Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) – Movie Review

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a computer-animated action comedy film and the sequel to 2008′s Kung Fu Panda.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Po and Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda 2"
Po and Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda 2"

The Valley of Peace remains peaceful with the protection of Po (Jack Black), the Dragon Warrior and fellow masters of the Furious Five. Despite that, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) informs Po that he has yet to achieve his inner peace. Meanwhile, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), a peacock who was exiled from Gongmen City plots to control the whole of China using powerful cannons as weapon. Wolf bandits attack the Valley of Peace in order to steal refined metal for Lord Shen’s evil plot. Po and the Furious Five manage to fend off the wolves but they escape with the precious metal.

Lord Shen then invades Gongmen City and kills Master Thundering Rhino (Victor Garber) with his new powerful cannon and takes control over Gongmen City. When Shen hears from the court’s goat soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) once again says that “a warrior of black and white” would one day defeat him, he seeks out to destroy Po. Po almost dies when Shen blasts Po out of the factory and captures the Five. Po survives and is rescued by Shen’s soothsayer in a ruined village where Po was born. When Po learns about his past, he attains inner peace and manages to destroy Shen and his armada and rescues his friends.

Like the first Kung Fu Panda film, Kung Fu Panda 2 is emotionally touching, yet hilarious and entertaining. Jack Black has managed to embrace and bring out the character in Po with exceptional voice acting while the rest of the cast did just as good.

Overall, Kung Fu Panda 2 is simply full of awesomeness.

  • 8 out of 10
  • Plenty of awesomeness. Don’t miss it!
  • No

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Trailer

Kung Fu Panda 2 is an action comedy animated film and the sequel to the Kung Fu Panda. In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po and the Furious Five venture to China to battle a villain and uncover the secrets of Po’s mysterious origins. Directed by Jennifer Yuh, Kung Fu Panda 2 stars the voice of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, James Hong, James Woods. The film opens on May 26, 2011.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Teaser Trailer

Kung Fu Panda 2 is an action comedy animated film about Po and the Furious Five who venture to China to battle a villain and uncover the secrets of Po’s mysterious origins. Directed by Jennifer Yuh, Kung Fu Panda 2 stars the voice of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, James Hong, James Woods. The film opens on May 26, 2011.

Babylon A.D. (2008) – Movie Review

Babylon A.D. is a futuristic movie based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Georges Dantec, starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and Mélanie Thierry.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and Melanie Thierry in "Babylon A.D."
Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and Melanie Thierry in "Babylon A.D."

The movie begins with the voice of Vin Diesel telling the stories of his life. He mentioned that everyday we see signs of saving the planet but from who? From ourselves? Then he said “I’m tired, tired of it all.”

Toorop (Vin Diesel) is a retired war soldier and lives a war torn life in Eastern Europe. He is having breakfast when a SWAT team busts in to bring him to Gorsky (Gerard Depardieu). Gorsky wants Toorop to take the job of escorting a woman named Aurora (Mélanie Thierry) from Eastern Europe to New York. Toorop demands half a million and Gorsky agrees.

Toorop then goes inside a car which is carried by a helicopter to a Mongolia convent where Sister Rebecca (Michelle Yeoh) is waiting for him. She tells Toorop that wherever Aurora goes, she will goes with her.

So, the journey begins and the three set off to a train station in Kazakhstan where a bomb detonates but Aurora has predicted it and they survive.

Then, they stop at Vladivostok nightclub as Toorop plans to meet his friend, Finn (Mark Strong) there who can provide transport to the United States. Some unidentified men show up and offers Toorop a million dollar, tax free. Somehow, Toorop prefers half a million dollar better and fights them off and tries to escape with Sister Rebecca and Aurora but he ends up in a cage which is staging Ultimate Fighting Championship-style death matches as Aurora is protected by the fighter. Toorop has no choice but to survive by killing him off.

The men who tries to kidnap Aurora claim they are sent by Aurora’s father, which Sister Rebecca and Aurora have thought he has been long dead, which makes Toorop even more confused. Somewhat, he still stays with the girls and they have to fight their way into a submarine before arriving in North America.

In North America, snowmobiles await them and they travel at a high speed but is tracked down and chased by fighter jets. Toorop distracts the jets and even escapes at least two guided missiles before plunging his snowmobile into one of the jets causing both to explode. Miraculously, Toorop survives.

When they finally reach New York — in which the futuristic New York is pictured with more skyscrapers and tonnes of electronic billboards, Toorop prepares to hand in Aurora to Gorsky’s men whom in turn will hand her in to Neolite Priestess (Charlotte Rampling). However, a television channel reports news of the Mongolian convent being bombed has changed Toorop’s mind. Instead of handling her to either one of the gangs, he opens fire and once again they run. Only now, Toorop learns that Aurora is the host to an organism that has the potential to become the next Messiah and everybody wants to get their hands on it. But it’s too late as Aurora fires a shot at him to prevent him being killed by a guided missile.

Toorop is later resurrected by Aurora’s creator, Darquandier. Toorop is seen with artificial leg and his right arm is fitted with metals. Although, Toorop manages to find Aurora in the end, it is unknown how Aurora dies as she gives birth to twin girls of whom Aurora hands them to Toorop’s care.

Overall, it is a movie with a good storyline. However, Vin Diesel seems like a very tired mercenary whom at first willing to transport Aurora to New York for half a million dollar but refuses a million dollar, tax-free?

Unlike what Toorop said earlier in the movie, “I learned something that day: you can’t always walk away. Too bad it was the day I died”, you can still walk away from this movie.

My ratings: 5 out of 10.

Babylon A.D. (2008) Trailer

Babylon A.D. is a science fiction film based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Georges Dantec. The film is being directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh.