Rachel Orvino
September 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bulletproof Monk

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/16/03
performer
Seann William Scott, Chow Yun-Fat, Marcus Jean Pirae, James King, Mako, Karel Roden, Victoria Smurfit
director
Paul Hunter
Producer
John Woo
distributor
MGM
author
Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

When Chow’s nameless Tibetan monk teams with Scott’s American pickpocket Kar to protect an ancient and powerful scroll from Nazis, the resulting East-meets-West collision is a mess to which no country would want to lay claim. With gravity-defying stunts (Chow fights while clinging to a flying helicopter), snarling villains, and a baroque torture chamber, Monk seems to promise an edgy slice of comic-book-based fun. Too bad even Chow’s dignified performance can’t elevate it above an inane ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” wannabe whose idea of metaphysical philosophy includes hackneyed questions like ”Why do hot dogs come in packages of 10, while hot dog buns come in packages of just eight?” EXTRAS Par-for-the-course making-ofs, an alternate ending, and thankfully deleted scenes that include a witless subplot about a street gang that helps Kar and love interest Jade (Jaime King) rescue the monk.

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