Cradle 2 the Grave

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  • Summary: America's gritty hip-hop ethos collides with the poetic intensity of Hong Kong cinema in the action thriller Cradle 2 the Grave, an explosive fusion of Eastern martial arts and Western street culture. (Warner Bros.)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 13 out of 26
  1. 75
    This is a ride, a video game, a soundtrack -- unapologetic and clearly labeled as such. It has no middle speed.
  2. When you pay good money to see an action movie, it's understood that you want it to be action-packed. You do not want it to be action-enhanced or action-flavoured or featuring accents of action.
  3. 60
    Relentless, infantile and impossible to dislike.
  4. Would be a perfectly decent B-action movie if it weren't shipwrecked in the last act by laughably ridiculous plotting and a lazily executed climax.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Each actor does his own thing for his own audience demographic.
  6. With so little trust and even less dialogue to back him up, it's no wonder Li rarely takes his left hand out of his pants pocket. His fists aren't furious; they're on strike.
  7. Replete with audience-insulting writing and blatantly hateful jokes, storytelling like this makes most video game plots look like "Moby Dick."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. May 16, 2015
    Cradle 2 the grave is far from Jet Li's best action picture. The plot is alright but is nothing ingenious and DMX
    is an average actor. The
    Cradle 2 the grave is far from Jet Li's best action picture. The plot is alright but is nothing ingenious and DMX
    is an average actor. The producers should have cast a better partner for Jet in the movie. The most exciting parts of this movie are the action scenes and there are enough to satisfy fans of Jet. If you're watching the movie solely for the action, you will be pleased. I'll give credit to DMX for some of the action in the movie because he has some cool action scenes. The dialogue and story could've been better but it's no surprise.
    Overall the movie is enjoyable and it is on the level of Romeo Must Die. This movie isn't on the level of Unleashed and Kiss Of The Dragon. Those movies have excellent plots and terrific action scenes. This movie is what you'll expect from an action movie. However if you are seeking an original plot with A list actors and inventive action scenes this isn't your action movie. I recommend this movie to everyone but it is no masterpiece. On a scale of 1 to 10, a 7 is more than fair.

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