The Foreigner (2017) - UK / China
Jackie Chan gets to act like his age and plays an old man, whose daughter is tragically killed in a terrorist attack by the Irish. Coincidentally, Pierce Brosman costars as the diplomat in the middle of the links between government and Irish terrorists. I guess we all assumed by now that Chan needs to kick ass and he certainly does and despite getting the title billing, his screen time does not amount to a fully bred leading role. The pacing of the film is fast, so are the explosions and brute action. However, the highlight of the show remains the showdown conversations between the two ageing action stars - Brosman and Chan.
Chan tries extremely hard to steal the show and he does so with plenty of intense expressions and mostly wrinkled face. Brosman on the other hand shows the politician at work and on the line between peace and violence. Many other supporting acts fills the void in the between as Irish and British forces go head to head. Unfortunately the audience does not seem to care either side and the focus is squarely on the two leads.
All in all, "The Foreigner" tries hard as a thriller drama and Chan reinvent himself well enough as the Liam Neeson's Taken character. Whilst Brosman throws in some acting chop, it's Chan that we all came to see and witness. I guess with his first attempt at quality drama in Hollywood, the material could've been more interesting and overall screen time suffers from the lack of it. Still, it's passable entertainment and probably better than those half baked screwball comedies in the form of Kung Fu Yoga or the likes.
I rated it 3/5
Out on Blu Ray and DVD in Jan 2018