Any movie where we don't see Marky Mark's...uh, "microphone"...can't be all bad.This was Wahlberg's follow-up to Boogie Nights. It's not necessarily a bad film, just instantly forgettable.
It's hard to merge action and comedy into a watchable hybrid. But this movie almost does it.
Wahlberg's a hit man with a girlfriend and a mistress. He wants out of the business. He goes in for one last big hit with his buddies: kidnap the daughter of a Japanese businessman. Turns out the girl is the goddaughter of Wahlberg's boss. One of Wahlberg's partners (Lou Diamond Phillips, with tacky gold tooth) doublecrosses Wahlberg, saying that he was the one who orchestrated the whole thing.
Wahlberg dumps his mistress, gets dumped by his girlfriend, and falls in love with his hostage (the lovely China Chow). Oh, and he has to get his copy of King Kong Lives back to the video store or there'll be trouble.
Spectacular action sequences and stunt work make up for spotty comedy and complete lack of chemistry between Wahlberg and Christina Applegate as his girlfriend (Kelly Bundy as a Jewish princess?).
If you're into the Hong Kong action scene, this might be of interest to you, but it's watered down compared to those movies in general.Produced by John Woo, so at least it's got a pedigree.