Five reasons to see The Foreigner
Jackie Chan karate kicks his way back onscreen in The Foreigner! The action movie has Chan playing a humble businessman with a buried past who seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. Pierce Brosnan also stars, teaming up again with GoldenEye director Martin Campbell.
Here are 5 reasons why you need to check this movie out:
1. The Stunts
Jackie Chan has endured many years of long, hard work and a ton of injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's martial arts movie industry. Making his way to North American audiences in 1995 with Rumble in the Bronx, this was the first time we saw an action star do his own stunts as he ran up walls and bounced off cars. It was very impressive and Jackie hasn't slowed down. Performing most of his own stunts in The Foreigner, it's always a treat to watch him defy and play with gravity. Fun fact: Back in the day, Jackie worked with Bruce Lee as a stunt coordinator.
2. Director Martin Campbell
This isn't Martin Campbell's first rodeo when it comes to action movies. Best known for his work on GoldenEye, The Mask of Zorro and Casino Royale, Martin knows how to craft a dramatic story while weaving really cool fight scenes throughout it. The directing in The Foreigner is no different and makes this two-hour movie feel a lot shorter, making you crave more at the end.
3. Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan is so handsome! Is that enough of a reason? We think so. Okay, and his performance is pretty awesome. (But so handsome.)
4. A tale of revenge
There's nothing like sweet, sweet revenge and Jackie Chan delivers as he channels his inner Liam Neeson from Taken, tracking down who killed his daughter in an act of terrorism. The movie is based on the Stephen Leather book The Chinaman as you watch Chan's character creatively take out the enemy one by one. He wants names and doesn't take no for an answer! There's something satisfying about watching someone take the law into their own hands and we can't get enough!
5. The Return of Jackie Chan
It's been awhile since we last saw Jackie in action! He's known for his comedy and action roles but his performance in The Foreigner of a father who has lost his daughter is powerful and real. His filmography (mostly Asian films) is massive and great, so it's a shame he's only really known in North America for his Rush Hour movies with Chris Tucker. But in 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award given annually by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. When all is said and done, Jackie Chan is considered a legendary movie star, so watch him give this performance of a lifetime.