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Cradle 2 The Grave
Review by Ross Anthony

The action is hard hitting, cool, well-captured and directed, the dialogue is Cradle 2 The Gravebelow average to poor (even inappropriately hokie at times), and a decent plot slowly disintegrates as it unravels.

Jet is cool. Cooler than this movie, fighting the first half of the film with one hand in his pocket. Batting the bad guys as if they were flies. Later, Bartkowiak puts him in a cage with a dozen or so nasty fighters intercutting this scene with a quad/dirt bike urban chase scene. The two sequences serve well to build up the tension and adrenaline. It's a very fun segment of the film. And there are definitely other moments of respectable action.

But the attempts to make DMX's character some sort of honorable decent criminal in a hokie band of thieves that put their fists together and chant "Faith" before the big game (err -- heist) feels far too comicbookie for this film.

Tom Arnold is hilarious, and Anthony Anderson garnishes himself some pretty good laughs as well. But that ending climax relieves itself of any logical sense there might have been left to salvage. A strong B, Weak B+. Flash in the pan.

  • Cradle 2 The Grave. Copyright © 2003. Rated R.
  • Starring Jet Li, DMX, AnthonyAnderson, Kelly Hu, Tom Arnold, Mark Dacascos, Garbrielle Union.
  • Directed by Andrzej Bartowiak.
  • Screenplay by John O'Brien and Channing Gibson.
  • Story by John O'Brien.
  • Produced by Joel Silver at WarnerBros.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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