MOVIE REVIEW: Chan a serious man in The Foreigner

19th October 2017 1:00 PM
Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan in The Foreigner. Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan in The Foreigner. Supplied

THE killed Jackie Chan's daughter. Now they're gonna have to pay.

But first, a sad, mad old Jackie has to work out exactly who 'they' are.

It's the kind of deeply personal quest for vengeance where a Liam Neeson in Taken mode would come in might handy. Though he probably would have terminated the entire population in a 50-km radius had anyone actually ended the life of his daughter.

Enough of the small talk, Pierce Brosnan. Jackie Chan wants some answers, goddamit!
Enough of the small talk, Pierce Brosnan. Jackie Chan wants some answers, goddamit! Supplied

Let's get back to Jackie. He plays Quan, a Vietnamese-born gent who is understandably devastated after watching his only child perish in a London terrorist bombing.

Quan has a hunch the IRA (and by extension, their man in British Parliament, played by Pierce Brosnan) might be in it up to their ears.

So soon enough he is waging a one-man war against anyone with a beard, a black beanie or a broad Oir-ish accent.

Jackie isn't moving too swiftly these days, but he can still pluck a thrill from out of thin air if the stunt choreography is done right.

Due to its seen-it-all-before premise, this no-frills action-thriller is as old school as this kind of fare can be.

What you may not have seen before is martial-arts veteran and all-round nice guy Chan trying his hand at a gritty dramatic role. He doesn't do too badly at all, even if Jackie's go-to 'serious' face can look unintentionally comical in select scenes.

Jackie doesn’t have the greatest range as a dramatic actor. This is the face he uses when his really serious one needs a breather.
Jackie doesn’t have the greatest range as a dramatic actor. This is the face he uses when his really serious one needs a breather.

It's not unlike the expression of a restaurant patron who has had to send a meal back to the kitchen twice on the same night. He doesn't want to cause a scene, but he also wants someone's head on a plate.

 

The Foreigner

Stars: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Fearon, Charlie Murphy.  

Director: Martin Campbell  

Rating: MA 15+  

Verdict: 3 stars