Verdict: A typical but entertaining Jackie Chan movie.
People love watching action movies. The quick-paced adrenaline-pumping sequences that leave you gripped to the seats making you unsure of the outcome. Then there’s action-comedy, which takes the same scenes and makes you laugh. Jackie Chan is an expert when it comes to latter and he has proved it time and again. His moves are lethal but he has the penchant for adding the comic twist to them, like using objects around him rather than relying on weapons that would make his job easier. His upcoming movie boasts of all that sequences and much more laughs. He has partnered with Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame. His partnering with an American actor has always worked in the past and he has decided to repeat it.
Benny Chan (Jackie Chan) is on the hunt of Matador, a high-level organized crime boss when he loses his partner Yung (Eric Tsang). The story jumps to nine years later and Benny is still on the hunt for the Matador, although not any closer. Elsewhere, we have Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville) on a plane to Macau narrating the story of how his parents lived (which is eerily similar to the plot of The Notebook). He is a professional con man and he is wanted by everyone. Some Russians are on his trail and he temporarily evades them which traps him in a wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time kind of situation, which he escapes out of with the help of the Russians.
Benny Chan chases after Connor Watts because he holds some evidence that will help in exposing the Matador and also saves him from the Russians. Watts who is reluctant to return to Macau tries his best to escape and that includes burning Chan’s passport among other antics that don’t work out well for him.
If you are expecting a Chris Tucker or an Owen Wilson level of chemistry, this will leave you a little disappointed but there are many other things that more than make up for it. The majority of the movie is set on the road while the leads travel from Russia to China. The road is what bonds them and it is enchanting to see as they travel through Mongolia and through the Gobi desert (road trip goals right there).
One thing that isn’t lacking in the movie is Jackie Chan’s fight scenes. They seem a little mechanical now that he does them effortlessly but they still haven’t lost their charm as they keep your eyes glued to the screen. Johnny Knoxville provides the much needed comic relief and most of the times a prop for Jackie Chan to use when he is fighting.
The director Renny Harlin, who is known for movies like Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger, has done an excellent job when it comes to the action sequences.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
This is your run-of-the-mill Jackie Chan movie and that’s what makes it exciting because you get to see something you like on screen without modifications. Also, watch it for the quickest enemies-to-bros story and of course for Jackie Chan singing Rolling in the Deep.