10 December 2015 | leonblackwood
Great action with a sketchy storyline! 5/10
Review: This is a more serious Jackie Chan movie which sees him playing a TV Chef, who gets caught up with a bunch of thugs and drug dealers, when he tries to save a journalist who has recorded a drug deal. When they escape from the thugs, the journalist realises that she hasn't got the tape and that she has a recording of one of Jackies shows but the thugs are adamant about getting the tape back which will expose there operation. An innocent Jackie, helps to save the journalist to fight of the baddies whilst struggling to stay alive because of this tape, which he really doesn't know were it is. When his girlfriend comes to stay with him, she is kidnapped by the baddies so Jackie will give them the tape, so with the help of the police, he tries to get his girlfriend back by using his Kung Fu skills against both parties of the drug deal. When the police finally get information about the tapes whereabouts, Jackie manages to save his girlfriend and he takes down the drug dealers for good. Like many Chan movies, the action scenes were brilliant and the stunts were very well choreographed but the whole tape concept wasn't that great. I was impressed with Chans cooking skills and the epic bulldozer scene at the end was quite good but the film seemed pretty average. The acting from the Australian cast was a bit sketchy and the huge baddies in the box suits were useless but it's a watchable movie which, gladly, didn't have any of those silly comedic action scenes. Average!
Round-Up: Sammo Hung, 63, who made an appearance in the movie as a cyclist, also directed this action packed movie and I must admit, he did do quite a good job. Most of his previous films, like Wheels on Meals and Dragons Forever, have a comedic feel to them but he gave this movie a serious side which made the film watchable. Its not in the same league as the more authentic movies from Chan but the action was great, along with Chans professionalism on screen.
Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $13million
I recommend this movie to people who are into their crime/action/martial arts/comedies starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Richard Norton. 5/10