You know, by the time Bulletproof Monk finally came out I had like no interest in it.
Early on I was kind of hyped on it since the last thing I saw with Chow Yun-Fat was the absolutely incredible CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, but this was no Ang Lee flick. And even though I like Seann William Scott, it still wasnít enough.
But I had an extra day off damn it, so I had to do something.
So, Bulletproof Monk didnít suck, but it wasnít great either.
Chow Yun-Fat plays a monk whoís protected a sacred scroll for a lifetime. Itís time to pass it on, so of course instead of passing it to another monk who has devoted himself to his philosophy, he wants to give it to Seann William Scott instead. Duh.
Jamie King is also in the mix as a "bad gir" from the streetsÖ
Or is she.
You know, I remember when Jamie King was James King, the waif-druggie model who was in the top echelon of the runway/print model world. I hope sheís kicked her habits, and sheís an OK actress, but why the name change?
This movie was rather predictable and at times seemed to have the budget of one of those Saturday afternoon syndicated Sci-Fi / Fantasy shows. Itís based on a comic book I never heard of, but then again so was ROAD TO PERDITION, and that movie was amazing. All the leads are pretty good, but Chow looks dorky with the hair. He looked cooler in Crouching. Also, his English is right up there with Jackie Chanís. Oy Vey.
But this movie isnít as light as the Chan-Tucker Rush Hour movies, and maybe it should have been, especially since Scott can definitely be funny. Still, Bulletproof Monk isnít all bad, and I guess thatíll have to be good enough.