Despite what the professionally trained critics think, this movie gets a strong 4 Icees (out of 5) from me. I’ve been a Jackie Chan fan for awhile, so I feel I should warn you that this is not anything close to a typical Jackie Chan movie. In the typical movie, he is happy-go-lucky and does his fighting with a smile, and movie is chock full of exceptionally choreographed fights. This movie has a few fight scenes in it, but not enough for me to call it an action movie at all.
This movie is more drama than action. Pierce Brosnan has about 10 times more lines than Jackie does, and Pierce does them all well. This movie is mostly about the British and IRA fight, and how a bombing in that effort leads to the death of Jackie’s daughter. Jackie wants to find out who is behind it and chooses Pierce as the person who must give him the names, despite the fact that Pierce tells him throughout the film that he doesn’t know.
I read an article where Jackie is proud of his acting in this movie (and he should be). One of the things he is proud of is that he was able to cry on command. So if you’re looking for a good performance from him, you’ll find it here. If you’re looking for a lot of lines from him, you won’t find that at all. In fact, that’s one of my one criticisms of this movie; Jackie wasn’t in it enough. The other is that his actions are seen as positive because of what he went through. If this were a Criminal Minds episode, he would be the vigilante whose daughter’s death triggered something in him. Which leads me back to that criticism. He was in the movie about as often as a target on a crime-fighting movie would be, which for me just wasn’t quite enough. You’ll see what I mean if you see the movie, which I do recommend. It’s not doing so great at the theater so it should be on Redbox soon. When it is, I recommend watching it.
There is quite a bit of cursing and violence (hence the R-rating), but no scenes during or after the credits.