Year Released: 1998
Main Stars: Jackie Chan
Last watched: June 2012
Review Date: June 2012
Number Watches: 4
Jackie again. You’d think I like him or something?!
The great start in South Africa has a lot of fun but the cheap locations and cheap extras soon bring it all down. Quality of camera work and script don’t allow Jackie to shine so again he’s let down by, presumably, a low budget. Do I seem to be defending him? Well, yes, I guess so but he’s really got a keen eye for this acting business, just needs the right script.
However, it’s all about the movie in hand and it’s not one of his best. I’d say it’s a very obviously address to the western / european audience; Jackie is speaking English, most of the actors aren’t dubbed in after filming and there are very few asian cultural references like dragon dances or stuff which is really a shame as it might have helped cover the boring bits.
Now, the stunts and fights. Not many, to be honest but there is the long leggy guy fighting Jackie on the roof and the ‘nearly fell off the roof’ stunts. No wires! The car work is great and the stunt work around these is almost unbelievable as the car smashes through fruit stalls with people standing on the other side or slides along stairs with people lying on the ground within inches of the car as it skids past at incredible speeds.
What ever you do, ignore the ending. Oh, boy, ignore the ending. This is the one that makes the difference between western and eastern film making – it’s so OTT you really don’t see how they could have scripted it! Just laugh and have fun.
Watch if on TV?
Maybe if I give it enough time between watches.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?