Summary: Chan stars as a cop who is assigned to protect a woman who used to work for this drug pushing, big boss type guy. Only he’s the least intimidating looking guy ever because he’s bald and has glasses and stands around with his mouth agape. No angry reacts or comments over that statement either, I’m bald, need glasses and am sitting with my mouth agape as I type this. So there.
Directed by Jackie Chan himself, and starring Jackie Chan himself also too. And one observation I couldn’t help but make was how 90% of JC’s movies are either kung-fu revenge flicks or about the drug game (Crack hit us POCs hard, yall)(Thanks O’Regan). The rest are Wheels on Meals. Actually that may also classify as one of these things too. Eh. As long as Jackie Chan kicks someone through a glass something-or-other I’m satisfied.
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HOLY CRAP JACKIE CHAN KICKS A LOT OF PEOPLE THROUGH GLASS. I was convulsing on the carpet floor in my flat. Not really. But dude, LITERALLY everyone starring in this movie gets thrown through a glass display or window or car door. Cut gang, cut gang.
So anyway, lotta violence in this film and strangely enough I didn’t remember a lot of it’s plot points.
- Jackie Chan still plays lovable, semi-creepy Jackie Chan
- The lead actress is written poorly…as expected
- The bad guy’s are pretty bad at being bad, but smarter than the good guys somehow?
- Chan’s superiors are super funny, semi-competent hypocrites and I love them!
- Yeah…the two women who appear in this movie are written SUPER poorly. Bad enough to make this impromptu list twice.
- THIS MOVIE RAMPS IT UP TO LIKE 11 ON SUPER SERIOUS STAKES. THEN BAILS ITSELF OUT AT THE END. Like Chan does stuff that would land him in prison for years and years. But he’s so lovable. And a rascal. A kung-fu fists of fury, deadly shadow kick throwing, struggle glaring….rascal. *God’s Plan starts playing* (Also, I don’t know if the Gods plan joke is funny to me anymore. I simply use it as a space holder)
Real talk, I don’t know how this movie got Chan so much pub; considering all he had done before it and all he would do after–it’s not that good. I mean, it’s “good”. Like me and my daughter laughed a lot and the fight scenes were 10/10. And the story is flimsy but….serviceable? Yeah, serviceable. Anyway, it’s bad. From a character dev standpoint, it’s as painful as one of Chan’s kicks to the chin. And do those hurt? The sfx makes it sound as if someone’s out back batting some old dusty carpets. Har Har Har. It is bad though. Check out the trailer:
At any rate, it was a fun Throw Back Jack pick for this week. I sort of already know what my pick for next week will be, but I’m keeping my options open. After all, I have over 20+ movies to choose from!
You seen Police Story? What’s your favorite scene? Mine is definitely the telephone scene in the police station. It showcases Chan’s genius, comedic timing front and center uninterrupted by some guy throwing a chair threw a window. Email me your favorite here: firstname.lastname@example.org