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Genre: Action/Crime
Starring: Rick Yune, Keith David, Bokeem Woodbine, Dania Ramirez, Roger Yuan, Mitch Mulaney, Boo Boo Stewart
Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Rating: NC-16 (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2009






Languages: English/Spanish/French
Subtitles: English/Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents as a young boy, Chance Templeton (Rick Yune, The Fast and the Furious, Die Another Day) is taken in by a ruthless killer (Keith David, Dirty, Crash) and raised to follow in his footsteps. An assassin's trade is solitary by nature, but Chance shares a tight bond with his adopted brother, Miles (Bokeem Woodbine - TV's "Saving Grace," Ray), who's elected a more honorable path working as a bodyguard for a sultry pop star (Dania Ramirez, TV's "Heroes").

When Chance is contracted to gun down his brother's client, he realizes there is finally a line he cannot cross. Uniting with his brother to stave off an expected hit, Chance finds himself targeted by the elite members of his own profession as he struggles to protect a woman who stubbornly rejects his services. Set against the steamy backdrop of Bangkok, this action thriller is bursting with some of the meanest stunts and fight scenes. This is high-octane action at it's best.


Rick Yune is best known as the villain in Die Another Day and the original Fast and Furious. Since then, with the occasional bit parts in drama series, the actor who is of Korean descent has faded from the big screen.

But then there’s always a lucrative outlet in Hollywood called the direct-to-DVD market to cater for which is populated with ex-superstars such as Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes and Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and here it is, a Rick Yune’s starrer entitled The Fifth Commandment.

Yune wrote, produced and starred in this movie as a boy, Chance who is brought up by a killer dubbed the Jazzman (Keith David) after his parents is murdered by a ruthless, sadistic killer Z (Roger Yuan). Chance follows the footsteps of Jazzman to become a renowned killer for hire while his adopted brother Miles (Bokeem Woodbine) chose to become a soldier and later on, a bodyguard. The two brothers finally cross path in Bangkok when Miles is assigned to protect a prima donna pop singer, Angel (Dania Ramirez) while Chance is hired to kill her.

The plot written by first-timer Yune is a typical good versus bad action flick. Though you can see Yune trying hard to beef up the various relationships in between yet the various characterizations remain wafer thin and some wooden dialogues that will make you cringe. For example you barely see Chance and Miles together onscreen and the next minute you know, the boys have grown and separated for good by their adopted father and amazingly they have such a deep relationship between them.

Fortunately, aided by capable actors like Keith David and Roger Yuan, the acting on the whole at least delivers the goods compiled by some decent action choreography by stunt coordinator Garrett Warren and director Jesse Johnson, both veterans in the field of stuntwork whom have worked on A-list productions such as M:I:3 and Terminator 3. There are some nasty hand-to-hand combat sequences; one that took place in the rain and the other, the finale fight between Chance and Z to take note of.

The Fifth Commandment I can say is among the best of the direct-to-DVD releases, this is an entertaining action flick to kill a lazy evening and fare so much better than the average Seagal and Snipes’ starring vehicles. With the exception of the tacky DVD cover, this title actually marks a promising start to Rick Yune’s career in the direct-to-DVD arena.


Creating The Fifth Commandment Featurette - This is a 18 minutes long interview session with Rick Yune and it proves that he can be quite an engaging speaker as he talks about anything from scribing the plot to the difficulties he faced during filming to funding issues etc. Pity there isn’t a full commentary track from Yune.

The Stunts of The Fifth Commandment Featurette – Director Jesse Johnson and Stunt Coordinator Garrett Warren discussed the various action pieces in this 25 minutes featurette. Among the stuff the duo talks about, one particularly interesting trivial which Johnson reveals is his preference on filming stunts the old-fashioned manner rather than CG and he cite the third Indiana Jones as an example.

The Code 3 DVD rounds up with trailers for The Art of War 3, Blood: The Last Vampire, District 9, Moon, The Informers and many others.


The visual looks good overall and the Dolby Digital mix really enhanced the sounds of car crash and sequences which frequently involve the use of firearms and explosions.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 20 August 2009


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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