Cradle 2 the Grave

Directed By: Andrzej Bartkowiak Starring: Jet Li

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Damn it is GOOD

by S.L.E. on 8/15/2003

Got the movie & have watched it with my sons over 10 times. Great fighting scenes and a good story line. Jet Li kicks ass again. Very Good special effects. Well Worth The Money! Buy It!!! Read More

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A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem


Studio Warner
SKU 40223838
UPC 085392341122
UPC 14 00085392341122
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2006
Rating Rating
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Martial Arts
Rap Music
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Jet Li once again joins up with a musical costar in Andrzej Bartkowiak's thrill-a-minute CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE. Li was introduced to American audiences as the villain in Richard Donner's LETHAL WEAPON 4, which featured former Crystals lead singer Darlene Love. Li got his first English-language starring role in Bartkowiak's ROMEO MUST DIE, with the late Aaliyah and rapper DMX. The director has reteamed Li and DMX as men on opposite sides of the law who are forced to work together in CRADLE. DMX plays Fait, a powerful man with a deep love for black diamonds but a deeper love for his daughter (who gets kidnapped). Li is Su, a Taiwanese agent--Fait calls him the Kung Fu James Bond--who has come to Los Angeles to find the stones and capture his former partner, Ling (Mark Dacascos), who is after the gems as well. The action is fast and furious as Su sides with Fait to battle helicopters, trains, fancy cars, motorcycles, tanks, and flying ATVs in rings of fire and pouring rain. High-tech heists and heavy heat send the action quotient soaring while Tom Arnold supplies comic relief and karate hottie Kelly Hu adds mystery and romance (along with awesome martial arts stunts).
New York Times "...Beneath its hip-hop flash, CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE works the kung-fu version of the David-and-Goliath myth..." 02/08/2003 p.E17
Entertainment Weekly "...[DMX is] shaping himself into a genuinely appealing screen presence, a sort of gangsta-preneur samurai..." 03/07/2003 p.51-2
Variety "...[Li's] precision foot- and fist-work remain superlative....[DMX] registers with a cool, commanding presence..." 03/03/2003 p.41-78
Total Film "...[A] mixture of Hong Kong chop-sockery and urban hip-hop chic..." 05/01/2003 p.95
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Jet Li
Cast & Crew
Anthony Anderson - Actor
DMX - Actor
Gabrielle Union - Actor
Jet Li - Actor
Kelly Hu - Actor
Mark Dacascos - Actor
Tom Arnold - Actor
Daryn Okada - Cinematographer
Andrzej Bartkowiak - Director
Derek Brechin - Editor
Joel Silver - Producer
David F. Klassen - Production Designer
John O'Brien - Screenplay
Channing Gibson - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 23411
UPC 00085392341122
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
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ReviewSource L.A. Times
Review True, Li can kick, punch, slap and leap his way out of any ugly situation, but he's rarely given the chance in Cradle 2 the Grave. The few promising skirmishes that do erupt sputter out quickly as if fight choreographer Corey Yuen had dropped his cell connection while phoning in his moves. Then again, maybe Yuen knew better than to attempt anything too ambitious since the filmmakers evince no faith in Li's ability to hold our attention. Even when he's going fist to fist against Dacascos in a ring of fire, drenched in water with helicopters smoking in the background, the filmmakers are frantically looking elsewhere. With so little trust and even less dialogue to back him up, it's no wonder Li rarely takes his left hand out of his pants pocket. His fists aren't furious; they're on strike.
Reviewer Manohla Dargis
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review But the shocker is Arnold. Although it is difficult to imagine, as the oddball character Archie, Arnold steals every scene. He's fast, funny and a little disturbing. If only the film could say the same.
Reviewer C.W. Nevius
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I can see that this movie fills a need. I have stopped feeling the need. The problem with action movies is how quickly state-of-the-art becomes off-the-shelf. We yearn for wit and intelligence, and a movie like Shanghai Knights looks sophisticated by comparison.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Li,Jet
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leah Rozen, People Magazine Jet Li's fight scenes are sensational.
Clay Smith, Access Hollywood DMX and Jet Li take action movies to a whole new level

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