• Todd Puhl

Movie Review: The Foreigner

Updated: May 27, 2019


Based off of the book, “The China Man” written by Stephen Leather, we needed to PC the film up so no one is offended. Sigh. It was Dan that turned me to this film. Jackie Chan in a serious thriller? Like Come on. No one would believe that. So that was the selling point to get me into the theatre.

“Quan is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- dies in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. His relentless search to find the terrorists leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the elusive killers.”

Honestly, after all the Jackie Chan films I have seen in my life, I never thought I could ever see a serious revenge thriller type film with him starring it. His Shtick was always having the comedic action movies with the insane stunts that he did by himself. So what happened? He kind of faded away with those films. I honestly cannot recall a film that was advertised with him as a lead since 2010’s Karate Kid. WHICH I COMPLETELY DISPISED.

But Jackie made his mettle on films like Rumble in the Bronx, Rush Hour Trilogy, Police Story, Shanghai Noon and etc. But if you go through his huge filmography, there wasn’t really a film that he tried his hand in this genre before. So, that alone intrigue me. Throw Pierce Bronson in as an Irishman that works with the NRS and tons of explosions. Ok, you have my attention.

Now the major quam that critics had about this film was that Jackie’s character wasn’t really developed or explained. There was a slight mention that he was US Special Forces and left at that. Why was that a huge issue? Did anyone get mad that John Wayne’s character was never explained on how he was able to good with a gun? Well, of course not. It was John Wayne. The Duke. The Man. So my question is, why Jackie Chan is so talented and trained matters? Well the 100+ films of action might be a dead giveaway. Honestly, I couldn’t find anything really wrong with this film and it leads me to believe that critics were just looking for reasons to pick at it.

The film has a solid storyline, great action and tons of intense scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat. What more could you want from the guy?


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