Review: THE FOREIGNER

By Renee’ C.

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

A humble businessman, Quan Ngoc Minh (Jackie Chan) with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter, Fan (Katie Leung) is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities (IMDB).

I was not very optimistic going to see this film because the trailer looked like several other films with the same storyline. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well written, acted and made this film is. Chan is able to take this film to the next level with his excellent and deeply felt portrayal as the devastated father.

This film is grounded in reality because while you watch Chan’s character fight the bad guys he is portrayed as his age. Meaning he gets hurt and shows it, which is a good thing because, let’s face it, he is not a spring chicken anymore but he can still fight. When he was younger, the fight scenes never ended and usually came out of them unscathed.

The only negative thing I have to say is that at one-hour fifty-four minutes it is too long. Why must these movies be so long? Aside from that, this film is entertaining and worth a look. I would recommend a matinee.

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