Bulletproof Monk (2003) - Action, Comedy, Fantasy

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Based on the very underground comic book, a Tibetan monk becomes a mentor to a young street kid who he can teach to protect a scroll.

IMDB: 5.5
Director: Paul Hunter
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Seann William Scott
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 55 out of 188 found boring (29.25%)

One-line Reviews (153)

With crappy (for lack of a better word) acting, a childish story that teeters between unoriginality and boredom, and finally cheap special effects that continually prove that this director would have been better off staying with music videos instead of dabbling in the motion picture industry.

""Bulletproof Monk" could compete with "Beowulf" for worst movie of the new century.

There isn't much humor in the movie, the action scenes are somewhat cliched, the villains aren't that menacing, and the plot is a bit ponderous.

The Hidden Dragon special effects are abit distracting and out of sync with the rest of the movie, but overall, the martial arts action is compelling, the storyline decent, and the few twists that fit well into the movie.

This isn't just silly action, but also lack of any comedy or engaging wit that makes similar pictures somewhat tolerable.

It is a standard run-of-the-mill action movie which is predictable and contrived.

The plot is OK, but it just barely keeps your attention, and every attempt it does at doing anything else come off as pretentious.

I think the beautiful and breathtaking fighting sequences we saw in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon should hardly ever be mimicked, especially by a movie like this.

Enjoyable easy viewing .

Every moment in the film was predictable and this was frustrating.

This would be acceptable if the film was entertaining, but it's a boring piece of trash.

"Bulletproof Monk" is a dull, unoriginal and cliché-ridden film which reveals a depressing lack of imagination on the part of the film-makers.

An entertaining film with action and downplay of two generations.

Trite stock-Nazi-officer routine aside, he bore a sense of humor and intensity with shades of Gary Oldman and, unlike for the other actors, my dislike of him was not ironic.

Impressive performance Victoria, you elevate an ordinary formula movie-your scenes alone make it worth watching.

I really shouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did .

Chow-Yun Fat has always been an interesting actor to watch, but his somewhat bored experiment of enlightenment proved to be fruitless.

Very fast paced with a perfect mix of action and comedy.

Jamie King's purpose to the film is confusing.

-The fight scenes were so obviously performed with the aid of wires that suspension of disbelief was made completely impossible; -The fight scenes were also so ridiculously quickly edited, that you never actually see a character perform any punch, kick or grab in its entirety: this makes them even more pointless; -Massive plot hole no.

totally awful and mind numbingly boring.

How could kung-fu fighting seem so disjointed and confusing?


While abit thin with the comedy in the second half, Bulletproof Monk provides plenty of entertaining fun humor at the beginning and then throws in a few tidbits later on with good dramatic/comedy balance.

Dumb, but Entertaining .

Despite that, the film is actually fun and entertaining.

Problem is, it's just tiresome like a whole swath of mediocre action movies out there.

Then theres a scene with a helicopter that Chow jumped out of and a wire catches around Kar's leg and he gets dragged across the roof.

The trailer made it look like a Matrix rip-off, but as long as it is entertaining then who cares?

Well, this movie has some good fight scenes and some good laughs, but it also has multiple boring interludes where the poor thing just plods along.

Smugness aside, he's practically the only thing worth watching in this movie.

I certainly had my doubts, but Bulletproof Monk is actually a pretty entertaining picture -- it's better than the much-ballyhooed Rush Hour movies, at least.

Bulletproof Monk is a great movie, if you don't mind a lousy script, a disjointed story line, poor acting, and bad directing.

however, i must admit that this movie is entertaining.

All I wanted to do was to be entertained for a couple hours because I was having a really boring day.

This is the failed attempt to launch Seann William Scott as an action hero, and the only thing worth watching is Jaime King.

Both Scott and Chow are funny (especially Chow), the wire-fu is entertaining, Jaime King is hot, and the whole movie works.

It is worth watching if you can scab a free ticket, cause you won't feel so insulted about having to watch it.

As far as i was aware there was no plot at all worth mentioning.

A must-see for anybody who likes to make fun of cornball, cliche'd action films.

With a rather unpleasant team of men after the scroll hoping to use it to re-shape the world in there own image, our characters are on the run fighting there way through fun to watch situations and more than entertaining fight scenes.

That said, I still enjoyed it enough to give it 6 out of 10 stars.

Save your money on this one.

Then the movie goes on and on, and it is so predictable, that it is embarrassing to sit and watch, the makers could have tried just a little bit harder, to create some kind of element of surprise in the movie, but not even that they have managed, and therefor it is just one long boring piece of a sorry movie, which it is not worth wasting your money on.

Paul Hunter does a great job here, with some excellent camera work, some really neat angles, great slow mo shots, and some other cool ones as well, plus he kept the film at a very fast pace!.

Overall the movie is pretty good if you like martial arts action movies, good character development, nice action sequences and fast paced movie.

Whilst the scenes in BPM are not as polished or well done as those in the Matrix, they are entertaining enough and the choreography and use of props showed much more promise and imagination than those in the Wachowski Bros.

A quite conventional story made into a somewhat entertaining, but uneventful movie.

