Screen Junkies » Jet Li http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:50:24 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Action Director West To Direct Action In ‘Expendables 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/action-director-simon-west-to-direct-action-in-the-expendables-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/action-director-simon-west-to-direct-action-in-the-expendables-2/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:12:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216381 Joining Simon West, the whole cast is coming back. Though another Schwarzenegger cameo is a bit up in the air right now.

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The Expendables 2 has found a director as solemn and understated as the story itself in Simon West. The decision to go with the Con Air director is the result of an exhaustive search that for a while saw star Sylvester Stallone as the frontrunner until he recused himself.

Expendables 2 has been in motion for quite some time, with a polished draft produced by Ken Kaufman and David Agosto, so it’s no surprise that a helmer was quick to be named so that they can get to blowin’ shit up before some of the stars become too fragile.

All principals, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, and of course, Sly, are expected to return. The director announcement provides certainty to the production timeline, but nothing can get started until Simon West wraps up Medallion, with noted crazy person Nicolas Cage. (Deadline)

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Review: ‘The Expendables’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-expendables/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-expendables/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Expendables R, 103m., 2010 Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Giselle Itie, Charisma Carpenter, David Zayas with Terry Crews, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke Directed by Sylvester Stallone Screenplay by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone There was this large plastic bin that I had growing up filled with action figures and their various weapon accessories. From Duke Nuk'em to The Terminator, the original 90s Batman series, metal figure G.I Joes, Aliens, X-Men, Biker Mice from Mars, Ghostbusters, Toxic Crusaders and others that I have now forgot. They traveled with me wherever I moved during those years. They were my friends, enemies, and characters to create. More after the jump...

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The Expendables
R, 103m., 2010
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Giselle Itie, Charisma Carpenter, David Zayas with Terry Crews, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Screenplay by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone

There was this large plastic bin that I had growing up filled with action figures and their variou weapon accessories. From Duke Nuk’em to The Terminator, the original 90s Batman series, metal figure G.I Joes, Aliens, X-Men, Biker Mice from Mars, Ghostbusters, Toxic Crusaders and others that I have now forgot. They traveled with me wherever I moved during those years. They were my friends, enemies, and characters to create.

More after the jump…

Much like Andy in the Toy Story series, I didn’t want to keep them in the box like other kids in the neighborhood. They were action toys and they were meant to fight, team up, travel around the world in my room’s shag carpet, blow up Lego castles, use my brother’s model airplanes to crash fortresses, and go mano e mano. They never had time for girls or dolls, they had a mission and they stuck to it. At the end of the day, my Mom of course told me to pick up the battle of plastic that laid before her, while I was fighting most of the time to have five more minutes to do just one more rescue or bomb diffusion. But at the end of the day all those plastic warriors would go back into the bind, waiting for their next mission.

Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables is pretty much those toys coming back out of the box for another day’s deadly mission. Abided that they are played now by the real deal of aging 80s action stars and those that can still act or at least give a good line reading, getting some juicy monologues in between the action.
   
With thousands of pounds in sweat, blood, muscle, bullets, and explosives, Stallone leads the wolf pack of mercenaries called ‘The Expendables’ as Barney Ross. Following him are his wingman Jason Statham as Lee Christmas, lightning quick Jet Li as Yin Yang, psycho redneck Randy Couture as Toll Road, big machine Terry Crews as Hail Caesar, strung out Dolph Lundgren as Gunner Jensen, and wise old biker friend Mickey Rourke as Tool.  They are usually funded by a guy named Mr. Church (Bruce Willis, owning the entire movie in his one scene) and a mysteriously lumpy old politician, we Californians know all too well.

When the gang isn’t blowing up half of South America or any other third world country from the grip of rogue CIA agents (Eric Roberts and Steve Austin) and cartoon military dictators (David Zayas from TV’s Dexter), they hang out  at a biker bar next to Tool’s place where they shoot the shit, drink beer, and compare each other’s knives. It’s the ultimate man caves of caves, where no one else but this cast of aging action characters seem to be hanging around.

Stallone delivers the movie with such breeze. There are, of course, wall-to-wall action sequences, but through all of its rocky rubble and bloodshed, it’s just another Saturday morning cartoon.

