Accidental Spy, The
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Teddy Chan.


Jackie Chan is once again in globetrotting mode, this time hitting all the tourist destinations in Istanbul. Having been there myself just recently, spotting all the locations was half the fun. Which is a good thing, since the movie itself is only half as fun as it could have been. The plot, rather complicated for a Jackie Chan film, involves his search for his father and his father's inheritance, which leads to international intrigue and the recovery of a deadly virus. For no apparent reason, a remake of SPEED is tacked on at the end, and it is exciting, but pointless. Eric Tsang has a good bit part, but some of the other actors are terrible, including one woman who speaks English and is supposed to be CIA, but pronounces "Athens" as "Ay-thens." Embarrassing.
***

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on March 29, 2004.


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