A hard-ass truck driver by the name of Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), is passing through Chinatown and visits his local “buddies” to play a few games of cards. When he cleans out his friend Wang Chi for all his cash, he agrees to give Wang a lift to pick up his fiancee at the airport. Once Wangs fiancee arrives she is kidnapped by knife wielding men. After finding her location, Jack and Wang try to rescue her when a turf war begins accompanied by the awakening of supernatural forces, forcing them to flee and leave Jack’s truck behind. With word of Jack’s truck and Wangs fiancee being held captive by a dark mystical Chinese sorcerer and his minions, they begin a dangerous quest to recover them.
Just leave your brain at the door and prepare yourself for a dark magic film with non-stop PG-13 dumb action. If you are unable to look past a script so bad that the characters actually have to narrate you through the ludicrous plot-points, then don’t even bother. Please keep in mind that this film was made for teenagers, which is apparent throughout. From the decision making, immature relationship mindset, and contrived Chinese myths that you never learned in history class you can clearly see the target audience.
Nevertheless this film had so many surprises it was hard not to get sucked into the adventure. If you’re into oriental stereotyping, Kurt Russell playing himself, a two-millennium old decrepit man, random mythical beasts pop outs, unexplained sorcery, exploding heads, or constant Kung-fu that defies the laws of physics this is the film for you.