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Review The Big Sick (2017): Enjoyable but not a laugh riot as advertised!

genre: comedy, drama, romance

The Big Sick is about the unusual love story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gardner. Emily contracts a mysterious illness and is put in a medically induced coma so that they have more time to find out what she has and to cure her. Kumail then is forced to face and spent time with her parents he desperately tried to avoid when Emily and he were together. They had broken up because of Kumail's inability to make the necessary steps to make their relationship happen. Mostly out of fear to be cast out by his Pakistani (Muslim) family for choosing a white woman.

In several interviews Kumail (who is telling his own life story) claimed and guaranteed that the film was mainly a comedy and would provide a lot of laughs despite the relative heavy topics. And yes I can't deny that The Big Sick has some hilarious moments. But to say that it was a non stop laugh riot I will have to disagree. For the most part The Big Sick is a dramatic story made light with some comedic and romantic moments. It's not your typical feel good romcom. I knew how it would end and still the film made it seem like that outcome would not happen. It did of course but like literally in the last minute. Leaving very little space to show us the happy events after which I thought was the whole point in the first place.

There were two elements that made this film stand out from the typical fare. The cultural element where Kumail has to deal with his mother (played by Zenobia Shroff)  and her attempts to hook him up with some nice Pakistani brides. All of them were beautiful, intelligent and much more. But of course like with most arranged marriage set ups the one and only element that counts, "love", is not there. Since his heart already was taken. Some of these brides were really forthcoming and sweet. Like they made sure to have watched Kumail's favourite show The X-Files with very hilarious results. At the same time it pointed out some of the tragic elements concerning arranged marriages. Although very briefly. BTW Zenobia Shroff certainly is one of the highlights in the film since she is very funny in her demeanour and delivery of the lines. Then there is the relationship between Kumail and Emily's parents. The father is played by Ray Romano and the mother by Holly Hunter.  At first they are very sceptical of him but gradually they learn to like and appreciate him. Both Romano and Hunter were excellent. It is during this time that Kumail realizes how much he loves Emily and that she is the one. But does Emily still feel the same?

It is too bad that The Big Sick never truly gets deeper into the issues that are raised. For me those were the most interesting. Same goes for the film not spending time on showing us the aftermath and sharing the happy moments. It would have been fun to see how and when the Pakistani parents would get used to Kumail's defiance. Perhaps that is reserved for a future sequel maybe? 

So yes The Big Sick certainly is enjoyable only not nearly the laugh riot as advertised. 

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Review Assault on Precinct 13 (1976): Totally annihilates the remake in case you were wondering!

genre: action, crime, thriller

It took me 41 years to watch this film and I wished I had done so much sooner. Not only does Assault on Precinct 13 hold up after all these years it undeniably is one of the coolest films I have seen in my lifetime.

Writer / Director John Carpenter himself confirmed he was heavily influenced by Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. I have seen many interviews where Carpenter had stated that wanted to make a Western but at that time the genre wasn't that popular any more so he hid one in an action exploitation film which back then was huge. Main character Ethan Bishop (Austin Stoker) confirms this in a scene where he realizes and states that he is in the middle of a siege. I am not sure if I have seen Rio Bravo. If I did it must have been when I was really young. But you can be sure I will definitely watch it sooner than later. Although it is not necessary to appreciate this film. Nor is it necessary to watch Night of the Living Dead. But it does add to the viewing experience. Especially if you recognize the similarities in how the gang members are portrayed. They are silent, relentless and there are many of them. They easily could have been zombies.

What really stood out for me was the relationship that is developed between police officer Ethan Bishop and Napoleon Wilson. Ethan treats Napoleon with respect throughout the film. Contrary to how other officers have treated him. In return Napoleon does the same. We are made aware of the fact that Napoleon is a ruthless killer and very much hated by almost everyone. At first glance he doesn't seem to be that threatening but there is an air of mystery and unpredictability surrounding him that makes him a very compelling character. Darwin Joston certainly contributed to that with his charm and fearlessness. He doesn't seem to be that much bothered by the dire situation he is in but he is very aware that if he doesn't side with Bishop that he probably won't survive. Bishop is very practical also. He doesn't get too hung up about Napoleon being a ruthless criminal since he needs him to defend the remaining people in the almost abandoned police station. He is also a very honourable man since he doesn't give up on Lawson ( a father who killed a gang member after they had murdered his daughter in cold blood). Bishop doesn't even know this fact but all he knows that he is a man who is being hunted by gang members and that he needs his protection no matter what.

Another character that made an impression on me was Lauri Zimmer as Leigh. She adapts to the dire situation quite well and stays calm and composed and even dishes out pain when needed. In one scene she gets shot and instead of panicking and crying she kills her assailant like a champ. I was stunned to find out that she only has done five films before she retired from acting. She now is a teacher. As far as I am concerned she is one of the best actresses this planet has ever produced.

