Bulletproof Monk (2003) – Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott

8/10 – With strong performances by the two lead characters and an interesting storyline, this martial arts movie is infused with touches of humour as you’d expect from a Seann William Scott performance. Entertaining for the most part from start to end, just a bit short of depth in plot or breadth of strong cast – you may get a bit bored for a minute or two but that won’t last long as there’s enough action and entertainment here to keep you on your feet most of the way through.

The Rundown (2003) – Dwayne Johnson and Seann William Scott

Also known as ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, this movie stars Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Seann William Scott (from Bulletproof Monk and American Pie) and deserves a very high rating as it’s thoroughly entertaining from start to finish mainly thanks to great performances by the two lead characters who are well known for producing thoroughly entertaining action movies. The rundown also benefits from a mildly adventure-packed plot, and decent performances by the supporting cast – some of whom are just as famous as the lead actors. Christopher Walken is the bad guy; while the lead female role is played by Rosario Dawson who is perhaps best known for playing Claire (the nurse) in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. The Rundown is a real adventure and highly recommended for fans of Dwayne Johnson and fans of Seann William Scott who both produce some of their best work in this movie. As you’d expect, with Dwayne’s background in wrestling and combat-oriented movies, and Seann’s role in another awesome martial arts focused movie in the same year, this movie features plenty of fighting – mainly empty-handed but also plenty of action with guns. This movie doesn’t seem under-funded although it does have a fairly simplistic (but kind of sufficient) plot – with a more advanced plot this movie could potentially be on a par with the best movies ever made due to its already outstanding action-comedy entertainment value.

Martial arts wise, there’s a fair amount of martial value but that’s not strictly the focus of this movie. Action wise, it’s an action packed adventure, with a few slower scenes. Plot wise, it is a weak plot, which allows for a casual atmosphere, but could massively benefit from a strong plot. As with many star studded movies, the stars are carrying this one through a poor script and it would be a pointless movie if it only had average actors. Cast wise, here we have two megastars in one movie! Plus a strong chief antagonist and a decent lead female. It could still benefit from one more star in the cast, but is already doing very well in this department.