Cradle 2 the Grave

October 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

Teenage-boy-in-man’s-body producer Joel Silver’s latest in his self-styled ‘hip urban action trilogy’ is another sweet and sour combination of far eastern chop socky, hi tech crime, rap, ho’s and doggs. DMX wears a perpetual snarl, Jet Li shows all the animation of a dying houseplant, but everyone (including you) has a bit of fun.

The Sight & Sound

Scroll through the movie to the big set piece — the combined quad racer chase and bareknuckle fighting cage punch-up. DMX’s rap, Jet’s lightning-fast limbs and the chase through LA streets should be turned up as loud as possible.

The Extras

A bit of a let down — there’s no commentary and indeed no sign of director Andrzej Bartkowiak (it’s not like he’s George Lucas or of the Wachowski’s).

Two mini docos deconstruct the massive fight scene — where Jet takes on 20 street fighting champions in a WCW-style steel cage, and the verandah-drop sequence, where he breaks into an apartment by dropping down the outside of the building.

There’s a filmclip of DMX’s track from the movie X Gon’ Give it To Ya, trailers and cast and crew lists.

Though the movie wasn’t great, it could have been a great DVD about the stunts, fights and other behind-the-scenes material even without a commentary. Unfortunately, pickings are very slim.

The Worth

If you’re a hardcore fan of the film, go for it. But hardcore fans of the genre will be disappointed by the lack of extras

2.5 out of 5


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