Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (PG-13, 1:36) — 3
Always a crapshoot when you base a movie on a video game. Things this one had going for it:
• Kick-ass female protagonist, Chun-Li, played by ...
• Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang on Smallville)
• Respect for the locales and cultures in Hong Kong and Bangkok (some subtitles)
Regrettably, that was about it. The story had some promise but was ruined by terrible writing and the worst individual acting performance I’ve seen in years (Chris Klein as Nash of Interpol).
2 SF&F elements: (1) the good guys could conjure up scintillating globes of force; (2) the bad guy was able to transfer all his goodness into the soul of his unborn dotter. Those 2 accounted for maybe 4 minutes total and weren’t integral to the plot. Otherwise it was mainly whack, bash, kick (none done memorably), and occasionally shoot.
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He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher