I dunno what it is about this movie that draws comparisons to Big Trouble in Little China. Same year of release, similar east-west collision, a like-minded plunge into a bizarre underworld . . .
But its hero is completely different. Eddie Murphy puts his comedic talents to likable use here, playing a capable P.I. who's dragged into something that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. A smartass who's always quick with a snide observation. But he's also a solid physical presence, and when pushed , can believably put some punk in a hurt locker.
I walked into this thinking Charles Dance would steal the movie (he's surprisingly muted here), but this is an Eddie Murphy vehicle.
And that's a good thing.