The Karate Kid 2010

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Dre and his mother relocate to China for her job. Struggling to fit in Dre falls for classmate Mei Ying but this causes problems with bully Cheng. To defend himself, Dre turns to maintenance man Mr Han who is a kung fu master. Dre soon realises that facing his bullies will be the fight of his life.

Starring:
Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan
Runtime:
2 hours 14 minutes

The Karate Kid

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Genres Drama, Children & Family, Action & Adventure
Director Harald Zwart
Starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan
Supporting actors Taraji P. Henson, Tess Liu
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hawky on 22 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
My 7 year old loved the fight sequences.....but I think for his age group they were brutal. I am glad I watched it with my son to tell him it takes years of practice to get the moves/balance/flexibility...plus to tell him the 'healing' technique Jackie Chan carried out should not be attempted...ever! Just wanted to warn other parents who thought the film was merely harmless fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
While this remake isn't all bad it lacks the impact that the original has. They've done a good job of trying to reinvent it, by taking it out of the US to China, but in key area's it just isn't as strong as the original.

For starters, "Jacket on, Jacket off" just doesn't have the same ring to it as "wax on, wax off". It's not nearly as snappy and just doesn't work for me. "Wax on, Wax off" is iconic and the writers have really struggled here to find something to replace it with... and in the end I think they failed.

This happened too with the whole crane kick thing - which they tried to replace with some sort of snake charming nonsense. I get the whole Chi thing, but when it came to the final fight, the the whole "Snake eyes" thing didn't work. It wasn't the final, fight ending move, and so lacked the impact on the viewer that the "indefensible" Crane Kick had.

Also, the bad guys just aren't as menacing as the Cobra Kai of in the original classic. In the original film you felt that the gang who had it in for Daniel Larousso were a pretty mean and fearsome bunch - in this they don't seem that bad at all. They're just a bunch of kids and the bullying wasn't that bad at all.

I didn't mind Jayden Smith as much as I thought I would, and in fact - credit where credit's due - I actually think he did a good job. Overall, it was an OK watch, your kids will love it - but apart from the stunning Chinese scenery and settings the original is better in every way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens on 30 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Remakes are now a well-established staple of the Hollywood output and as you would expect the quality of these films differ wildly. So it was a joy to watch a film like Karate Kid to see how a remake should be handled.

It rejuvenated and modernised the story whilst staying true to the essence of the original. Jaden Smith plays Dre, who is moved to China with his Mother due to a job relocation. At first he doesn't fit in. He runs into trouble pretty quickly and then continues to be bullied at school. That is until he meets Mr Han who can teach him Kung Fu.

Okay so yes the film is clichéd and yes it trots out all the familiar tropes you would expect. However this is just pure entertainment. When a film is enjoyable and well made it doesn't matter if it sticks rigidly to formula.

Jaden Smith is a joy to watch. He embodies his character very well and really gets stuck in to the story. His relationship with Jackie Chan's Mr Han is very well portrayed and they really do feel like friends. The martial arts on display is great fun in a kiddie friendly sort of way and the tournament at the end displays some proper feel good cheesy moments.

There are some faults with the film. Some moments are just a little too cheesy and clichéd. The moment when Dre finds out about Han's past and family feels a little shoe horned in to give Dre some credible motivation for his training. There could have been a few more fight scenes to break up the family saga and training montages but overall this is a really enjoyable film.

A remake that should definitely be given a chance. Great family fun.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ok, I'm going to have to admit it, I loved this movie. I approached this with no small degree of trepidation, since the original had a special place in my memory from my younger days, and I had the horrible feeling that a remake would just be more of the same but without Pat Morita and with a predictable dose of sweetener in it. But I was wrong - the story has been sufficiently given a new dimension by setting it in China, meaning the theme of the outsider being shunned is all the more relevant. Also Kung Fu is somehow a more appropriate martial art than Karate. The biggest and best surprise is in the casting - Jaden Smith is more than ever a mini-Will Smith with all the charisma that implies, but it is Jackie Chan that is quite a revelation, genuinely acting and emoting in a believable way, without his usual tongue in cheek approach. The end result is a genuine and quite affecting story with believable characters, which nods to the original in a satisfying way, without ever treading the same ground too obviously - no `wax on, wax off' here, but a novel alternative instead. It's a little grittier than the original, in a way that helps sell the danger in a more believable way, but leavens it with just enough heart to keep it in PG realm.
Yes it is not going to hold any big surprises for you, but if you're half human you're going to find it at least a little heart warming, and if it suffers a little from being somewhat of a Tourism Board approved advert for China at times, well it's beautiful enough scenery to forgive. It's arguably better than the original in many ways, better written, better fight choreography and some better ideas - but I wonder if even with all that going for it, it struggles to match the teacher - pupil chemistry of the original . Having said that, this is a real treat, far exceeded my expectations - recommended.
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