Excerpt: Jason (Michael Angarano) is your average teenager in every meaning of the phrase, from his first forays with girls to his rich fantasy life, in Jason's case borne up by his love of the old kung fu movies he gets from the local pawn shop. It turns out his fantasy life might too rich, though, when a late night robbery goes horribly wrong and Jason wakes up to find himself actually in ancient mythological China.
Excerpt: Jason (Michael Argarano) loves kung fu movies, he watches them like a religion and collects the videos, posters, and whatever else he can track down. As much as he loves to watch the epic martial arts battles, he never learned any of the disciplines he saw in the movies, however. A little training might not hurt either, since the bullies tend to pick on him and leave him beaten down.
Excerpt: Last year, Jet Li battled Jason Statham in the R-rated disappointment War , in which the two stars clashed for all of 30 seconds. While Forbidden Kingdom isn’t an all-out epic clash between Jackie Chan and Jet Li, at least they’re on screen constantly, not to mention they have a spectacular brawl early into the film. This semi-family friendly martial arts epic is a blast and fun to watch, capitalizing on its potential… unlike War .
Excerpt: The story of the Monkey King and his journey to the West is as famous in China as the tales of King Arthur are in the West. The story has been told and retold, including filmed many times. From Shaw Brothers and 'Monkey Goes West' – the movie on the TV near the start of the movie – to more recent movies like 'A Chinese Tall Story', the story has been entertaining moviegoers for decades.
Excerpt: Together for the first time, Jet Li and Jackie Chan join forces to create the greatest epic of them all. As ancient Chinese warriors, they must train and mentor a 21st century kung-fu fanatic who's been summoned to fight a centuries-old battle and free the imprisoned Monkey King. If you're a fighting fan, the wait is over. The team is ready. The Kingdom has arrived.
Conclusion: ’The Forbidden Kingdom’ plays it safe, electing to delve into family-friendly territory instead of giving Jackie Chan and Jet Li fans the martial arts team-up they’ve waited years to see. Still, regardless of how you feel about the film itself, there’s no mistaking that its Blu-ray debut is worth a look. It features an excellent video transfer, a powerful DTS HD MA 7.1 surround track, and a solid collection of supplements and exclusive content.
Excerpt: The Forbidden Kingdom features the first ever on screen pairing of cinema’s two greatest living martial arts legends: Jet Li and Jackie Chan. That alone makes this movie a must see for anyone and everyone, but screenwriter John Fusco and director Rob Minkoff have done more than simply throw two of kung fu’s most famous faces together in the same picture.
Excerpt: The teaming of Jackie Chan and Jet Li sounds like an obvious winner, given that they're the two biggest Hong Kong martial-arts stars of their generation, and they've never appeared onscreen together. But the concept falls apart under any scrutiny: Why didn't this happen 15 years ago, when they were both in their prime? (Close enough, anyway.