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MOVIE REVIEW-The Foreigner: Jackie Chan Is Almost Completely MIA In His Own Movie



VVNG – I would find it very hard to believe if someone told me they didn’t love Jackie Chan. He is always so lovable and funny in his movies and he seems like a genuinely happy and nice man in real life. That’s why it was such a shock seeing Jackie Chan acting like the complete opposite of his usual pleasant self. This time, we see Jackie as an old, broken-down man with (literally) nothing left to lose, and let me tell you, he does an incredible job playing this role. Even though he plays an old man who seems like he can barely walk, he still kicks tons of booty in his awesome Jackie Chan style. Ever since I was a wee lad, I have always enjoyed watching JC movies…The thing is though, this is NOT a JC movie. The main focus is not on him. He is, unfortunately, given the co-star role in a movie that is advertised as his.

The film I wanted to watch was the one shown in the trailers where Jackie Chan goes on a rampage against some terrorists who set off a bomb that kills his daughter (the only family he has left). The film I actually watched, was a movie starring Pierce Brosnan with special guest, Jackie Chan. More than two thirds of the movie is focused on Pierce Brosnan talking in a (pretty cool) Irish accent to other Irishmen about a bunch of Irish political mumbo jumbo I already forgot about, with Jackie in the background trying to get the names of the bad guys responsible for the bombings, so everyone he is fighting is basically innocent as far as he knows.  

I give The Foreigner, the “Checky™ Sticker of Tolerance!” The only reason I didn’t give this flick the Stamp of Disappointment, was because when Mr. Chan is on screen, he is fantastic. When he is sad, my heart breaks, when he is mad, I get chills, when he is serious, I get scared. He might look old, but he must have the blood of a young dragon because when he starts fighting, he is able to brutally take down anyone who is foolish enough to get in his way. The last 15 minutes or so of the movie, is what was actually advertised. The action scenes showcasing Mr. Chan’s spectacular martial arts skills are more than enough to give this film a watch. Just be warned that there are only about 4 action scenes spread out in between a 2-hour movie.

You might enjoy this flick more knowing it is a political thriller and not a full-on action movie. It is not a bad movie, it does not have a bad story, I just wish Jackie would have just figured out who the bad guys were in the first act and then he could have unleashed all of his fury onto the terrorist baddies.

So, what did you think of The Foreigner? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.

Official Synopsis: Quan is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — dies in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. His relentless search to find the terrorists leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the elusive killers.