Maximum Risk

Year: 1995
Director: Corey Yuen
Cast: Jet Li
Some people are huge fans of these ultra-violent Hong Kong action films. I tend to think if you've seen one, you've seen them all. There's always a staunchly white knight hero, a slimy evil villain, a hospital, hotel or convention centre full of innocent people, and plenty of rampant bloodshed and over the top thrills and spills.

This time, Jet Li (only just coming to international prominence thanks to Lethal Weapon 4) is the secret minder and stand in for a goofball movie star. A beautiful reporter, a nice guy cop and a gang of heavily armed and scary thugs are locked in a luxury hotel, and Jet has to swarm in with guns and fists blazing, kill everybody and everything and win the chick at the end.

There's as much comedy in the Pokemon toy-factory pidgin English subtitles as the requisite comic dufus. They get bigger and slicker, but they don't get any more original or offer anything terribly new.

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