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Jet Li plays Michael, a former member of an elite, genetically enhanced fighting group known as the 701 Squad; after helping his fellow soldiers escape, he wants nothing more to do with killing. Now adopting the name Simon, he is a mild-mannered librarian perfectly content with his new life. Then the killings start.Read more ›
The audio is a real let down because it is not remixed for the surround but instead just sounds muddled and choppy.
If you love the movie and its cheap, get it, but it isn't worth picking up if you already have the DVD. I actually put the DVD on to see if it was just memory loss that I thought it looked beer or I was actually correct.. the upscaled DVD looed beter because it was not bleached out and did not pick up all the noise..
As with many superhero movies the plot isn’t what you call complex or involved. It is just a simple super-villain-with-a-master-plan kind of affair here. The interesting thing about Black Mask is what they do in between the fight scenes and evil plots. You get a good look at the relationships between our hero and his friends and co-workers. Things like a fledgling romance and conflicts of interest with friends actually work here. After a bit of character development the plot thickens and the bullets start to fly. This isn’t high art on the script side, but then again if you shouldn’t be expecting that in the first place. Hong Kong action films aren’t known for gripping stories, just high-flying action. At least here you get a solid story, solid back story, with all the action goodness.
Okay lets get to the nitty gritty. The Black Mask is a martial arts film at its core, and I gotta tell you the martial arts rock. The choreography done in the fight scenes are not only tight but they are fast and furious. Jet Li definitely shows his stuff on this one along with a few other martial artists. It puts just about every fight scene from Hollywood to shame. This movie obviously pays homage to Bruce Lee’s Kato character from the Green Hornet television shows.Read more ›
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I love Li, but this was start to finish action with no plot, sub plot or reason for being. I would not recommend it, even to a Li fan.Published 12 minutes ago by great2bme
Kind of silly, and the plot, such as it is, is hard to follow. But as usual, watching Jet is a treat.Published 7 hours ago by cascadacats
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