I'm giving this a two star purely on the strength of Aaliyah. She was gorgeous and did a good job for her very first film, I also did really enjoy her chemistry with Jet Li. Even though the writing was bad and the plot was a little confusing when they were on screen together the film felt okay. Over it was an okay film at best but the style and music during the film really helped it.
Great ensemble of non-white actors and an okay action movie ruined by stupid moments like when Jet Li wears a baseball cap on the dance floor believing himself to be cool and some lousy over-the-top CGI effects.
Good memories watching this as a kid. Jet Li was my favorite actor and Aaliyah was my celeb crush. Throw a good dose of kung fu action, a Romeo and Juliet plot, seasoned with a little DMX, and you have a recipe for kid me's favorite movie.