Latest “Karate Kid” clip emphasizes action, fighting in remake

By Sean O’Connell Just to remind audience members that “The Karate Kid” has plenty of, you know, karate in it, Sony has cut an action-themed trailer and placed it on the Web days before the remake opens this Friday.

Check out the new, Kung Fu cut here on this MySpace page.

We were lucky enough to see the remade “Karate Kid” last week. And while embargoes prevent us from fully reviewing the film until Friday, I think I can comment on the clip and say it fairly represents the amount of fighting you are going to see in the film.

There’s enough to convince you that young Jaden Smith is in hot water with the neighborhood bullies, enough to convince you that the neighborhood bully could actually do some serious harm, and enough to convince you that Jackie Chan — as Smith’s instructor — was a bad-ass in his time. There’s a deliberate nod to Chan’s gravity-defying fight choreography in the film that fittingly pays tribute to such films as “Drunken Master,” “Police Story” or “Rumble in the Bronx” even as it’s remembering the original “Karate Kid.”

Remakes are a curse word in modern Hollywood. “Karate Kid” could change that perception, if only for a week or two. Give it a shot. And before you do, check out the above clip.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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