Jackie Chan set the tone of the movie by acting as an old man whom the bureaucrats do not take seriously. And in the end he sets off bombs, traps and kicks asses that completely traumatizes the Irish terrorist ring. The beautiful part of it is that when he is patiently warning the senator, I can already tell he is going to give them hell of a time, which I just haven't seen how.
I give this movie a 4 out of 5. Jackie Chan scored points in acting like a serious disillusioned old man. He broke free of the comical Kung Fu character stereotype for this movie. Overall this movie also depicts how Asians are being looked at in the UK, not really treated as a nuisance but not recognized as one of their citizens.
I love the scene where he came into the room with a silenced sub machine gun. It climaxed when he evaded the sight of his enemy by climbing to the ceiling, and pouncing on him from above to finish him off. He is on an offense, he is not your usual defender like in most movies involving Chinese kung fu masters.
Well, he has to, because if he doesn't take revenge for his daughter, the law enforcers won't be able to arrest the terrorists for him. This also shows how most victims of mass crime feel powerless when it comes to injustice being done to them. The thick layers of bureaucracy and the lack of transparency makes it very hard for them to ask for justice to be done. This movie places a contrast between civil servants and people involved in real crime. It is very hard for civil servants to understand the pain and suffering victims of crime and terrorism unless they put themselves in the shoes of the victims.
Another of my favorite scene is how he used tree branches as makeshift weapons to fight the Irish tracker. Well what resistance can small knife fighting techniques put up against Kung Fu weapon concepts? I felt a little 'worried' for him when the terrorist organization sent an experienced special forces soldier to deal with him. In the end, he fought back proactively and showed the younger man how he lacks skill and experience. Sometimes I feel that he choreographs for his co-actors too well. Like when people in those countries actually fights with boxing and at the most just low roundhouse kicks, he had them do flying spinning back kicks to match him, instead of simply overwhelming them with technical sophistication.
Jackie Chan can express his creativity and talent in his old age better by showing how he can use weapons with better skill than his enemies. Yes, real Chinese Kung Fu weapon skills only unique to Kung Fu practitioners. I like to see him use long sticks and polearms against the bad guys with clubs and small knives not knowing what is going on. The weapon skills of Kung Fu is really unique to China and the Chinese. It is a skill martial arts and action actors from other parts of the world cannot emulate.
If you don't remember so clearly, he did some training on the way to the countryside on his pickup truck. He did strength training by pushing his truck and pushing his truck door from left to right; it's genius. This training scene, although short, is very important as it re-emphasizes the importance of S&C physical fitness in Chinese Kung Fu. Even if you are a commando on the way to a mission, you still stick to your training! Jackie Chan still has great physique in his 60s. If he does a topless training scene it will be no less amazing than Rocky.
They just need that magical touch like that of the 'machine gun punch' in Ip Man, and it will be another masterpiece. I think the Hong Kong movie industry had too much of typecasting and standard storylines and drama pattern. If they want to attract more eyeballs to top the charts again, they need to think out of the box and give the audience what they have not seen before.
I surely want to watch the sequel to The Foreigner. And I feel Jackie Chan should produce a few 'serious killer' movies featuring himself to change his stereotype before he retires. No jokes and funny pranks, just cold hard violence and wrath. I hope he does something like the Chinese answer to 'The Expendables' by Sylvester Stallone, with a group of no-nonsense Kung Fu commandoes. Feature all the manly actors, not the pretty boys please.
Article By Leroy Kwok