February 25, 2020– The Foreigner (2017) is a terrific movie starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. I do not know how I missed this one when it was released in theaters, or in the aftermarket, but SHAME ON ME!
This riveting action drama involves Chan’s attempt to uncover the splinter IRA operatives that killed his daughter and seek his revenge. The film is Jackie Chan’s answer to Liam Neeson’s Taken and Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo. Jackie Chan, after more than 150 films, really hits his acting stride in this one. He is emotionally engaged and a powerful screen presence; holding his own against Brosnan, a highly skilled actor.
This movie, based on the Stephen Leather book, The Chinaman, was directed by Martin Campbell, who directed 2006’s James Bond reboot, Casino Royale.
While this is not a martial arts movie, it is an action film. Jackie Chan does get the opportunity to showcase his adept stunt and fighting skills in the numerous fighting and chase scenes. As always his fight scenes are interesting and well-choreographed.
I highly recommend The Foreigner. It is worth the investment of your time.