Movie Review: Bulletproof Monk (2003)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2003 movie starring Seann William Scott and Yun-Fat Chow.

Synopsis: While protecting an ancient scroll entrusted to him 60 years earlier, a Tibetan monk befriends a young pickpocket who, based on a prophecy handed down to him from his own master, may be his successor. Unfortunately, before he can figure that out for sure, he must first protect the scroll from a former Nazi soldier and his associates.


It took me a little longer to get started today than I was planning and, because of that, I ended up finding a movie to watch this morning. After some consideration, that wound up being this movie, which I hadn't seen in a very long time. 

Since it had been a while since I had seen this film, I couldn't remember much about it or even if I enjoyed it the first time I watched it. As it turns out, it was better than I thought it was going to be.

One thing, in particular, I found I liked with this movie was the good mix of action and comedy. While not quite as good as Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in the Rush Hour movies, Scott and Chow work really well together in this movie and play off each other just enough to keep the mood lightened even when the scenes are a little more serious.

Another thing I liked about this movie was the way it wasn't as predictable as action movies tend to be. There were just enough twists to keep me guessing about what would happen next and, because of that, was a lot more entertaining.

Ironically, the only thing I wasn't crazy about was the fight scenes. Some of the Matrix-like moves looked pretty fake to the point it was sometimes hard to take the movie too seriously. While I know that was meant to represent the mystical power given to both the scroll and the person in charge of protecting it, I think the movie could have toned it down a bit and still been fun to watch.

Final Opinion

The fight scenes in this film are kind of fake looking and, because of that, it does fall a bit short of making my favorite movies list. However, it is still a fun movie to watch and one I would recommend if you're looking for a movie for a rainy day.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 01/22/2017, StevenHelmer
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