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|Street Fighter The Legend of Chun Li|
Actors: Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Robin Shou, Moon Bloodgood
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
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Hannah M. (hmcb0222) from BEL AIR, MD
Reviewed on 5/29/2010...
Kristin Kreuk (Smallville's Lana Lang) did a pretty good job, considering the material she had to work with. The plot is basic, with no surprises or twists. The dialogue is bland and generic. Perhaps the worst point of the movie is Chris Klein, though. His parts were almost painful to watch. Thank goodness for the fast-forward button.
James B. (wandersoul73) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 7/4/2009...
This had it's moments. Although it's nothing much to brag about.
"Even milk has an experation date."
Adam Sims | Kentucky | 07/01/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Movie adaptations of video games are always awful. In fact, one of the earliest examples of a bad adaptation is the original Street Fighter movie with Van Damme, where Hollywood tried to cash in on SFII. Now with the release of SFIV, they did the same thing, only making it worse and blemishing the greatness of the classic fighting franchise even more.
The plot itself is simple, but at the same time it doesn't make sense with some of its BS twists. Loosely, and I repeat, loosely based on the SF world, Chun-Li witnesses her father's kidnapping by the evil Shadaloo group lead by Bison and his assistant Balrog. (Sagat has gone AWOL.) So instead of calling the police, she sets off to Bangkok when she gets older to take down the group with the help of Gen, an ex member.
While the movie has some alright action in it, it's still a bomb. With terrible acting, a WTF plot, a bad script (the name of my review is one of the genius lines,) and the inaccuracy to the game itself, this movie is just asking for a Razzie. Shall I list the characters?
(WARNING! Spoilers. Not that anyone cares.)
CHUN-LI: When she is young, she looks just like an Asian, but when she grows up, she strangely becomes an American, played by some Smallville actress. I mean, just look at the DVD cover? Does she look anything like the Chun-Li we know?
GEN: The elderly character is now a middle-aged, long-haired man played by that guy who played Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat. He also knows how to do a hadoken, the only real SF move even shown, and it isn't even called that.
CHARLIE: Guile's lost friend is now a detective trying to solve the Shadaloo murders. Not to mention that the guy who plays him is an awful actor. He also had a partner named Maya. C.Viper's real name is Maya, also. I hope it's just a coincidence. ;)
BALROG: The American boxer is not even a boxer, but Bison's bodyguard. Played by a guy too old to be Balrog, he still kicks butt, but it just isn't him.
VEGA: Another bad adaptation. Played by a Black Eyed Peas member, the only resemblance between him and the videogame character is the mask. They also build him up to be a tough opponent for Chun-Li, but he is easily defeated.
RYU: What's SF without Ryu, the main character? Well, he's only mentioned once, near the end, and that's a good thing. Ryu knew better than to be in this stinker.
M. BISON: I saved the worst for last. Yes, forget all you know about the evil dictator-like character in the red uniform who will mess you up with his psycho powers. In this one, Bison is...a fruity-looking, spiky haired guy with a goatee and dressed in a business suit, but who is a good fighter. A true bastardization of a classic villain. Also, he has a daughter in this one, and it's Rose, who is a child for some reason, and not that grown-up Italian fighter.
This movie sucks so much that you'll be surprised to know that it was NOT directed by Uwe Boll. I suppose if you see it in a Red Box, you should rent it for a dollar just for a laugh, but don't pay more than that. Spend your money on an SF game instead. Even Dragonball was better than this."
Hardly a legend
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 10/02/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Ever since she was a little girl, Chun-Li's sole ambition in life has been to become a world-class concert pianist. But when her businessman father is unceremoniously whisked away in the middle of the night by a ruthless corporate tycoon bent on ruling the world, Chun-Li agrees to be trained by a martial arts master so she can get her father back and bring the villain's empire crumbling down around him at the same time.
Burdened by kindergarten-level storytelling that makes "Kung Fu Panda" look like stark documentary realism in comparison, "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" is a far-from-legendary, barrel-scraping fiasco marked by stock characters, bland performances and rote dialogue.
Heck, even the martial arts sequences fail to generate any genuine excitement or pizzazz. Stick to the video game instead. At least you can participate in that one."
It gets one star because you can't give a half
EDURP | Morgantown, WV | 07/06/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I rented it out of curiosity, I've been a fan of the video games but this movie is nothing like them. At least the first movie didn't destroy the story of the game. Chun-Li never does her fast kicks, needless to safe if you're curious then save your money. I wouldn't let someone rent it if I worked at blockbuster."