So why does this annihilatie the remake? I remember having seen the remake and remember the actors who were in it but everything else is a blur. If there was anything memorable I would not have forgotten. That is how I roll. The original however is filled with classic and memorable moments that still hold up today. Just thinking and writing this review makes me want to watch the film again. A true classic.

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Review Backdraft (1991): A Ron Howard classic!

genre: action, drama, mystery, thriller

The first time I saw Backdraft I was on the edge of my seat throughout the film. Next to drama about the brothers McCaffrey it was also a whodunnit. A very thrilling and exciting one. But how does it hold up once you have seen it already?

I think I must have watched this more than ten times throughout the years and each time I did it evoke emotions at the same spots apart from finding out the culprit behind the fires. Once you know you can't help but look for signs and the red herrings to see if they match up with the outcome. Then you realize that the thriller elements probably could have used a little more attention since Backdraft takes some leaps in logic and neglects to give you more misdirections. A little more complexity and psychology would have certainly made the thriller elements more interesting with multiple viewings. 

Fortunately it doesn't detract from Backdraft's real strength. The drama and the spectacle. I wonder what firemen think of this film? I am sure that there are a lot of inaccuracies but even I was impressed with how the firemen were portrayed. They are shown as godlike heroes who go above and beyond to do their job. Now I happen to agree with that to an extent since they do go into dangerous and hazardous situations regularly to save people. How can you not respect and admire that? In Backdraft the firemen have to deal with the beast or animal as fire is called like it's a living and breathing creature. I found this aspect to be very compelling as the film shows you many moment where the fire does act like a character. Director Ron Howard wanted to use CGI but he decided to scrap that idea since it simply didn't look good enough. They went practical and used real fire. They made it do things unlike we had seen before. Even today it looks incredible and impressive. I just found myself marvel at the magnificence. And then to have our main characters deal with this beast only adds to the excitement. While I wished they would have deepened the relationship between the brothers McCaffrey played by William Baldwin and Kurt Russel more you do buy them as brothers who are at odds with each other. Robert De Niro as Donald Rimgale was excellent. As was Donald Sutherland as pyromaniac Ronald. 

Backdraft is being accused of having too many subplots. In hindsight a case could be made for that although I do think that because of the subplots you get to know what the main characters are about. Stephen McCaffrey (Kurt Russel) at one point is seen as a leader who takes unnecessary risks. He is a man who keeps most of his true emotions bottled up behind this bravado and machismo. It makes sense to me that he would choose his wife to open up. Even when their marriage is troubled. BTW Kurt Russel steals the show in every scene he is in. His demeanour and intensity actually make you root for him even when he is a big jerk a lot of times.

For me personally Backdraft has resonated with me every time I watched it. There is something magical about the courage and heroism displayed on the screen. It certainly is incredibly spectacular. How anyone could think this is bad or boring is beyond me. 

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Review Psych: The Movie (2017): Glad to see the gang back again but I can't deny that I was a little disappointed with the overall result!

genre: comedy, crime, mystery

Psych was a very creative and funny spin on the crime genre that was built on the great chemistry between James Roday and Dulé Hill. The two together made the show what it was. But like a lot of successful shows they lost their way and forgot about that and made other elements more prominent. So when the show ended I wasn't particularly sad to see it go like I normally am when shows finish. Still the idea of Psych coming back as a TV movie made me happy because that could become a regular thing especially if it would bring the magic that once was. 

Unfortunately this isn't the case. The whole movie was disappointing. It was fun to see most characters from the show return. And the banter between Shawn and Gus easily was the best the movie had to offer. But other than that it wasn't that good. In the later seasons of the show they made the mystery element more important which sometimes really worked well since it added genuine thrills and suspense next to the comedy. However more than I would like to it detracted from the comedy. I didn't mind the more dramatic episodes since they only made you love the characters more. What I did find annoying was the fact that it got in the way of how Shawn and Gus interacted. The focus was on the mystery and the dynamics between Shawn and Gus seemed like an afterthought. Actually a lot of the interactions between Shawn, Gus and other characters was what gave the show it's edge. In this movie these interactions are only present for the sake of nostalgia without giving us the wit and clever jokes that usually were part of these interactions. This becomes apparent in the way Shawn's father is treated. In the early seasons Shawn and his father (Corbin Bernsen) also had some interesting dynamics. They emphasized Shawn's unique crime solving skills compared to that of a veteran cop. Plus I liked the relationship they had. The father always acted like Shawn was a pain while in truth he was very proud. Now you didn't get anything that came close to it. All you got was how the father had mellowed out and that he is not the same guy we knew. I don't know it just felt that the writers couldn't be bothered to give us the characters we learned to love. But then the mystery itself was hardly compelling or one that you could take seriously. Psych always was a comedy but it did have moments where things could get real. In this movie this never happens. Almost like you are never supposed to like it's one big joke. 

