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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

This may be the most generic trailer I’ve ever seen. What’s the story? Who are the people living the story? What’s the movie actually about? Can it really be actually about anonymous people engaging in hand-to-hand combat, with the occasional instance of stuff blowing up?

Of course that’s what it can actually be about. Because this is based on video game. So perhaps it’s not an accident that the voiceover in the trailer keeps talking about “you”: what “you” do, what “you” think, what “you” feel. Because “you” are always the star of a video game. But you’d think that filmmakers have learned by now that “you” doesn’t work as the star of a movie. Apparently, this is a lesson yet to sink in.

One thing to say in favor of this trailer (and will probably be true of the movie too): It makes you appreciate the relative artistry and integrity of the oeuvres of the likes of McG and Brett Ratner.

I’m shocked, shocked that it looks like this will open next week without benefit of press screenings.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li opens in the U.S. on February 27; no U.K. release date has been announced yet.

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