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Directed by Martin Campbell
FINALLY! I’ve been waiting to see this movie for MONTHS considering how bad ass that first trailer was! Jackie Chan in a gritty action film where he’s blowing stuff up and shooting people in the face!? It’s like those Liam Neeson films only with an actor who ACTUALLY know how to fight instead of just being really good at pretending they can! Now I’ve seen my fair share of Jackie Chan films, but the dude is so prolific outside the US (he’s a freaking POP STAR SINGER in China!) that no matter how many films they sneak onto Netflix, there’s always gonna be a lot more that flew under the radar. That’s why I’m so glad to see him headlining a big mainstream (at least for the US) Hollywood film to remind people that he’s still the freaking man! That’s not even getting into the solid team behind this which includes both James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan and James Bond director Martin Campbell; both of whom may not have the BEST track record but can certainly produce some solid work when the need arises! Can this dark thriller starring the most delightful man in existence live up to the huge expectations set for it, or are we doomed to be disappointed once again like we were with Green Lantern, Mamma Mia, and Rush Hour 3? Let’s find out!!
The movie begins with the typical overprotective dad Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) picking up his teenage daughter from school (Katie Leung) when BOOM!! She gets caught in a terrorist bombing from a group known as the Authentic IRA who shaking things up in the UK; especially for Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) who’s now an elected official but was a member of IRA Classic. With little else to turn to, Quan starts to zero in on Hennessy as the one person who might have a clue as to who are behind the bombing that killed his daughter, and he’s also the target of the English government who are hell bent on stopping whatever this group has in store next. Can Quan get the justice he seeks for the death of his daughter? Does Liam Hennessy actually know more than he’s letting on about the recent bombings? Seriously, why wasn’t THIS guy in those taken movies!?