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Bulletproof Monk

Bulletproof Monk

Bulletproof Monk is the type of movie that you should leave your brain at home for.  Now this is not a "bad" thing as sometimes campyness and action are enough to keep us entertained.  Now if you are looking for a plot or storyline you are in for a disappointment.

Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, Jamie King, Karel Roden and Victoria Smurfit, the story begins in 1943 as Nazi soldiers raid the Tibet's Temple of Sublime Truth to obtain a sacred “Scroll of the Ultimate" that has the power to give ultimate power to anyone who reads it.  This scroll also allows the reader to remain young until they pass on their knowledge of the scroll to a new keeper of the secret.

The new keeper of the scroll “the monk with no name” (Chow Yun-Fat) has been chased since he was shot and fell off a cliff in Tibet in 1943 by the Nazi soldier obsessed with gaining power and youth.  This is the whole story.  No big tale to tell, only one greedy dying man looking to obtain a miracle to save himself and a timid and gentle man who possesses the secret of that miracle who can fight, hide and elude.  With the story taking place in today's America and the unlikely potential host for the knowledge of the scroll being a pickpocket the story is almost laughable.  There is a point where even without a brain the body knows enough is enough; this plot line has holes large enough to drive Jupiter through.

As expected, good wins out over evil.  Odd questions from the wise and weathered monk deliver divine enlightenment.  Even more odd of a question is why we just spent nearly ten dollars to see it.

In short, do not expect Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but if you have a grasp of the ‘80’s genre martial arts films you laugh through this one.

Bulletproof Monk

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