There are rarely things, in this day and age, that live up to their hype. Whether that's due to a bigger, better hype machine, or just crappier products, it just doesn't happen anymore.
Which is therefore why I was absolutely flattened by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Simply the best movie I can remember seeing. Not only was it action on the order of Jackie Chan's Drunken Master II, but the heroine was straight-up hawt, and the ending was tear-rendingly beautiful. Oh yeah, it was pretty funny too.
While this won't really help you folks that live in the sticks, I urge, COMPEL you Apexers that live in LA or NY to get to this movie as fast as your little feet will take you. A huge thumbs up.