Synopsis: THE FOREIGNER, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is a timely action thriller from the director of “Casino Royale.”
The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.
What We Thought:
Jackie Chan gives his best performance in years in the solid action thriller, The Foreigner. Chan reminds us that he can do much more than action although he does plenty of it in the film as well.
Chan plays Quan, a London transplant who loses his daughter to an explosion by a group calling themselves the Authentic IRA. There had been peace between the IRA and the British for almost 20 years and both sides have no idea what’s going on. When Quan doesn’t get the answers he wants, he takes things into his own hands to get revenge for his daughter.
It’s such a great role for Jackie at this point in his career. Quan is an unassuming 60+ year old “Chinaman” that both the British and the Northern Ireland authorities shrug off. Until they realize he’s a former Special Ops agent who has lost everything in life and starts coming for them. Pierce Brosnan plays the politician in Belfast that Chan goes after to get his answers. Brosnan’s character has his own ties to the IRA and the cat and mouse game between both actors is very good. Both men play age appropriate characters which makes both very believable.
Chan can’t do as many stunts as before, but what does is still top-notch. He can still front-kick, jump, fall and do hand-to-hand combat with the best of them. Even at 63 years old, he makes the rest of us look pathetic. He’s not asked to be dragged behind a boat or anything like that in this film and it works because of it.
I will say I was a little conflicted about the story. I’m a big Jackie Chan fan, but here is this character going after Irishmen! I come from an Irish family and he went after my people! I’m just joking, it’s just a movie, but it did remind me of the film ’71 where coming from a certain background, you aren’t sure who to root for. The average movie goer probably won’t know the political situation involved or even what the IRA or UVF are and are just seeing the latest Jackie Chan flick.
I had high hopes for The Foreigner because again, I’m a big Jackie Chan fan. Not only did it meet those expectations, I think I liked it more than I thought I would. Chan gives an amazing performance in a movie that’s easy to compare to Taken, but is a lot smarter and authentic. I can see myself owning it eventually and rewatching it again.
Cast & Crew:
- Jackie Chan
- Pierce Brosnan
- Director Martin Campbell
- Orla Brady
- Charlie Murphy
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- Jackie Chan
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