I like Jet Li, but I didn't particularly care for this movie. First off, this is the most wooden I've ever seen Jet Li acting. Granted, his character was supposed to be one of those stone faced types who doesn't let his emotions show until he starts falling in love with the woman he's protecting. Unfortunately, even after he's supposed to be falling in love with her, he looks no less wooden. It's as if he were doing this movie against his better judgement, and just couldn't get into the role he was supposed to play. At least that's the way it seemed to me.
The plot line is fairly standard, a woman, along with two other witnesses, sees one man kill another, and then weeks before his trial, the other two witnesses are killed, and she narrowly avoids being killed herself, so her boyfriend hires a bodyguard to protect her. Enter Jet Li's character, who annoys the woman he's supposed to be protecting by violating her privacy, installing security cameras all over her house, including her bedroom. He annoys her, that is, until she stupidly goes out shopping against his recommendation, and he has to save her life from what looked like about twenty assassins who try to kill her at the mall. The action sequence here, and the big fight at the end, are the main reasons I gave this movie even as good a recommendation as I did. The rest of it is very subpar, but the action sequences are exciting, intense, and fast paced.
Some of the side characters in this movie went beyond my annoyance tolerance level. One of the cops only purpose was to serve as some sort of comedy relief, but unfortunately, he wasn't very funny, and didn't demonstrate any great effort on the side of the police to protect their only remaining witness to thii crime. Also, the girls little brother is given a fair amount of air time in the movie, and he was annoying beyond belief, and I saw absolutely no reason for him ever to have been included as a character in this movie except to cause trouble, and draw the movie out a little longer.
In closing, if you want to see some great action sequences, and don't mind a lot of ho hum filler scenes in between, go ahead and rent this movie, but don't buy it, it's definitely not worth that. If you do rent it, I recommend just skipping to about half way into the movie when the crew goes shopping, and then to the end for the final fight. They're really the only scenes worth viewing.
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