The son of DIA hotshot Ray Park is kidnapped by Lucy Liu. Antonio Banderas is forced backinto action with the promise of finding information about the wife he thought was dead. Hisassignment: track down Liu in order to get to bad guy Park, who is fooling around with ananotech assassin machine (which looks like a frog with a hypodermic). Now, none of this makesa whole lot of sense. The film’s real purpose is to stage huge gunfights and Really BigExplosions. Sometimes, that’s…good enough, and personally I found this much more satisfyingthan XXX.
Big and loud, as is the movie it accompanies. Welcome to the world of non-stop booms andpounding electronica, all in full, swirling surround. My one complaint is that the dialogue (whichI grant you is not Pinter, but still…) sometimes gets drowned out in the ruckus.
The contrasts are excellent, even during the night scenes, and there is no visible edgeenhancement either. I caught one brief shot that had some grain problems, but otherwise this is avery nice transfer.
Not much to say here. The menu has an animated and scored main page, but is otherwisebasic. The features are the trailer, a standard featurette, cast and crew filmographies, and a“Know Your Enemy” game, which is not only a crashing bore, but you can’t get away from it andreturn to the menu without having to go through the whole start-up FBI screens and such all overagain.
Essentially, this film can be summed up with one word: KABOOM. And sometimes, let’s behonest, that’s all you need for a good time at the flicks.
Special Features List
- Know Your Enemy Game