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Cradle 2 the Grave

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

A mess. Don't try to make it make sense.

Movie PG-13 2003 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Jet Li And Dmx make a great duo in this fun heist flick

there's really not much to say about this nonstop action thrill ride other than if you're a jet Li fan, you'll have a great time, and if you're a DMX fan, you'll STILL have a great time :), the soundtrack is awesome too and always put to great use such as when X Gon Give It To Ya is playing during the two highlights which are the cage fight and the ATV chase scene with the cops
age 15+

Great Movie, But Violent!!!

Pretty Violent, Bloody Gunshots and fights, and LOADS of swears throughout! 15 and Up! (P.S. The Song At The beginning has about 40 Swears!!!)

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This slapdash mess of an explosion movie wastes the talents of its cast and can't even slow down to let us enjoy the fight scenes. I don't care if the plot doesn't make sense to me, but I like to have it make sense to the people who are in the movie. No such luck. DMX showed some charisma and promise in Exit Wounds, the last film by this director, but he does not have enough to do here in CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE. His character -- high-tech superstar thief who preys on bad guys by day/loving daddy who prays with his adorable and spunky daughter by night -- just does not work. The delicious Gabrielle Union (Deliver us from Eva) is wasted as kick-boxing arm candy who is even forced to do a strip tease to provide a distraction while her boyfriend is tossing the room next store. Jet Li looks like he'd rather be someplace else. Tom Arnold and Anthony Andersen provide some flashes of humor.

The plot is not just murky, which is forgiveable; it is manipulative, which is not. It is shameless to have the little girl kidnapped by the bad guys to make us see how truly evil they are and make us feel some commitment to the outcome. It is even more shameless to have the black diamonds turn out to be a power source for super-destructive weapons. But what is really unforgiveable here is the waste of the movie's primary asset, Jet Li's ability to fight, by filming the scenes so poorly that we don't really get a good look at what he can do.

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