Big Trouble in Little China
2 disc set

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall & Dennis Dun
20th Century Fox
RRP: £22.99
Certificate: 15
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Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a tough talking, wisecracking truck driver whose humdrum life on the road takes a sudden supernatural tailspin when his best friend's fiancée is kidnapped. Speeding to the rescue, Jack finds himself deep beneath San Francisco's Chinatown. It's a murky, creature-filled world ruled by Lo Pan, a 200-year-old magician who mercilessly presides over an empire of sprits...

Has John Carpenter ever mad a bad movie? Probably not, although his output has been a little erratic, and none more so that here. Big Trouble in Little China offers both the best and worst out his work, neatly package in one film.

The best parts are obviously the black humour - a hero that's a failure with a super sidekick - the music and the action sequences. Kurt Russell asserts himself well and there's plenty to be said for the supporting cast. But the plot. oh boy!

Oriental demons, strange girls with green eyes, the lust for humanity and power. all have the potential to combine into a comedy action romp. Unfortunately, a lack of internal logic means that the sum of the film's excellent parts doesn't quite add up to the winner Big Trouble could have been. It's hard to say where the blame lies but somehow the movies fails to gel.

But that's not to say that Big Trouble in Little China isn't a fun 'after the pub' movie. Just don't expect classic Carpenter and you won't be disappointed.

Anthony Clark


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