The movie only dapples at the crumbling and harsh aging world these men of war find themselves in. Stallone as we can see here is no Sam Peckenpah or Robert Aldrich in dealing action goods with a real sense of tragic undercurrent, though he does very wisely use the best dramatic actor in the bunch, Rourke, to give a few classic monologues of regret and the violent past him and his team led. Rourke can make a lot of tough guys cry if he wants to.

But then again, no real tough guy really wants to hear about their tragically violent self-worth when coming to see The Expendables. They just want action, wisecracks, and surprise cameos galore.

The action for the most part is delivered especially when the younger dudes Statham, Li, and Crews are on screen, because they aren’t quite so lumpy and old like the rest of the cast. Stallone’s scenes look especially thrown together by quick cuts and close-ups.

The Expendables
, like my childhood action figures at the end of the day were all picked up, cleaned off and sent back into their bind for another day’s play, eventually forgotten and thrown away, but wait… that’s another summer movie.

Grade: B-

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Daily Expendable: Jet Li http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/daily-expendable-jet-li/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/daily-expendable-jet-li/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Know for lightning quick reflexes and amazing acrobatic stunts, Jet Li is one Expendable not to mess with. While stateside we've seen Li play more of the standard stone cold killer types in War, Romeo Must Die, and Lethal Weapon 4, over in his native China, Li is far more badass. Just check out his amazing work in Once Upon a Time in China, Hero, or Fist of Legend for a good action smack in the teeth. Highly Debatable Best Role: Wong Fei-hung in Once Upon a Time in China trilogy Weird Fact: When he was 11-years-old he won a trip to Washington D.C. to  meet President Richard Nixon after becoming the Chinese National Champion in Wushu martial arts. MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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Know for lightning quick reflexes and amazing acrobatic stunts, Jet Li is one Expendable not to mess with. While stateside we’ve seen Li play more of the standard stone cold killer types in War, Romeo Must Die, and Letha Weapon 4, over in his native China, Li is far more badass. Just check out his amazing work in Once Upon a Time in China, Hero, or Fist of Legend for a good action smack in the teeth.

Highly Debatable Best Role: Wong Fei-hung in Once Upon a Time in China trilogy

Weird Fact: When he was 11-years-old he won a trip to Washington D.C. to  meet President Richard Nixon after becoming the Chinese National Champion in Wushu martial arts.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Uncomfortable Interview Question: You and Jason Statham have now made three movies together. How much do you f*cking hate that guy?

Best Fatality: Making rival martial artist Donnie Yen’s neck exploded after an epic rope fight in Once Upon a Time in China 2. 

All-Encompassing Clip: 

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Fan-Made Man-Made ‘The Expendables’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fan-made-man-made-the-expendables-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fan-made-man-made-the-expendables-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Man Challenge: Get your ass to the theater the weekend of August 13th to see The Expendables or else Eat, Pray, Love might take the number one spot at the box office. I'm not saying this because Lionsgate bought me the jacuzzi full of Voss that I'm currently working in, I'm saying it because if a movie specifically tailored for guys like us fails to bring in the dough, our future will be grim. So, so grim. In fact, make so much noise through your enthusiasm for The Expendables that the females in the Eat, Pray, Love theater next door turn to either side and disgustedly utter the word, "Men..." You're goddamned right "men." Check out the Call to Arms Expendables trailer after the jump.

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Man Challenge: Get your ass to the theater the weekend of August 13th to see The Expendables or else Eat, Pray, Love might take the number one spot at the box office. I’m not saying this because Lionsgate bought me the jacuzzi full of Voss that I’m currently working in, I’m saying it because if a movie specifically tailored for guys like us fails to bring in the dough, our future will be grim. So, so grim. In fact, make so much noise through your enthusiasm for The Expendables that the females in the Eat, Pray, Love theater next door turn to either side and disgustedly utter the word, "Men…" You’re goddamned right "men."

Check out the Call to Arms Expendables trailer after the jump.

