The latest attempt to blend audiences is Cradle 2 the Grave, an action movie that stars Eastern kung-fu artist Jet Li and rapper DMX (just use a real name, would you?) as a Taiwanese agent and high-tech thief, respectively, who team up to take on a bunch of terrorists.
Beautiful Gabrielle Union, Anthony Anderson and Tom Arnold also star, and everyone gets their chance to kick some butt. As the title suggests, the focus of the movie is action and not believability. Why studios release movies with numbers in place of words still makes no sense, and the title for this movie seemingly has nothing to do with anything, but hey, this review isn't about the title, is it?
Anyway, Cradle 2 the Grave is a surprisingly fun and exciting movie that has plenty of action and entertaining characters from all sections of the spectrum (whether it be race or seriousness level). Jet Li gets to show off like usual, and DMX and Union both to get to fake some fighting (Union beats up Kelly Hu with her jacket). Anderson and Arnold provide some good comic relief; Anderson is especially funny in the scene where he has to seduce a gay security guard to distract his attention.
The plot is not very important, but nevertheless is surprisingly decent. It is not very realistic, but has enough depth to support the movie from beginning to end.
The only part that was quite annoying was how the movie treated DMX as being some kind of heavenly figure. He gets to mutter some prayers a few times, shows absolute devotion to his daughter (who is also quite entertaining), yet is a serious thief... He's supposed to be a caring father when he gives his daughter a diamond necklace - that he just stole from a vault?
Cradle 2 the Grave is a fun and exciting action movie that is surprisingly pretty good.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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