​Stars : Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, Rufus Jones, Mark Tandy, John Cronin

Director : Martin Campbell

Adapted from Stephen Leather’s 1992 novel The Chinaman, the film takes place in modern-day London and Belfast, where a new group of terrorists known as the “Authentic IRA” claim responsibility for a London bombing that kills over a dozen civilians and leaves many more injured. Among the casualties is the daughter of Quan Ngoc Minh (Chan), a Chinese restaurant owner with a history serving in the Vietnam-era special forces. Left without any other family members to comfort him, Quan makes it his mission to find those responsible for the bombing and bring them to justice.

I Have been a Jackie Chan Fan, his actions, his deliverance in a movie are mind blowing. His contribution to a movie is unfathomable. Watched the Foreigner and here is my take.

The film “The Foreigner” is a truly brilliant thriller that holds your breath from the first minute to the last minute. You never know what will happen and have to stare on the screen all the time. The makeup, sound mixing, action choreography, and acting performances are all top-notch. Jackie Chan perhaps gives his career-best performances, both physically and emotionally. 

Mr. Chan is in his early 60s, and he doesn’t deliver the action pizazz here that he used to. Nor, frankly, does he summon enough gravitas to be persuasive in the role of a grief-maddened father. For what it’s worth, Mr. Brosnan, as Quon’s nemesis, sells the angry-all-the-time requirement for his character

It doesn’t hurt that director Martin Campbell has placed two capable acting veterans at the forefront of the film, in Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan. Both actors are tasked with inhabiting roles that are antithetical to the on screen personas they’re most well-known for. Brosnan, for his part, trades in his suave, Bond-like heroic swagger to play a corrupt politician who often closely resembles a mob boss, while Chan turns in a grim and quiet performance, directly contrary to the comedic roles most American audiences associate him with.

The Foreigner uses the talents of both Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan quite well, turning the well-worn personas of both actors on their heads. And thanks to a handful of propulsive and violent action sequences, The Foreigner mostly succeeds at what it sets out to do, even if that also means you’ll likely have already forgotten about it by the time you get home from seeing it.

The Foreigner was a simple cliche story with thrilling action and suspense. It is a must watch.

I Give 4 stars out of 5.

29th December, 2017


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