Medallion, The
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Gordon Chan.

Jackie Chan is an international action hero. But sometimes, his movies look like they were made for someone who desperately wants to be an international action hero, but doesn't know how to go about it. This movie tries so hard that it takes inspiration in its action scenes from THE ONE, CROUCHING TIGER, and even LETHAL WEAPON 4. What they forgot was that you don't need to be a tired retread of better movies when you've got Jackie Chan. Just let him do his thing, and hang a half-way decent story around it. Unfortunately, director Gordon Chan did neither. Increasingly, Jackie's American films are far more entertaining and better made than his Hong Kong films. Maybe it's time for him to take some more risks with his films, and play more complex characters, instead of just coasting on the success of RUSH HOUR.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on April 01, 2004.

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