Title: The Foreigner
Director(s): Martin Campbell
Screenwriter(s): David Marconi
Runtime: 1h 53m
● Based on the novel The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, the story follows Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan), a former Vietnam War special forces operative and widower who runs a Chinese restaurant in London. He has a daughter who, one day, is killed in a terrorist bombing. Quan tries to be patient with law enforcement but is frustrated by their lack of progress and so takes matters into his own hands, going after Sinn Féin politician Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) who has supposedly renounced violence.
● Quan certainly operates alone and outside the system, but this film is not supposed to be a shoot ’em up. And it mostly works. Chan, unlike his previous roles, brilliantly plays the humble man who is far from invincible. He is very measured in how he acts since that’s how he operates, but also because he is limited by his age and that he knows he can’t get away with a killing spree.
● There are still enough action sequences throughout which are well-executed. There is some intrigue. The final act can definitely use more high-intensity action to finish it off. In any case, it is good to see Chan and Brosnan not be typecasted.
This mini-review is part of the collection for Taken clones and derivatives.
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