Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a tough talking, wisecracking
truck driver whose humdrum life on the road takes a sudden
supernatural tailspin when his best friend's fiancée is kidnapped.
Speeding to the rescue, Jack finds himself deep beneath San
Francisco's Chinatown. It's a murky, creature-filled world
ruled by Lo Pan, a 200-year-old magician who mercilessly presides
over an empire of sprits...
John Carpenter ever mad a bad movie? Probably not, although
his output has been a little erratic, and none more so that
here. Big Trouble in Little China offers both the best
and worst out his work, neatly package in one film.
best parts are obviously the black humour - a hero that's
a failure with a super sidekick - the music and the action
sequences. Kurt Russell asserts himself well and there's plenty
to be said for the supporting cast. But the plot. oh boy!
demons, strange girls with green eyes, the lust for humanity
and power. all have the potential to combine into a comedy
action romp. Unfortunately, a lack of internal logic means
that the sum of the film's excellent parts doesn't quite add
up to the winner Big Trouble could have been. It's hard to
say where the blame lies but somehow the movies fails to gel.
that's not to say that Big Trouble in Little China
isn't a fun 'after the pub' movie. Just don't expect classic
Carpenter and you won't be disappointed.
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