Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li
As the Street Fighter saga celebrates its 20th anniversary, fight fans are invited to follow along with fearsome fighter Chun-Li (Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk) as she faces off against a series of formidable opponents in this feature adaptation of the popular video-game franchise directed by Exit Wounds’ Andrzej Bartkowiak. Previously adapted for the screen in the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme film, the series continues to thrive as eager gamers across the globe go toe-to-toe to determine who is the most skilled and powerful warrior in the video-game universe. Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, Rick Yune, and Neal McDonough co-star in the 20th Century Fox production.
This movie has a few interesting fight sequences and the lead actress, Kristin Kreuk, is good as Chun Li, but the story takes awhile to get going. When it does, it doesn’t slow down again until the end. From about the middle of the picture on there is a lot of kicking, punching, explosions, shooting, broken glass, and bodies piling up. It definitely crosses our acceptable level of violence for a family-friendly movie. That, along with the use of mystical powers and a curse used by one character toward another, is enough to keep us from being able to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film. Revenge is one of the picture’s biggest themes.
Viewers should try to locate a family film when they head to the movies, one which is not all about revenge.