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Cradle 2 the grave

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Movie propaganda

Leader. Thief. Warrior. Father.

Armed with a potent combination of charisma, street smarts and martial arts expertise, Tony Fait (DMX) navigates the menace of the urban landscape with passionate precision, taking care of business and his fiercely loyal crew of professionals with a dedication surpassed only by his love for his young daughter Vanessa (Paige Hurd).

After pulling off a complex heist involving a cache of black diamonds, Fait quickly comes fist-to-fist with Su (Jet Li), a Taiwanese government agent who has pursued the extraordinary stones halfway across the world. As lethal as he is relentless, Su isn't just hunting down diamonds - he's hunting the ruthless Ling (Mark Dacascos), his former partner, who kidnaps Fait's daughter in a ploy to exchange her for the stolen jewels.

But when word hits the street that Fait stashed the stones with his fence Archie (Tom Arnold), the diamonds promptly wind up in the hands of a powerful crime lord (Chi McBride).

His back to the wall, Fait mobilises his crew, suspends his strict no-guns policy and prepares to unleash every force at his disposal to save his daughter. But only Su knows Ling well enough to anticipate his every move - and after he dispenses with Ling's operatives in an explosive display of martial prowess, Fait realises Su could be his best hope for bringing Vanessa home alive.

Adversaries by code but allied by circumstance, the master thief and the enigmatic agent join forces to wage war on their common enemy: Su to exact revenge against the man who once tried to take his life and Fait to rescue Vanessa, the one person that he cannot live without.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film action crime martial arts thief police diamonds

Persons of interest

  • Jet Li .... Su
  • DMX .... Tony Fait
  • Anthony Anderson .... Tommy
  • Kelly Hu .... Sona
  • Tom Arnold .... Archie
  • Mark Dacascos .... Ling
  • Gabrielle Union .... Daria
  • Drag-On .... Miles
  • Paolo Seganti .... Christophe
  • Paige Hurd .... Vanessa Fait
  • Michael Jace .... Odion
  • Richard Trapp .... Douglas
  • Reggie Rock Blythewood .... Storywriter
  • John O'Brien .... Storywriter
  • Channing Gibson .... Screenwriter
  • John O'Brien .... Screenwriter
  • Andrzej Bartkowiak .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Cradle 2 the grave is a great title but it has nothing to do with the content of the film. Mind you, the film is all about picking the best bits out of the genre (crime action) and tying them together in a marketable package, so an unsubtle marketing ploy like selling a film on its title is not unexpected.

What is unexpected is the degree of complication: this is an action film that has a variety of plot threads all woven together into the same fabric. There's The Thief's Story, The Police Officer's Story, The Rogue Officer's Story, The Gangster's Story... and that's just the major characters. You also have The Sidekick's Story, The Henchman's Story, The Girlfriend's Story, The Bouncer's Story and The Little Girl's Story.

Cradle 2 the grave represents a new dimension in Hollywood action films: two. There's plenty of action, heaps of hitting (Jet Li does most of his hitting with one hand in his pocket: it's probably supposed to be cool but it just comes off as wanky), loads of running around, piles of explosions and bunches of laughs. If you like crime, if you like action, you'll like Cradle 2 the grave.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Featurettes:
      • Choreography of the camera - includes multi-angle car chases
      • The descender rig - a look at the camera specially designed for Jet Li's high rise building descent scene
      • Ultimate fighting champions - profiles on noted martial artists and how they were integrated into the film
    • Music video: X gon' give it to ya by DMX (also on the video)
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Closed captions, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English captions, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

101 minutes (1:41 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 27 March 2003
DVD rental: 13 August 2003
VHS rental: 13 August 2003
DVD retail: 13 August 2003
VHS retail: 13 August 2003

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