Do you like serious movies? Drama? Suspense? Political correctness? Long soliloquies?
Don't bother renting this one, you'll hate it.When George Lucas made STAR WARS, he set out to create a film that resembled the old Saturday-morning serials, where good was good, bad was bad, and the hero always gets the girl. I think John Carpenter was trying to imagine what would happen if a young John Wayne ended up in the middle of a Chinese martial-arts extravaganza. He came up with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.
"If you like B movies, it's worth your time."
Imagine every cliche you've ever seen in an action movie. Throw in a few martial-arts cliches, a couple of flying swordsmen, a few gods, an immortal sorceror, and some neon, and you've got what is possibly the worst B-movie since ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981). If you like B-movies, you'll LOVE THIS FILM. It's got guns, big trucks, huge fights, explosions, lightning, thunder, magic, green-eyed girls, and a hero who's too stupid to know when he's out of his league.
Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a loud-mouthed truck driver who isn't exactly known for his fast thinking. A string of good luck turns bad as a gambling victory drops him right into the middle of what looks at first like a war between Chinese gangs, but (of course) turns out to be a battle for the survival of the human race. It's the tale of an ordinary man thrown into an extraordinary situation, who prevails against impossible odds...aw, heck, it's just a fun movie. If you look any deeper than that, you're going to be sorely disappointed, because there's not much there.
The cast is excellent, or at least perfectly cast. Kim Catrall is perfect as the love interest, and Victor Wong delivers the same great performance he always does (you'll know him when you see him). There are lots of familiar faces, and several excellent newcomers. The script is great, perfect B-grade stuff--every other line can stand by itself. There's only one thing to do with a movie like this: clear your mind, relax, and enjoy the ride!It definitely beats the Hell of Bad Plotless European Cinema...
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originally posted: 05/19/99 07:56:33