Kristin Kreuk (of Smallville fame) plays Chun-Li from the insanely popular arcade game “Street Fighter”. Here in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, we get to see this girl’s tragic past and her journey of fighting crime on the streets. Don’t expect any mind-blowing martial arts being displayed here, the fighting is mediocre at best.
Kristin Kreuk’s acting is serviceable and the best you can do with such a poorly written character. Chris Klein plays a cop who is investigating the crimes of some underground gang that you wouldn’t care about anyway. His partner is played by Moon Bloodgood, and the two of them get involved in a gunfight that doesn’t belong in this film. With a title like Street Fighter, I was expecting more of actual fist fighting and not gun shooting.
This film has Neal McDonough and Michael Clarke Duncan as the villains, which I thought were decent performances considering how bad the script already is. The most disappointing character I think most fans can agree on is Vega, portrayed by Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas (of all people). Words can’t describe how terrible and phoned-in this character is.
The Legend of Chun-Li tries to be as realistic and gritty as possible by having scenes that were ripped out of Batman Begins. However, the story is too dull for anyone to get interested, and the laughable dialogue is not helping. That said, there is still some effort to make Chun-Li a well-developed character, no matter how bad it turned out to be. So if you wish to see Kristin Kreuk beat some people up, I won’t stop you.
Wait a minute… Kristen Kreuk actually wears the Chun-Li costume in one scene!
Well, something that looks like the costume.