My rambling can only mean one thing. It's time for Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves. The topic, if you haven't guessed is clones and doppelgängers. Typically, this is a subject explored in science fiction and/or horror. But hey, I'm a martial arts kinda guy in a martial arts kinda mood. When I get this way, it doesn't even have to be good martial arts. Oops, did I let that slip? What I meant was these represent the pinnacle of the genre. No I didn't.
The Clones of Bruce Lee
(1980)After Bruce Lee's death in 1973, a strange and shameless sub-genre emerged within the world of martial arts movies known as Bruceploitation. These were films that used Lee's name in the title and/or had other actors impersonate him. Some titles include Bruce Lee Fights Back From Beyond the Grave, Enter Another Dragon, and Dragon Lee vs. The Five Brothers. This one...yeah...this one...sigh. It's set in the immediate aftermath of Bruce dying. A doctor from a secret government agency takes some of the master's brain tissue to create three clones. They are very creatively named Bruce Lee 1 (Dragon Lee), Bruce Lee 2 (Bruce Le), and Bruce Lee 3 (Bruce Lai). If you were paying attention you might have noticed how
(1991)I may be cheating a bit with this one because they aren't doppelgängers in the truest sense of the word, but oh well. Chad and Alex (Jean-Claude Van Damme) are twins who were separated as kids when their parents were gunned down in front of them. Fast forward 25 years and they have been reunited and want to avenge their parents' death. Sounds like a plan except they don't really get along too hot. That means we're getting some Van Damme on Van Damme action! Truthfully, I'm not really a fan of The Muscles From Brussels, but I have lots of fun with this one. It's not really a "good" film, but it is highly entertaining. For my money, it easily cracks his top five, for whatever that's worth.
(2001)Remember when I talked about theories? Try this one on for size. There is not just one universe, there are many. In each of them resides a different version of you. Now imagine that if your were to somehow travel to one of these other universes and kill its universe's version of you, you would absorb their strength. If you managed to kill all of the other versions of yourself you would become an all-powerful being. That's the premise behind The One. In short, we get to watch one Jet Li try to kill all the other versions of himself and take over everything while another version of Jet Li tries to stop him. Unlike the other two movies in this post, this one is legitimately good, and certainly more of a sci-fi flick, though Li kicks plenty of ass. So yeah, watch this one.