DVD
Bulletproof Monk

Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, James King and Karel Rodin
Pathe Distribution Ltd
RRP 17.99
P9065DVD
Certificate: 12
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The Monk is a martial arts master whose duty has been to protect a powerful ancient scroll. Faced with finding the scroll's next guardian, the Monk's quest brings him to New York City where, to his disbelief, it appears his successor is a smart-mouthed pickpocket named Kar. As the Monk instructs Kar, the unlikely duo become partners in protecting the scroll from a power-monger who's been chasing it for 60 years. Amidst high-flying acrobatics and martial arts action, this odd couple has to work together to keep the scroll - and mankind - safe...

Bulletproof Monk was one of those movies that I never got around to seeing when it was released theatrically. In fact when I first saw the movie posters I thought it was joke - I mean the title sounds ridiculous doesn't it?

However, this is a fairly entertaining movie which is a perfect vessel for Chow Yun-Fat. Seann William Scott, more famous as Steve Stifler in the American Pie movies, is also well cast as Kar. Watch out for William Scott in the future. He is certainly a rising Hollywood star - in fact on more than one occasion he resembled a young Harrison Ford.

There are plenty of thrills and spills along the way, but this movie will be best received by the under 18 age group - it is a little too corny to be taken seriously by adults.

Extras include audio commentary with director Paul Hunter and producers Charles Roven and Douglas Segal; featurette The Tao of Monk; Featurette The Monk Unrobed; Behind the scenes; Photo gallery; and deleted scenes.

Also I found the animated menus extremely funny. These have little stick men fighting and running around the screen - sounds childish, but it is remarkably entertaining.

An above average family movie.

Pete Boomer

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