Sunday, July 23, 2006

"Big Trouble in Little China" review

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Directed by John Carpenter
Writing credits Gary Goldman David Z. Weinstein

Kurt Russell.... Jack Burton
Kim Cattrall.... Gracie Law
Dennis Dun.... Wang Chi
James Hong.... David Lo Pan
Victor Wong.... Egg Shen

Kurt Russell is looking for trouble. Big Trouble. He goes to Little China to find it. While collecting a gambling debt, he runs into the Lords of Death and the Three Storms. Sounds like fun. It is! Soon Russell and sidekick will do battle against an army of goons while trying to free a Chinese girl with green eyes. She's being held captive in a nefarious plot to rule the Earth and steal Russell's truck. Russell won't stand for it.

Kurt Russell is hilarious as Jack Burton. He's the star of the movie but he's not really the action hero. Most of the action is left up to his sidekick, (Dennis Dun), who does most of the fighting. Russell is there for the comic relief. Normally I would want my action hero to be thrashing more bad guys but in this case I'll make an exception. His scene infiltrating the brothel is classic. I still laugh each time I see Russell try to punch out one of the Storms and then get slammed across the room.

The action scenes are fantastic in this flick. Everything moves at turbo speed. Once Russell hits Little China, the movie charges into a back alley kung fu showdown and never stops. Everybody talks non-stop when the action needs to take a breather. Russell wants his truck back and will tear his way through whatever bad guy Little China wants to throw at him.

"Big Trouble in Little China" is a great movie. See it.

SCORE: 4 out of 4 Jack Burtons in big trouble

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