February 2, 2014
Kick ***directorial debut for NEO
Keanu Reeves delivers in this modern day martial arts film set in Beijing and Hong Kong. Tiger Chen is solid action star making leap from Matrix stuntman to lead in this long awaited film from the Matrix star Reeves. Tiger is a tai chi practitioner living the everyman role in modern day China with a deliveryman job who sheds his costume as he travels down the path of self discovery. Tai Chi is showcased as a martial art not just an exercise in the park for the elderly as Tiger fights his way up the ladder of a martial arts tournament. Drafted to fight in on-line competitions patronized by millionaires, Tiger comes to find his inner chi and strength from his training and extraordinary experience. The fight scenes are excellent including a stylish fight club where fighters of different styles showcase what is meant by fighting to the death. Reeves as actor and director and brings a western style to the martial arts genre set amid the pollution of modern China seen on many levels.
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