A monk and a pickpocket become unlikely allies in this action adventure story. Sixty years ago, a nameless monk (Chow Yun-Fat) was appointed the guardian of a mysterious scroll that grants remarkable powers to those who possess it. After six decades of traveling the world to protect the scroll, the monk must find someone new to assume the responsibility, but as fate would have it, the new caretaker turns out to be Kar (Seann William Scott), a scruffy and distinctly non-enlightened petty thief living in San Francisco. As the monk attempts to educate Kar in the powers and responsibilities of the scroll and the ways of a monk's life, they discover they have a rival for the possession of the valuable scroll. As Kar and the monk fend off their mysterious adversary, they are aided by Bad Girl (Jaime King), a beautiful Russian mob affiliate with amazing martial arts skills and a vested interest in keeping the scroll in virtuous hands. Bulletproof Monk was based a comic book series published in 1999; Chow Yun-Fat's frequent collaborators John Woo and Terence Chang produced. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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I'm not sure why many don't like. Perhaps they were expecting something serious? This was a fun movie. I liked the action, the comedy, and the feel good ending. If you rent this expecting just fun -( who cares about plot holes when you just want fun) you will enjoy it!
From the reviews, I thought my eyes would rot from my head if I watched this. But it's not horrible. Of course, it's not good, either. There are many plotholes I had fun looking for and while the plot isn't 100% coherant, I still sat through it and lived to write this review in one piece. You're probably best off watching this if it shows up on the SciFi channel or rent it if the rental is free (or you're looking for badly praised movies for the fun of it). I have to admit, I've seen worse... Much much worse.
This movie has little substance to hold it. The last fight scene takes almost as long as the movie does to get to it. With little in the way of there 'monk' moves you won't need to see it. The case itself shows the best move from the movie, it goes down hill from there.