No! Just no! You have no right to break Jackie Chan’s heart!

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Directed by Martin Campbell (GoldenEye and Green Lantern), The Foreigner the live adaptation of Stephen Leather’s novel, The Chinaman. Phew, kinda happy they changed the title…

After a terrorist bombing killed his daughter (Katie Leung), restaurant owner Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) asks British government official and former IRA member Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) for the names of the bombers. Despite Hennessy’s knowledge of the bombings, he denies any involvement. What he and everyone involved in the bombing do not know… is that Quan is a badass former Vietnam War special forces operator.

Let me just say it…

Jackie Chan still kicks ass at the age of 61*! It should be a mandate to start every Jackie Chan movie/film review with the “Jackie Chan still kicks ass at the age of __!” template.

Speaking of Jackie Chan, it was very surprising and heartbreaking to see a completely broken Jackie Chan. In one particular scene, when the police arrived to ask him about any possible leads, Jackie just looks at them with tears in his eyes. You see, a dead loved one is a lazy way for motivation, but I shed a lot of tears during that scene. Jackie Chan is a national treasure… NO ONE SHOULD BREAK HIS HEART!

Also, Pierce Brosnan also shines as a man who desperately clings to whatever power he still has. It may be a bit weird to hear his local accent (Irish), but it also sounds cool at the same time.

However, that’s where it ends. The action pieces and the portrayal of the lead actors are definitely great, but the story lacks focus.

First, the trailers may lead you to believe that this is a Jackie Chan movie. But this actually feels more like a Pierce Brosnan movie. It focused more on Hennessy’s slow descent to his political destruction.

Second, the movie has too many plot points that it only seem to be cobwebs distracting the viewers. I understand the filmmakers want it to be more than just a simple revenge-action movie, but all that political babble just drags the movie…

Despite the still incredible action pieces and the out of the usual characters portrayed by Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, The Foreigner is a movie that suffers from attempting to be too much. This is…

GREAT GOOD BAD UGLY

* The film was shot in 2015.
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