Fans of the video game eagerly waited for the release of a second Street Fighter film because the horrific 1994 version with John Claude Van Damme. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li did not obtain a lot mainstream media promotion at all and largely relied on Web advertisement to develop its presence recognized. Before release, it was dubiously withheld from critics for Overview. It was the appropriate move. For you see, there was nothing at all in this film that may conserve it from disaster.
At the helm of this project was director Andrzej Bartkowiak who showed considerably promise in Romeo Ought to Die. Alas, he could not provide in Doom and, now, Street Fighter. In stating the clear, these had been two blockbuster video games that gathered legions of fans all through the years. All Bartkowiak had to do was generate a film that was far more-loyal-than-not to the video games and he’ll have a blockbuster hit, if not, a cult hit.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li was an origins film. The initial of rumored films based on the Street Figher video game. This film supplied the backdrop to Chun Li. She’s the third main character of the video game series following Ken and Ryu. She’s too regarded as to be the initial lady of video games considering that she predated Lara Craft and other people.
The plot was easy. Chun Li was expanding up to turn out to be a traditional pianist guided by her loving father. He was abducted prior to her eyes and she grew up lamenting over him. When she was of age, Chun Li went on a quest to locate out what occurred to her father and rescue him, if achievable.
The difficulty with Street Fighter was it deviated with from simplicity. Had they stayed additional on Chun Li’s transformation from a small piano girl to a butt-kicking warrior, ala Karate Kid, they may well have succeeded in delivering a decent film. Rather, Bartkowiak and his writers attempted to do as well a lot by introducing other characters of irrelevance, particularly Nash and Maya who convoluted the plot.
The character Chris Nash was especially terrible. He was suppose to come off as a streetwise agent with a sarcastic view of the globe, but he came out annoyingly douchy. Furthermore, Chun Li’s mentor Gen was specifically bland. For a guy with mysterious top quality, there was nothing at all intriguing about him.
The a single passable element of the movie was the fight scenes. The greatest fight scene was in the starting when Chun Li’s father fought Balrog in their kitchen. Chun Li herself had some great fights, specifically in the alley with some thugs prior to Gen identified her.
But devoid of a viable storyline and no endearing characters, the film pinned its results on the star energy of Kristin Kreuk as Chun Li, the attractive star from the Television-series Smallville. She did a decent job, providing Chun Li some humanity and emotion outdoors of a video game, but in the end, Kristin Kreuk was not adequate to retain this film from sliding down to a laughable memory.
How laughable? This film is worse than the 1994 version. Now that is laughable.
All in all, I rate this film 0 out of five. Skip it.