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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Written By Unknown on Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 8:56 PM

Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Starring: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Yifie Liu, Collin Chou, Bingbing Li

An American teenager, Jason (Angarano) is a close follower of Chinese traditions and values. He finds an ancient staff in a Chinese pawn shop and learns of its prophesy. The staff once belonged to the Monkey King (Jet Li) who was cheated by the Jade Warlord (Chou) during battle and was turned to stone forever. Being immortal, he cannot die and if this staff is returned to him, he will rise once more. Jason mysteriously goes back in time to ancient China with staff in hand and meets Lu Yan (Chan) a drunk Kung-Fu master. He tells him that there is a tale where a 'Seeker' would come who would find the staff and bring the Monkey King back to life and that Jason is the Seeker. He embarks on a perilous journey to reach to the Five Elements Mountain and meets The Silent Monk (Jet Li) who agrees to help them and Golden Sparrow (Liu) who seeks revenge from the Jade Warlord for killing her parents. As you might realise by now, the movie is a lame Chinese adaptation of Lord of the Rings. Innocent boy lands himself with a treasured weapon and must venture into the realms of the Earth to destroy it, been there, done that. The only thing the movie is worth looking out for is the kung-fu, which too after a point gets a bit too much. In spite of having two very good Chinese actors, the movie does not shine the way one expects it to and performances are quite weak overall. The story has a lot of lose and unexplained bits which it just tries to force upon you without any reason.

Thumbs up: The kung-fu
Thumbs down: Bad plot, hopeless performances

Rating: 5.5/10
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