That's pretty much it really, the two characters obviously poles apart, but coming together as one in a series of action scenes that are both laughable and enjoyable because of the former.

It's perhaps one of the worst movies with big name stars I've ever layed my hands on.

Finally I left the cinema unbelievingly shaking my head, after 40 unbearable minutes.

It's entertaining and in some places rather funny.

As a semi-brainless action film with some good special effects it was entertaining.

Absolutely funny and entertaining to watch .

Whoever is a protector of the scroll is given the power of immortality so all the villains want it, this movie is a fun entertaining fantasy Thriller, there's nothing too violent or bad, there's some Awesome action scenes & yes because it's an early 2000's film it has that slow-motion "Bullet Time" copied from "The Matrix" that almost every action film tried to pull off.

Indeed in the role of Seann William Scott, a true martial artist should've been cast so that he wouldn't look so ridiculous in the action sequences and because of the lame action sequences and the poorly told story, Bulletproof Monk comes off as one of CYF's worst movies.

My first though when I saw this was that it was the type of movie Jackie Chan would make; sidekick that provides comic relief, hero with great martial arts capabilities and an equally strong enemy, corny, at times crude, humor, etc. Then again, I haven't really seen any other movies with Chow Yun-Fat, so I have no idea how his movies usually are; but I think that given that this movie has so many similarities to a typical Chan movie, it should have been at least a little better; Chan's movies always seem to have good comedy, entertaining martial arts fights, and a story that allows for plenty of both, without keeping the audiences attention at the plot for any minute over the complete run time of the film.

What I actually got was a somewhat interesting plot-line, decent action, though the sequences are incomparable to that which Jackie Chan produces/directs, and some fun humor that makes for an enjoyable movie.

It was fun, exciting, and funny.

That, and the ludicrous torture machine are the lighter negative aspects in an otherwise entertaining movie, and even they somehow just add to the fun.

No plot.

There are parts that are just abit goofy but I've watched this film several times now and it's still enjoyable.

The bottom line is this is an enjoyable movie, and well worth the ticket price.

This film followed this in such a cliché way that it looked as though no effort was made into directing let alone the idea of the film.

A waste of time even were it free.

If you go into the film expecting little from it you will enjoy the ride and may find it quite entertaining due to it being THAT bad.

Good movie -- in a word, enjoyable.

All in all, a fun enjoyable movie with entertaining and engaging characters that are all likeable.

Funny and fast-moving .

It especially looks bad since some of it is far more aggressive and intense, which just makes the ballet-like fighting seem even more ridiculous.

Directing is mostly watchable, but the martial arts fights tend to get a bit too hectic and hard to follow.

uninspired and uninspiring .

It is mystic, witty, fun, and action packed!

All the stupid plot changes and unexpected twists (which didnt fit a bit) made me even more restless.

Cliché-ridden junk...

The only positive aspect of this film was the action scenes and the female lead (Jaime King)Pros Decent Action flick, female leadCons predictable, poorly acted, unoriginal, overally boring

He meets up with Kar (a bored Sean William Scott) and Jade, a bad girl, and they involve themselves in 104 minutes of utterly incomprehensible trash.

The movie is slow, the dialogue sounds like it was put through a paper shredder, and director Paul Hunter even makes a cat-fight boring!

Fun and entertaining.

but hey, if you can look past that kind of stuff, it's a funny and fairly entertaining hour and half.

Nazi's & cliche's abound, save your money for next weeks movies.

It's very similar to THE MEDALLION, with Jackie Chan, which came out in the same year, and I enjoyed it equally as much as that movie.

It has to be contender for worst movie of the year.

Jamie King, as the token female, is quite good, but her character is confusing and her motives unclear.

It was boring throughout.

A couple of the action sequences are okay, but most of it collapses in a mess of unconvincing martial arts, awful blue-screens, and confusing editing.

Waste of time...

Save your money.

It's a plodding change from nobody to somebody though for the character, and it comes across as quite credible.

I kept imagining him as "The Joker" playing the role of Kar, giving slow twisted lines.

With `Bulletproof Monk,' the reaction was interesting-the film looked silly, maybe entertaining, and then the title hit the screen.

The wire work had not yet reached its saturation point, at least in American Theatres, and is fun, but the hand to hand styling that is Photographed here has and is Ho-Hum.

Lifeless, and often times plotless, this film encompassed so many bad cliches and editing techniques, one has to wonder whether this is some elaborate student film or a home movie.

It means if you're over the age of twelve, you'll probably find yourself bored by the film.

Highly entertaining movie.

Does anyone know just how much was chopped out of it..? It was monkishly hole-y.. Did they lose a few weeks of the shoot..? Did someone lose a few hundred feet of film..? Or did the writer have a stroke.?It was enjoyable silly dumbass nonsense...

pretty enjoyable ....

I'm not going to even go into detail how awesomely bad this film is, I'm just gonna point out the many things that it fails at: Character development, incoherent plot, no thought or ideas put into it's completely vague and banal script, very poor and uninspiring marital art choreography, horrendous acting, and pretty much everything else that makes films of this type.

