite breathtaking and reminiscent of the aerial maneuvers in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Unfortunately, it's mostly down hill (or down cliff) from there.

Chow Yun-Fat plays a Tibetan monk who inherits his master's life mission of guarding a powerful scroll. The scroll gives great powers to anyone who reads it; that power is so great, in the judgment of the guardian Tibetan monks, that no one should be allowed to do so. Naturally, it is the sort of power for which an ex-Nazi would pursue a monk around the world for 60 years.

Enter Kar (Seann William Scott), a streetwise New York City punk who might be the monk's next Apprentice--he just doesn't realize it. The plot requires that these two become buddies, and there are indeed some funny moments; but it never quite adds up. …

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