Cradle 2 the Grave

Cradle 2 the Grave

Andrzej Bartkowiak (2003)

97min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Romeo Must Die duo Jet Li and rapper DMX here reunite with director Andrzej Bartkowiak for another hyperactive slice of cultural fusion. This unpretentious action thriller with its combination of eastern martial arts and western urban grit may not be rocket science, but it's still an enjoyable ride. Playing with the clichés of the buddy movie, this has DMX's streetwise entrepreneur forced into an uneasy alliance with Taiwanese intelligence agent Li after his young daughter is kidnapped by Li's former partner (Mark Dacascos). Though the hip-hop influences of Bartkowiak's previous work still dominate the tale's soundtrack and language, he seems to have refined his film-making style. There's a lot more wit, stereotypes are inverted and both the action sequences and special effects are imaginative yet believable. Li's English remains clumsy, but he's a gloriously entertaining fighter, and it's pleasing to see a feature where all the female protagonists give as good as they get.

Summary

A Taiwanese undercover agent helps a master jewel thief track down the international crimelord who has kidnapped his daughter and is using her as a bargaining chip to obtain a cache of rare black diamonds. Action thriller, starring Jet Li, DMX, Mark Dacascos, Kelly Hu, Tom Arnold and Gabrielle Union.

Cast & Crew

Su Jet Li
Tony Fait DMX
Ling Mark Dacascos
Sona Kelly Hu
Archie Tom Arnold
Daria Gabrielle Union
Tommy Anthony Anderson
Odion Michael Jace
Director Andrzej Bartkowiak
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Drama