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October 08, 2007

Finishing The Game


As if the fame and phenomena of Bruce Lee hadn’t already been picked over to the point of obscene greed, writer/director Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow") takes a low-concept swipe at the milieu surrounding the completion of Lee’s last film "Game of Death." Intended as a mockumentary, "Finishing the Game" follows the casting process for a Bruce Lee stand-in capable of sustaining some level of believability, if not similarity, to the kung-fu master. Asian martial arts C-movie star Breeze Loo (Roger Fan) seems like a shoe-in against ‘70s television actor Troy Poon (Dustin Nguyen), and a host of kooky Bruce Lee wannabes. Lin creates an atmosphere of ‘70s-era satire without ever bothering to map out a cogent storyline. So anemic that it creaks, the film’s attempts at slapstick comedy evaporate before your eyes can focus on the screen. Besmirching Bruce Lee’s name like this should be a punishable offense.

Not Rated, 88 mins. (D) (One Star)


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