The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2008-04-26
Summary: Throwaway plot provides excuse for delicious action
The beginning of the movie really sets the expectation: a White boy wakes up to the sound of the Monkey King TV series playing on his television, his wall full of beautiful posters of old school kung fu films, including such Shaw Brothers classics as The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, Legendary Weapons of China, and Return of the One-Armed Swordsman. It's immediately clear that kung fu will dominate the rest of the film, and that expectation is fulfilled quite nicely. However, the plot is thin, formulaic, and inconsequential. It's just an excuse to crank up the action. Not a great movie, but worth watching b/c of the JetLi-JackieChan collaboration.
Reviewer Score: 7