The Fifth Commandment

From my Sunday school days I do remember that the fifth commandment is 'thou shalt not kill'. But obviously director Jesse Johnson (The Butcher) and actor/screenwriter Rick Yune (Die Another Day, The Fast and the Furious) did not remember that commandment as they have both attempted to "kill" the kung fu/action film.

Chance (Rick Yune) saw his parents brutally murdered before his eyes. One of the killers sees the boy and decides to take him in as his own son. Max Templeton (Keith David – All About Steve, Gamer) raises Chance to be a killer like he is.

Being an assassin is a lonely job, but Chance is close to his half-brother, Miles (Bokeen Woodbine – Ray, Crooklyn). Miles has not chosen to follow his father's path in life and is working as a bodyguard for a pop singer, Angel (Dania Ramirez – Quarantine, X-Men: The Last Stand).

Fate intervenes and Chance is hired to kill his brother's client. This is finally too much for Chance. Going against his brother is a line he cannot cross. Chance risks his life by uniting with his brother to try and save Angel's life.

However, who does want Angel dead is not about to give up and hires another assassin to finish the job. This means that Chance is now also a target. Keeping her safe is made more difficult by the fact that Angel does not feel she needs protection.

It is not the simple story that leads to the downfall of the film, but rather the fact that Yune is not convincing as a martial arts master is what kills the film. An action film relies heavily on, logically, the action. It is supposed to thrill and wow us. Most of the time I found myself yawning through the action scenes. Not a good sign. Fans of the genre won't even waste their time with it.

Special Features:
-Creating The Fifth Commandment
-The Stunts of The Fifth Commandment
-Previews of The Art of War III: Retribution, Blood: The Last Vampire, Blu-ray Disc is High Definition, Messenger 2: The Scarecrow, The Informers, The Devil's Tomb, Anacondas: Trail of Blood, Angel of Death, Impact, The Shield, Obsessed, 12, and Tyson

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