Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

Posted in Reviews by - September 08, 2014
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

A gung-ho action picture not too dissimilar from Bartkowiak and Silver’s previous outings (Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds). It would be nice to say this adds something new to the whole hip-hop/gangster/crime/kung fu thing, but it really doesn’t, unless you belong in a strange minority of fans who were crying out for a film uniting Jet Li with the rapper DMX. Jet is moody, mute and distant with a mind on other matters. DMX tries hard but struggles to carry the film. Here we go, then: a stash of black diamonds capable of mass destruction is the target of Mark Dacascos’ terrorist desires, attracting the attentions of kung fu cop Li and jewel thief DMX, whose daughter is kidnapped for added tension. The film is crying out for a decent finale with Jet Li and Mark Dacascos squaring up for the first time, and it is certainly the best set-piece of the film; the two clash in a rain-soaked ring of fire. The lack of wires is refreshing, but the majority of the fights feel forced, and the film should have been much better given the high calibre of the performers.

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