Huge comedy about tiny balls delivers half the package
In this sports comedy directed by Ben Garant, a disgraced ping-pong champion is given a shot at redemption and a chance to avenge the death of his father in the world of secret underground ping-pong tournaments.
Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) used to be the best player around until the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he slipped up and the Chinese triads killed his father who had bet on the game. Nineteen years later, he is recruited by a FBI agent named Rodriguez (George Lopez) to win an upcoming ping-pong tournament and track down Feng (Christopher Walken), the man responsible for his father's murder. To get his pong skills back up to par after years of matinee shows in Reno, Daytona seeks the help of blind ping-pong expert Master Wong(James Hong) and his beautiful niece Maggie Wong(Maggie Q).
The best performances came from George Lopez, whose unique way of delivering crude humor can't be imitated, Lopez who is usually known for his stand-up routines and T.V. show managed to pull off a perfect impression of Tony Montana from Scarface. Christopher Walken also manages to portray a crime lord and ping-pong enthusiast at the same, in the way Walken usually does, in a patient, slow, almost mumbling voice no matter the topic, whether it's ping pong death matches or his wardrobe.
But the one who stole the show was Maggie Q, whose gymnastic arsenal is one to be reckoned with, with her, ping pong is not a sport but an art.
"Balls of Fury"s main flaw is that it tries to be too much. It could have been a kung fu movie, a movie about revenge, love, comedy, just ping pong or even a Def Leppard musical. But it fails at mixing all these themes into an original film no matter entertaining it was.
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