Judge David Johnson has bunions of fury.
Two cops. One killer. No limits.
Oh man do I feel like a chump. I saw this disc on our request list, did a quick search, saw it starred Jet Li (Hero) and appeared to be about two cops fighting a super villain and pounced.
It was about three minutes in when I realized I'd made a huge mistake. There's a scene with a skinny man dancing with a large woman and she runs and jumps at him, and he freezes with a goofy grin and she lands on him and "Ha ha ha there's a big lady sitting on a goofy little guy who's stuck in the floor!" It all goes downhill from there. Badges of Fury is technically a comedy-action film, but even the action is polluted by the moronic brand of comedy this film practices.
Here's the set-up: old-ass Jet Li plays an old old-ass cop who operates by the book and within the rules of the law and blah blah blah. His partner (Wen Zhang) is the young hotshot who also happens to be grade-A doofus. Our first introduction to him: he's dressed up as a Scottish cross-dresser doing undercover work. Of course he is.
Our heroes are tasked with tracking down a mysterious murderer; men are turning up dead with goofy grins etched on their faces, not unlike what The Joker was doing in Tim Burton's Batman. Their investigation reveals a common thread: the victims had all been linked to a starlet. So the idiot cop goes undercover to find out what's up and Jet Li grimaces a lot.
Much slapstick ensues and none of it is funny. I don't care if there's a geographic and/or cultural divide: cringing is cringing, no matter what language you speak. There is nothing subtle going on here; big facial expressions, pratfalls, prancing, dancing, more big facial expressions and perhaps a slide whistle or two. Maybe not on that last one, but it that's a missed opportunity by the filmmakers if they didn't include any.
The action fares no better. This is pure wire-fu tomfoolery. One time God-man Jet Li is reduced to wire and CGI manipulation to get his butt-kicking on. The finale finds him facing off with the Big Bad in a ludicrous bout that concludes with the most ludicrous super-move put to film.
Well Go USA's Badges of Fury (Blu-ray) isn't bad, though, fronting a clean 1.78:1, 1080p transfer and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track. Extras: a making-of documentary and some behind-the-scenes footage.
In sum: Stay away from this phlegm.
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