 


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Stallone Stabs At Banter For A Change In New ‘Expendables’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/stallone-stabs-at-banter-for-a-change-in-new-expendables-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/stallone-stabs-at-banter-for-a-change-in-new-expendables-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 On paper The Expendables is terrible. In execution it is the most fun I've had in a movie theater for quite some time. This movie almost has it all; explosions, gratuitous violence, badasses, unnecessary motorcycle-riding montages, bad guys getting their heads kicked off, and awkward stabs at banter delivered by foreign tongues. And this new one minute cutdown of the trailer highlights all those elements. Especially the banter. Somebody in Internet add a laugh-track to this movie immediately. Somebody not me. CHECK OUT THE COMEDIC STYLINGS OF JET "SHECKY" LI AFTER THE JUMP...

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On paper The Expendables is terrible. In execution it is the most fun I’ve had in a movie theater for quite some time. This movie almost has it all; explosions, gratuitous violence, badasses, unnecessary motorcycle-riding montages, bad guys getting their heads kicked off, and awkward stabs at banter delivered by foreign tongues. And this new one minute cutdown of the trailer highlights all those elements. Especially the banter. Somebody in Internet add a laugh-track to this movie immediately. Somebody not me.

CHECK OUT THE COMEDIC STYLINGS OF JET "SHECKY" LI AFTER THE JUMP…

 

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‘The Expendables’ Sneak Peak Doesn’t Care About Preexisiting Conditions http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-expendables-sneak-peak-doesnt-care-about-preexisiting-conditions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-expendables-sneak-peak-doesnt-care-about-preexisiting-conditions/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 One of these men has an enlarged prostate. No you're not looking at a pharmaceutical campaign, that's the new Legends Poster for The Expendables. It's about a bunch of men who do mercenary work in between trips to the bathroom for wee wee. I kid, I kid, don't stroke out. In fact, in the new sneak peak of the movie, the guys are bruising more ass than whippersnappers one-third their age. "The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy also helps with the playful tone of the footage. If they used Linkin' Park for the backing track, then we'd know shit is about to get real. Check out the sneak peak after the jump. The Expendables works its way into theaters August 13, 2010.

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One of these men has an enlarged prostate.

No you’re not looking at a pharmaceutical campaign, that’s the new Legends Poster for The Expendables. It’s about a bunch of men who do mercenary work in between trips to the bathroom for wee wee. I kid, I kid, don’t stroke out.

In fact, in the new sneak peak of the movie, the guys are bruising more ass than whippersnappers one-third their age. "The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy also helps with the playful tone of the footage. If they used Linkin’ Park for the backing track, then we’d know shit is about to get real.

Check out the sneak peak after the jump. The Expendables works its way into theaters August 13, 2010.


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‘The Expendables’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-expendables-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-expendables-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The trailer for the powerhouse action film The Expendables has hammer-punched its way on to the Internetz. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Governator himself. Until now I was unaware that celluloid could contain that much raw power. Add a theme song by the guy from Godsmack and the package is complete. I don't know about you, but I feel like wrestling a Minotaur! Check out the trailer below. The Expendables busts into theaters August 13, 2010. ROAAAAR!!!!

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The trailer for the powerhouse action film The Expendables has hammer-punched its way on to the Internetz. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Governator himself. Until now I was unaware that celluloid could contain that much raw power. Add a theme song by the guy from Godsmack and the package is complete. I don’t know about you, but I feel like wrestling a Minotaur!

Check out the trailer below. The Expendables busts into theaters August 13, 2010. ROAAAAR!!!!


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WARLORDS http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warlords/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warlords/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan Cast: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro Synopsis: A Chinese army general (Li) joins with two bandits (Lau, Kaneshiro) to defend a hapless village from the horrors of war.  They become blood brothers, but their loyalty is tested when politics and a love triangle come into play. Genre: Historical Action Release Date: Summer 2009 (North America)

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Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan

Cast: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Synopsis: A Chinese army general (Li) joins with two bandits (Lau, Kaneshiro) to defend a hapless village from the horrors of war.  They become bloo brothers, but their loyalty is tested when politics and a love triangle come into play.

Genre: Historical Action

Release Date: Summer 2009 (North America)

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