Romeo Must Die
Action / Crime / Thriller
Romeo Must Die
Action / Crime / Thriller
In this modern day Romeo and Juliet, kung fu action star Jet Li plays Romeo to hip-hop singer, Aaliyah Haughton's Juliet. Li is an ex-cop investigating the murder of his brother, who had ties with the Chinese mafia in America. Aaliyah plays the daughter of the American mob boss. Neither side approves of their romance, so, obviously, kung fu action ensues, with a soundtrack by Aaliyah.
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Lethal Weapon 4 was just a starter, this movie delivers!
For those who like cross-culture, "Romeo Must Die", show be the one for
you! Jet Li who was fresh from "Leathal Weapon 4" really delivers in
this action-packed movie. Playing Han was a big one for him.
Aaliyah(1979-2001), the R&B sensation really got her acting chops in
gear playing the alluring Trish O'Day, who is being shadowed by the
bumbling Maurice, played by the hilarious, Anthony Anderson. Everybody
would call him MORON! Which I think is funny.
I liked the X-ray effects of the movie whenever a fight was going to
happen. I liked the part when Han refused to a fight a woman, he used
Trish to fight her with. It looked more of a swing dance to me. Since
Trish's words backed him up, the enemy was impaled through the heart.
And after the final fight, Trish's father (Delroy Lindo), wanted to
meet Han for himself, and I 'm glad he got that chance, I think it was
silly for him to demand a handshake from him, but hey, he wanted to who
the "cat" was, and make sure he did. Han never declined any offer only
to know who was the troublemaker behind the "war". Before anyone
remember seeing Aaliyah in "Queen of the Damned", check out this movie
first. Rating 4 out of 5.
The most violent "interpretation" of Shakespeare I`ve ever seen
ROMEO MUST DIE is one of those rare films which, while
particularly good for its genre, is surprisingly good for
reasons. Most of the black characters, even the villians,
sympathetically portrayed, even though the hero is Asian.
Aaliyah is wholesomely sexy and quite beautiful. Russell
is phenomenal is a very short role. This guy has the looks,
style, and presence of Russell Crowe. Jet Li, however, is
very humane and appealing, though his character is underwritten.
Most of the asian characters are shortchanged dramatically.
However the white (primarily Jewish) characters are shortchanged
the most. They receive the brunt of the ugly stereotyping.
The kung-fu sequences are nothing special. They are too
and too confusing to be completely effective. Though neat,
Xray effect detracted from the "realism," sort of like
old split screen and slo-mo effects of the 1960s films.
Bone-crunching is far more effective; and, would someone
dispense with this "flying" nonsense? I don't want to
anything up there or the screen that is not physically
Special note must be made of Francoise Yip, the Female bike
fighter. If Ms. Yip did all her own stunts, she's not
stunningly beautiful, she is also awesome.
One quibble, which I feel follows a disturbing pattern in
motion pictures. Though Jet Li and Aaliyah are quite obviously
in love at the close of the film, they never kiss. In a
which shows two beautiful asian dances french kiss, and
bares the other's breast and kisses her erect nipple,would it have been too
much to ask to have to people of different races who are obviously in love
share a romantic kiss?
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One Of The Better Martial-Arts Movies
I was surprised I enjoyed much of this since martial arts movies are
okay but nothing I really get into often. Jet Li plays the only likable
character in this Asians vs. Blacks gang story.
Some of the stunts were tremendous. Some were so over-the-top, so
unbelievable that they were funny. The movie certainly isn't one to be
The wild action scenes, fairly involving story and nice colors and
interesting sound track all make this movie a cut above the normal
martial arts fare. The excellent surround sound and sharp picture make
it a good one for DVD.