Cradle 2 the Grave

February 28th, 2003


Cradle 2 the Grave

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A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 5.5/10 (19,431 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Stars: Jet Li, DMX, Mark Dacascos

When his daughter is kidnapped and held in exchange for priceless diamonds, the leader of a crew of highly skilled urban thieves (DMX) forges an unlikely alliance with a Taiwanese Intelligence officer (Jet Li) to rescue her. Their race against the clock to find the precious stones ultimately unravels a plot to distribute a deadly new weapon of war.

Writers: John O'Brien, John O'Brien

Jet Li - Su
DMX - Anthony Fait
Anthony Anderson - Tommy
Kelly Hu - Sona
Tom Arnold - Archie
Mark Dacascos - Yao Ling
Gabrielle Union - Daria
Michael Jace - Odion
Drag-On - Miles
Paige Hurd - Vanessa
Paolo Seganti - Christophe
Richard Trapp - Douglas
Ron Yuan - Laser Tech
Woon Young Park - Bald Enforcer
Johnny Nguyen - Ling's Hitman

Taglines: Kanteihyôka, 100 karat no kyôki [Japan]


Official Website: Official site [uk] | Warner Bros [France] |

Release Date: 28 February 2003

Filming Locations: 101 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,521,486 (USA) (2 March 2003) (2625 Screens)

Gross: $56,489,558 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The casting of Mark Dacascos was the result of a poll on Jet Li's website where fans were asked who they would like to see him fight next.

Revealing mistakes: When Fait jumps through the window of the building he rode into with the blue ATV, he has to clear a low wall to go through the window. You can see him ride up a ramp to get through the window, but there is no ramp there. It was edited out but it is still obvious that he goes off a ramp.

Fight Announcer: Put me down now, or I'll kick your ass, Bruce!
Su: I'm *not* Bruce.
[throws the short man through the air]

User Review

Expect This Cradle Not 2 Rock


Joel Silver and Andrzej Bartkowiak once again brings us another Rap Star/Martial Artist collaboration movie in which I like to call, "Hip-Hop Chopsocky" Flicks. I enjoyed both Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds, however I'm getting the feeling that Silver and Bartkowiak are using a Xerox copy machine to develop the next action flick. Expect everything you saw in the first two films to appear in Cradle 2 The Grave.

Yes, expect all the action sequences to drown the whole plot of the film. Yes, expect DMX to have his hip-hop soundtrack blasting in most of the action scene. Yes, expect the two protaganist of the story to reluctantly get along with each other and then later on to share a common bond at the end of the movie. Yes, expect Jet Li to have the same facial expression throughout the whole film and no more than 10 lines in the movie. Yes, expect the same fat black guy from Kangaroo Jack to be back as the black comic element. Yes, expect Tom Arnold, a guy who was once married to a woman who looked like Kangaroo Jack, to be back as other white comic element of the film. Yes, expect a night club scene and every prop seen in a Hype William music video (i.e. Jacuzzi, champagne, and big booty bitches.) Yes, expect the Rap Star actor do some martial arts of his own. (And I'd like to say to DMX, "Yo dog, stick to rappin', cuz the karate thang ain't you. You got those thin wires making you look good.") And yes, expect Jet Li to fight with his counterpart nemesis, in a ring of fire at the end of the movie. Where the hell is Johnny Cash when you need him!

And as for Jet Li, I do respect him as a martial artist but since he's been making movies in US, his skill have been more half-assed compared to what he did in his Hong Kong Flicks. The scene where Jet fights in a cage match was the only highlight of the film. However, only to be distracted with DMX's action sequences, with camera going from one scene to the other. For me, I'd rather see Jet Li do his stuff than to see DMX being pursued by cops. I live near Oakland and I see that sh*t almost every day.

Overall, I would suggest to save your money and watch Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds at the same time. Or if you don't care what I say...Hell, go spend the $9.00! But remember "the Cradle" is robbing you!


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