The Karate Kid

OUT NOW! Jackie Chan - and a bunch of pre-teens beating the crap out of each other. Wahey!

Will Smith Jr. becomes the Kung Fu Kid to stand up to Chinese bullies when his mom is transferred from desolate Detroit to booming Beijing (Zeitgeist alert!). The new Kid packs in enough gimmicks for two 1980s flicks, but today’s advanced standards of movie violence make pre-teens beating the crap out of each other seem slightly disturbing. At least the filmmakers realized this too, and opted for a neat videogame aesthetic in the final showdown.

THE KARATE KID | Directed by Harald Zwart (USA 2010) with Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan. Opens in Berlin cinemas on July 22.