Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

2009-05-14 11:10
 

What it's about:

Chun-Li (
Kristen Kreuk) leaves behind a life of comfort to embark on a dangerous mission to track down and kill Bison (Neal McDonough), an evil-minded villain who kidnapped her father and plans to destroy the slums of Bangkok to pave the way for his own empire.

What we thought of it:

Everything about Street Fighter is paper-thin: the acting, plot, fight sequences and Kristen Kreuk are all over-reaching, and falling short each time, in this flimsy video game-turned action movie sequel.

As you'll recall, the 1994 movie version, which starred Jean-Claude van Damme and, er, Kylie Minogue, wasn't exactly smashing box office records, so why would anyone see the worth in a follow-up? Note to delusional movie producers: putting the word "Legend" in your title doesn't really sell it.

The most notable thing to have arisen from the release of this movie? The debate over the size of Kristen Kreuk's thighs compared to that of the original video game version of Chun-Li. But the real fascination lies in how those tiny bird legs are able to walk, let alone kick ass, in those ginormous boots.

Chun-Li morphs from classical pianist to a vengeance-seeking, high-kicking warrior and leaves the comfort of her mansion and servants behind to lose herself in the pulse of the streets. The story is delivered like a fairy tale - it's clean, bright, polished and a little hard to believe. The only sexual overtone comes in the form of gold handcuffs and the charged relationship between detectives Nash (Chris Klein) and Maya (Moon Bloodgood). You know when you lick the positive end of a AA battery and get a little jolt? That sums up the 'chemistry between these two. Klein (Oz in American Pie) is a better actor than this drivel allows, while Bloodgood is in perfect harmony with her role - pretty vapid.

Antagonist Bison (Neal McDonough of Desperate Housewives fame) and Vega (Taboo of Black Eyed Peas), of course, prove no match for our slender heroine. McDonough makes for a formidable baddy and overshadows everyone else while Taboo should probably stick to his day job.

Street Fighter will likely please those who enjoyed Dragonball: Evolution and Hannah Montana. But even so, anything is better than seeing Jean-Claude van Damme in a beret.


Paper-thin in every way (especially Kristen Kreuk's thighs), this is another failed attempt to adapt the popular video game to the big screen.

preshen govender 2009/05/11 9:26 AM
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Something must remain games and not make it into the movies
Shani 2009/05/11 1:26 PM
I'll watch it even if Kristin is poses wearing the Chun-Li outfit for the entire movie! She's HOT!
Paul 2009/05/11 1:59 PM
I agree with preshen, have fond memories of the old 20c coin-op street fighter. Now its gettings stuffed up with a c class movie. Kristen is hot tho.
Neo 2009/05/19 2:01 PM
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leave games to games and movies to movies
ShavZ 2009/06/29 7:52 AM
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If only they left out the 2% gore in the movie it will be a good movie for kids! This movie is aimed at the wrong age group.
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