The Forbidden Kingdom (12A)

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Wed Jul 9 2008

The ’80s action fantasy may be long dead, but nobody told the folks behind ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’. Slavishly following rules laid down in such films as ‘The Karate Kid’, the film tells the story of softhearted Boston street punk and kung-fu fanatic Jason Tripitakas (Michael Angarano), who finds a magic staff and is transported to a mystical land populated by figures from Chinese mythology.

Nostalgia aside, there’s not a lot to love in ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’. Director Rob ‘The Haunted Mansion’ Minkoff keeps things visually flat and uninspired. Angarano, an emotional vacuum as an actor, is a singularly unappealing lead. But this won’t make a jot of difference to the film’s target audience of pre-teens eager to catch the first on-screen pairing of legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li. And this, luckily, is the film’s one strength: their interaction is likeably goofy, and when the fists start flying it’s easy to forget the film’s flaws and enjoy the simple pugilistic pleasures of the Jet & Jackie show.
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Release details

Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Jul 11, 2008

Duration:

104 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Rob Minkoff

Screenwriter:

John Fusco

Cast:

Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano

Music:

David Buckley

Cinematography:

Peter Pau

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usman khawaja

monkey circus in monkey world with monkey king -one huge boring ball of magic and immortals with a kung fu take on lord of the rings with nothing ingenious or remotely intelligent , even the two leads look as bored as i felt and it explains why one of them is persistenly boozing while staging some clumsy and very noisy fights which are endleesly repetitive and will give you repititive strain injury -AVOID . a cheap chinese charade

Viix

aw com on stop slating this movie...it was a slice of kidoligy...nothing more...po-faced smith all way through was great, considering he is a very good comedy actor. this movie must be seen for yourselves..its brill, superb unexpected twist...very enjoyable for all the family...laughed my flipping head off and shed a tear also...good job Will ;)

Viix

aw com on stop slating this movie...it was a slice of kidoligy...nothing more...po-faced smith all way through was great, considering he is a very good comedy actor. this movie must be seen for yourselves..its brill, superb unexpected twist...very enjoyable for all the family...laughed my flipping head off and shed a tear also...good job Will ;)

Viix

Hanncock.. Must be one of his best yet..funny, sad..Smith straight faced all way thru pulls this off nicely, with a good unexpected twist in there, that works. watched this with my 10 year old son and we giggled like anything.. brilliant.. should be 5 stars..have no idea why its been slated as im a very good film buff

Viix

Hanncock.. Must be one of his best yet..funny, sad..Smith straight faced all way thru pulls this off nicely, with a good unexpected twist in there, that works. watched this with my 10 year old son and we giggled like anything.. brilliant.. should be 5 stars..have no idea why its been slated as im a very good film buff

RobynLynn

KATE>>>YOU HAVE LOST YO MIND!!!!!.....The Forbidden Kingdom was excellent...my boyfriend and I both enjoyed it....it was a perfect date movie...full of action and humor...and best of all...NO "UNCOMFORTABLE" SCENES!!!....I would recommend it for anyone!!!

RobynLynn

KATE>>>YOU HAVE LOST YO MIND!!!!!.....The Forbidden Kingdom was excellent...my boyfriend and I both enjoyed it....it was a perfect date movie...full of action and humor...and best of all...NO "UNCOMFORTABLE" SCENES!!!....I would recommend it for anyone!!!

Kate

Forbidden Kingdom is absolutely horrible! A complete waste of time.