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DMX and Jet Li in a movie. I shoulda known it would suck tremendously.

However Gabrielle Union was well worth my time.

Damn. Can't load any pics.
Cradle 2 the Grave is too ridiculous to be considered good cinema.

Phone Booth is all too riveting to overlook.

The Core provides decent escapism despite the cheesy lines.
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CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE
(ANDRZEJ BARTKOWIAK, 2003)
R
1 HOUR 41 MINUTES
This movie was as boring as can be. I rented hoping it would have somw kick-ass action like in Jet Li's other films, but that didn't happen. Cradle 2 the Grave was a very boring and stupid film. DMX and Jet Li were ok but not that good. It's fight scenes could've been better also. There were some sweet ass looking cars and when the credits are rolling there's a conversation between Tom Arnold and some other guy and it was pretty funny. But overall, Cradle 2 the Grave is a boring, mediocre, film. This movie gets a 5/10.
4.75/10
the plot


Leader. Thief. Warrior. Father.




Armed with a potent combination of charisma, street smarts and martial arts expertise, Tony Fait (DMX) navigates the menace of the urban landscape with passionate precision, taking care of business and his fiercely loyal crew of professionals (ANTHONY ANDERSON, GABRIELLE UNION and DRAG-ON) with a dedication surpassed only by his love for his young daughter Vanessa (PAIGE HURD).



After pulling off a complex heist involving a cache of black diamonds, Fait quickly comes fist-to-fist with Su (JET LI), a Taiwanese government agent who has pursued the extraordinary stones halfway across the world. As lethal as he is relentless, Su isn't just hunting down diamonds -- he's hunting the ruthless Ling (MARK DACASCOS), his former partner, who kidnaps Fait's daughter in a ploy to exchange her for the stolen jewels.



But when word hits the street that Fait stashed the stones with his fence Archie (TOM ARNOLD), the diamonds promptly wind up in the hands of a powerful crime lord (CHI McBRIDE).



His back to the wall, Fait mobilizes his crew, suspends his strict no-guns policy and prepares to unleash every force at his disposal to save his daughter. But only Su knows Ling well enough to anticipate his every move -- and after he dispenses with Ling's operatives in an explosive display of martial prowess, Fait realizes Su could be his best hope for bringing Vanessa home alive.

Adversaries by code but allied by circumstance, the master thief and the enigmatic agent join forces to wage war on their common enemy: Su to exact revenge against the man who once tried to take his life and Fait to rescue Vanessa, the one person that he cannot live without.

what i think

a crappy far fretched movie thats so over the top youll stop caring if you really cared at all about the crappy charaters or junk story thats been done over and over and over again ,dmx cant act at all he buggs thr crap out of man how he talks .crao dont waste your time
One of several recent films in the spanking new asian/gangsta marital arts subgenre (i.e., Half Past Dead, Romeo Must Die, etc.), this could have been a decent film, but is severely hampered by the presence of DMX. I personally don't know DMX; he may be a truly bad-ass gansta, or he may be a values-driven family man. All I know for certain is that he can't act for shit. Why do we need rappers in these roles? I know that Mekhi Phifer and Omar Epps could use the work, and they're far better thespians.

The plot of Cradle 2 the Grave is simultaneously simple and obtuse. I tried desperately to figure out what was going on throughout much of the film before I realized that it didn't MATTER much what was going on: not to the writer, the director, or the actors. Some black stones are stolen by DMX and his 'crew' of theives, who mistakes them for African-American diamonds, when in all actuality they're a futuristic plutonium-type weapon. DMX's daughter is kidnapped by weapons dealers who want the stones back, and Jet Li helps him out by following DMX around, acting all sage and mystic in a vague Asian sort of way, and kicking the occasional ass. DMX doesn't look bad-ass, as much like he looks like someone trying to look bad-ass, and he scrunches up his face a lot in some sort of feigned rage, and bitches more about finding his long lost child than Dennis Quaid did throughout all of The Day After Tomorrow. Tedious shit, to say the least.

The fight scenes were okay, but some of the parallel editing was obnoxious and difficult to follow. A few of director Andrzej Bartkowiak's jump cuts caused serious injury to my spinal column. The film was also mean-spirited and cruel, in a way that made the proceedings less than enjoyable. The one positive aspect of the film is Gabrielle Union, who does a slow-mo strip tease that is highly erotic and totally titillating (even thought an obvious body double is used near the end). Wow. In my opinion, Gabrielle Union makes Halle Berry look like that old lady in The Ladykillers.
Cradle 2 the Grave: 4/10

I wrote a huge long thing for these movies, but my computer crashed... *cries* So I'll write these short crappy paragraphs, sinc eit's FREEZING in my house ATM.

Transamerica
I liked the movie. I liked the story, I liked the plot direction. I hate the main character. I felt the personality of the main character was very superficial - it seemed like she wanted to chop off her penis (like OMG, sooo non-PC from me?!) because she was so incompetant at everything she had ever done in life. It's been awhile since I saw the movie, but if I remember correctly, Bree was a very shameless liar, and therefore shameful person. I think I hated the main character so much because of the constant dishonesty she portrayed throughout. Even by the end, I felt that she had not really learned anything. Hell, I think that in through the entire journey, Bree was so resistant to change, that she missed growing as a person. Blah. Bree sucked so hard. There's a VERY good reason this wasn't nominated for best picture - BREE SUCKS (I'm so immature...I really should be wording this better)!!!

However, her son is one sexy SOB. I'd hit that XD And the film as a whole was interesting at the very least. If only the main character was stronger...this would have been a perfect 10, no shit. You know, since I am writing this a little later after seeing it, maybe I should give it a 7/10. But no. There are some really good scenes, and...a lot of shit curtosy of Bree. Fuck, if Bree was real, I'd be committing some hate crimes against idiots. My lovely Best Friend like LOOOOVED this movie, but...I think just for the gay theme XD. Like honestly, I don't go by that. Idiots are idiots are idiots. Fuck if they like cock, or if they used to have cock or whatever. On that note, I REALLY don't get why people hate people for liking to have sex with the same gender. Like, it's just sex. Go pick on some pedophiles. I suppose conversely, why do people like to be proud of the fact they like to have sex with the same gender? And then, why do people feel they need certain body parts to be complete? I think you should just do the best with what you have, but that's just because gender is learned...IMO...think about it. Trannies have to live "as a woman" before the penis comes off. Now, how are women so different from men? Like, other than having a vagina? Oh hell, I'm just making myself mad. Let me go back to little old Imaginary land, where everyone is equal, as in exactly the same, and totally asexual. Man, I really shouldn't be able to buy hetero or homosexuality. Mainly homosexuality because like, who goes out an conciously chooses "yes, I want a wo/man...". Like, straight ppl don't think like that "yes, I want someone with the opposite genitals as me". But homosexuals are like that. Okay, and so are heterosexuals too. But homosexuals are more sexual. Which is good...hahahArrrg!!! I can't buy exclusive sexuality!! Sexuality is an illusion!!! Watch Brokeback to learn this!! I think. Let me crawl back under my rock now...
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