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  • Starring: ,
  • Summary: Loosely based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," this crime plot features Jet Li as an emprisoned son of a Chinese crime family who escapes his Hong Kong prison and flees to Oakland to avenge the death of his brother who is killed by the rival black crime family. Both families become involved in competing corrupt schemes to finance the building of a waterfront football stadium. Expand
  • Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Thriller, Romance, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 115 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Has a great look and an edgy feel, along with some broad swaths of humor.
  2. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    The gravity-defying harness maneuvers popularized in the U.S. with "The Matrix" -- ... look really cool, but seem out of place in a realistic gang-style action movie.
  3. 70
    Doesn't even come close to being a good movie, but it is a lot of fun.
  4. In fact, when not kicking butt, (Li)'s kind of a blank spot in the center of the screen.
  5. Aspires to rise above the conventional drugs-and-action genre and succeeds about half the time.
  6. 49
    Li's light touch and explosive fighting skills deserve a better vehicle than this overcooked pot of New Jack suey.
  7. 25
    So needlessly convoluted, so crammed with subplots within subplots, it simply forgets about its gangland "Romeo & Juliet" premise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. LyanH.
    Jun 30, 2006
    10
    forget the critics this movie was great. It had a perfect balance of action, drama and romance and I believe Aaliyah did great to say this is her first film. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2014
    7
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  3. May 20, 2013
    6
    I've seen this film once before and I didn't think much of it but I thought I would give it another chance, but no this really isn't a film for me. It has a lot of action and fight scenes, obviously made for Jet Li, but lacks substance. The only real reason I watched it in the first place was Aaliyah, and yeah she's pretty hot in it but acting wise she isn't really up there. Honorable mention to the awkward death scenes with heart-bursting special effects Overall it's OK, but nothing special. Expand

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