Published Jul 01, 2001Already being called "Romeo Must Die 2," it doesn't take long to figure out where Jet Li's next stab at Hollywood fame is heading. "Kiss of the Dragon" sees Li playing the role of Liu Jian from the Beijing police department being shipped to Paris to help foil a heroin operation. Ah yes, only in the movies. But of course something goes drastically wrong and next thing we know Liu is pegged for murder and the hunter is now the hunted. This is the set up for Jet Li to become a one-man army and supply the audience with what they came looking for: ass-whooping.
"Kiss of the Dragon" follows the formula for mediocre action flicks to a tee. Basically we're drilled with bland dialogue and corny catch phrases to fill the void of not seeing Jet Li perform his impressive fight combinations. To say that the script for this movie is weak would be an understatement, for there is nothing slightly original about it. And all the blame for poor writing can't be pegged onto Hollywood for trying to make a foreign action star into American drivel, because Jet Li penned the nonsense himself. Even a seasoned actress in Bridget Fonda can't really save this film. Fonda's character of Jessica, an American prostitute in France, is completely pointless. But there always needs to be a woman dragged into our troubled hero's mess, right?
"Kiss of the Dragon" is nothing more than anyone's expecting. Some might find this completely fine and don't need to be challenged with a good script while at the theatre, but after endless, tiresome action films that seem to only get worse as the summer rolls on someone has to put their foot down. This movie can easily be shelved with all the other box-office blockbusters gone wrong this year.