Women of Action: Bingbing Li – Guardians of the Tomb
It’s unbelievable to me to think that actress Bingbing Li began her acting career way back in 1994. In recent years, Bingbing has starred in massive Hollywood blockbusters like Resident Evil: Retribution and Transformers: Age of Extinction but her three year break and inclusion into the cast of Guardians of the Tomb led me to ask myself one question; “What was she thinking?”
I won’t lie to you, I did check out at some point during Guardians of the Tomb. The film drags on for too long and most of the action scenes resemble one another to the point that I actually had to pause it once because I thought I had accidentally skipped back to an earlier scene. The film follows a team of characters featuring the beautiful Bingbing, the curmudgeonly Kelsey Grammar, and the Dollar Store Channing Tatum known as Kellan Lutz. Maybe I am a little hard on Lutz but I wish someone would show me one movie where he does a good job and I will gladly eat crow on that one.
The film really kicks off after Bingbing’s brother played by Chun Wu gets trapped in a caved-in tomb searching for some sweet archeological loot. Kelsey Grammar calls his sis and puts together a team of remarkably unprepared people to go search for the missing brother. Lutz is the search and rescue guy who always seems like he’s reading his lines off a cue card being held by the grip guy. Bingbing adds some femininity to the movie after the only other woman bites it pretty early. The surviving members of the team eventually come across Chun Wu but by the end of the film I was really just wondering how much money they spent on CGI spiders. For a movie that is so concerned with finding the secret to everlasting life, I was, in the end, thankful that this movie found a way to end.