So all in all, it is a very enjoyable movie if you let be by not comparing it to far superior movies.

It is relentlessly formulaic (and for Indiana Jones fans: there ARE Nazis here too!

I found it enjoyable to watch as did most of the others in the same theater.

It is wickedly bad, and very predictable.

Sean Patrick Harris didn't add much comic relief (as I expected based on his other roles), and the storyline/characters were just way too cliché.


The plot is just one standard action-movie cliché after another.

This is safely one of the worst movies i've ever seen do as well as it did in the box office.

' Having discussed the film with a trusted comic fan, he brought to my attention what I failed to see-that the film chose to be simple and covered the conventional ground that is to be expected from this kind of picture, when it had the opportunity to do something creative and intriguing as Tim Burton did with the first two `Batman' movies.

Granted, it is one dimensional, trite, and over-the-top.

So, based on the already available knowledge that exists concerning the inherent power of words and speech in any language I choose to recommend the BULLETPROOF MONK as very entertaining, decent, and, good for the whole family.

People have blasted the plot as being silly and contrived.

Chow Yun Fat is great however and is engaging and fun as the lead here as a monk from Tibet that contains the ultimate power and must protect it from Nazi's that want to utilize the scroll for their own means.

It's just entertaining and fun.

I fell asleep about halfway through the thing, and was awakened by the theater cleaner after everyone else had left.

The story line is awful, and slow in the build-up to what the movie is really about, the monks search for a person who is fit to succeed him in the live long quest to protect an ancient scroll which contains great powers for the person, who get his hands on it, and read the content of the scroll.

But I enjoyed it very much and I think whole families could see this.

While this film does almost near the line of being too much, it's B-movie style is broken with a rather entertaining swing of the occasional comic relief which succeeds in reminding us all that it's all just good fun and that we shouldn't take it all to seriously.

He plays a Tibetan monk who gives up his name to become the protector of some 'sacred scroll' thingy that can save or destroy the world etc. etc.What with sneering nazi villains pretending to be Gary Oldman, 'streetwise' thieves with hearts of gold that learn their kung-fu from watching movies, cheesy dialogue, amateurish direction and drab setpieces, both credulity and patience are stretched to breaking point.

The actors are really speaking English, and most of it is derivative or cliche.

With all it's action and predictability, cheap acting but yet decent entertaining story, `Bulletproof Monk' is simply a nice little movie for the fans of the Martial arts page and worth a peek for those daring enough to watch, enjoy and forget.

Predictable, disappointment .

I thought "Oh, the guy who played Stifler in American pie, this should be funny" but no, he was too boring and Chow Yun-Fat got more laughs than him.

Mildly entertaining hodge-podge of martial arts and commercialized Buddhism .

It's fast paced sans frills and you just have to overlook sensibilities, which is easy to do because there aren't any.

with the promise of an international career and big pay checks only to wind up playing second fiddle to Stifler in a trite adventure dependent on sub-par CGI and lousy wire-work.

Moreover, they weren´t a very entertaining duo, except in one scene where Scott is trying to master climbing a window.

The storyline not complicated and is easy to follow, allowing you to just sit back and enjoy this film for it's good points, it's quirky comedy and the entertaining fight sequences.

The chemistry between the two very different actors made the film an enjoyable 100 odd minutes.

The film has a predictable juvenile plot with simple dialogue, plain acting, and silly CG fighting.

Cliché .

The Matrix has the right idea: Slow the film, angle the camera in a creative way.

Since most of the characters are new to martial arts the fights are a little slow but entertaining and lighthearted none the less.

I find this hilarious seeing as how most of the people that are doing the blasting are big fans of the Matrix, a plotline about as silly and contrived as they get.

Scott is usually likable as the cocky guy, and Yun Fat is just as likable as he was in Crouching Tiger, it is just a shame that the similar fight sequences and special effects look very cheap, the story suffers from being too boring, well, the whole film suffers from this.

So if you like the combination, this movie will be quite enjoyable.

The film is smattered with scenes that are at once confusing and entirely unneeded for the plot of the film.

Just going through all the fuss to search for a scroll is utterly pointless and doesn't have that magnetic appeal as the Holy Grail or the Crystal Skull.

The movie was no epic, but it was fun and was an enjoyable Kung-Fu movie.

This is a dumb but very entertaining movie.

After half the movie was over the remainder of the story was predictable.


A dull, unoriginal and cliché-ridden film which reveals a depressing lack of imagination .

Even the most preposterous ones (Sahara, The Transporter) can be enormously entertaining.

The movie is cliché laden and no innovated special effects.

I enjoyed it a great deal.

Not bad, very entertaining movie.

Nazis have been a popular choice for villains ever since the war but they have been a cliché for much of that time and here it feels as though somebody watched 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and decided they wanted those villains!

Save your money, or better, watch the incredible "Crouching tiger, hidden dragon" instead.

Pretty ho-hum, eh?

I was yawning all the way through.

I have just witnessed quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen in my life.

However, Bulletproof Monk, though entertaining at times, never really grabbed me.

Just don't waste your time.

The film is ugly to look at, filled with drab, muted color schemes and dreary production design.