Picks and Pans Review: Bulletproof Monk
The single most intriguing aspect of this perfunctory martial-arts thriller is the naming of its two main characters: One is dubbed Monk With No Name (Chow), and the other is Kar (Scott), whose odd moniker and spelling are barely explained. Not that anything in Bulletproof Monk merits close examination or curiosity.
Monk is a Tibetan holy man who, blessed with immortality, has been guarding a sacred scroll for 60 years. Figuring he's past due for retirement, he teams up with the reluctant Kar, a pickpocket, to protect the scroll from evil forces. This requires high-kicking fights galore, chases, some gunfire and Kar's flirting with a mysterious beauty (model Jaime King). Chow, an actor of subtlety and charm, is left high and dry here, while smirking Scott (Dude, Where's My Car?) continues to register as the poor man's Owen Wilson. (PG-13)
BOTTOM LINE: Don't waste your ammo