‘The Foreigner’ Review: Jackie Chan Gets Emotional & Kick-starts Smart Action Thriller

Deadline | 10/11/2017 | Pete Hammond
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It has been a long time since I have taken Jackie Chan seriously on the screen. A Jackie Chan movie is a Jackie Chan movie — some better than others, but most an excuse to show off his exceptional stunt skills and goofy comic timing. The Foreigner however marks a new direction for the star, who received an Honorary Oscar just last year. He actually gets a chance to show off emotion and acting chops we rarely see from the martial arts icon, and it is a welcome change.

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It helps to have a solid character in a smart script (by David Marconi), and Chan is the beneficiary playing Quan, a small-time restaurant owner whose life is turned upside down after his beloved daughter is killed in a London terrorist bombing. An IRA cell claims responsibility, and Quan will stop at nothing to track down the killers. For this cause he enlists the help of Liam Hennessey (Pierce Brosnan), the Irish Deputy Minister. As their interaction develops into a cat-and-mouse game in tracking the perpetrators of the bombing, both hidden pasts come bubbling back to the surface affecting the very present-day crisis Quan drags Hennessey into. In order to keep things under control, Hennessey engages his young nephew Sean Morrison (Rory Fleck Byrne), and complications arise with the involvement of his wife Mary (Orla Brady) as well in a complex viper’s nest of plot twists.

Although the film is slower to get to the action than most Chan vehicles, the thrills are there but they come with a much more mature and graying Chan. His Quan is a...
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