I never watched Psych for the mysteries. For me it was about Shawn and Gus and how they solved those crimes. So any time when you shift away the focus from that you shoot yourself in the foot. I like it that through these TV movies these beloved characters can live on but then they should go back to what made the show great in the first place.

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Review Go Goa Gone (2013): One of the first Indian zombie flicks and I'll be damned it's actually entertaining!

genre: comedy, horror, action

Go Goa Gone is one of the first zombie films made in India 2013. I guess they thought it was about time to venture in that genre. And I must say that I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. 

Now you do have to realize that this is not a fresh or creative take on zombies. So if you were hoping for that I will have to disappoint you. But seeing how this is the one of the first excursions into the genre they probably want to ease people into these types of films. So you see the film explain the basics of zombies and how to deal with them. It's actually one of the elements that makes this film even funnier. Like a comedic take on The Walking Dead where in that universe they did not even made films about zombies because it's a completely new phenomenon for them. Although Go Goa Gone doesn't go that far because the main characters in the film are aware of the creatures and films but never paid much attention to them. To be frank Indian horror films are a rarity. Not sure why exactly but perhaps one day the audience will warm up to those and we will see more being made. 

A lot of people compare this to Shaun of the Dead. It's been a real while I have seen that one and I do remember liking it but to be honest I do feel it's a bit overrated. So whenever another film mixes up comedy with zombies you have people compare it to that film and of course Go Goa Gone won't be able to live up to it. What this film does achieve is to provide comedy that people can relate to. In this case the three friends Luv (Vir Das), Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Bunny (Anand Tiwari) who are joined by Luna (Puja Gupta) and Boris played by bollywood star Saif Ali Khan. Both Luv and Hardik take advantage of Bunny and mostly give the impression they leech of him instead of being real good friends. But because of the dire events they find themselves in we get to see other sides to them. Most of the comedy is based on the dynamics between these characters and how they deal with the new threat. They are very likeable characters and you don't want to see them get hurt even if at one point they act like total buffoons and don't prepare themselves properly. 

The ending hints to a sequel that unfortunately has not been made yet but it has been confirmed that it's coming. I for one am looking forward to it. Go Goa Gone is a very adequate, funny and entertaining zombie flick. Sometimes that is all I ask for.

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My thoughts on the midseason finales of Arrowverse (SPOILERS)

Arrow S06E09: Irreconcilable Differences

I really love the shows in Arrowverse but sometimes I really can't stand the horrendous writing just to keep it edgy and dramatic. I mean how many more times must The Green Arrow's identity become a problem for Oliver Queen to deal with. It has happened a million times already. It's boring, tedious and completely distracts from the crime fighting and more important events. Then another recurring theme. Betrayal. The whole point of a team is that you work together because you have each other's trust. But ever since Oliver has the team there have been members betraying that trust on a whim and then magically that trust gets restored again because the writers say so. Now granted the way they did it this time where Cayden James is the puppeteer of all the wrong doings was a nice touch however that doesn't excuse the writers from the fact that they let members like Rene act out of character. Just like the characters in the show we the audience also need to be able to rely on them unless you have a very good reason for us not to. In this case I don't think they did this. Obviously things look dire now and naturally it will get resolved quickly after the break. Still the writers really need to stop resorting to the overused themes and try to do new things. 

The Flash S04E09 Don't Run

So far I have not been that impressed with this season. I don't think The Thinker is really compelling as the main villain. Even with the moves he pulled I find myself disinterested and hope it will improve. I am getting a little tired of Team Flash being so easily owned while by now they should be more vigilant and efficient. Killer Frost very easily could overpower Amunet Black but somehow she keeps forgetting her true strength. I am sure that is due to limits budget wise and not the quality of the writing. I also don't get why first they made a big deal about Wally but then want us to completely forget about him like he never existed. It's that kind of writing that annoys the hell out of me. Now Barry Allen is in trouble because of the super smart chess tactics thought up by The Thinker. While I have to admit I didn't see the twist coming I wasn't wowed in the least. Because there is very little logic tied to his actions. It's just because the writers say it's clever instead of actually writing something clever. Big difference.

 Legends of Tomorrow S03E09 Beebo the God of War

Despite the writers mocking vikings I thoroughly enjoyed this episode since the members especially Jefferson are dealing with the death of Stein. I disliked him leaving the team though. But Constatine showing up made me real happy. It would be real awesome if he will be part of the Legends for a while. And who knows this might lead to him getting his own show again. It would expand and enrich Arrowverse considerably. So make that happen. And it was nice to see Ava Sharpe finally mellowing out a bit. Not sure if that is because she likes Sarah. But it doesn't matter. Most important is that the Legends finally get the respect they deserve. 

Supergirl S03E09 Reign

Have yet to watch it but will give my thoughts on it once I have done so.

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Review Vixen: The Movie (2017): Decent and entertaining origin story where familiar superheroes from Arrowverse make an appearance!

genre: animation, comic book adaptation, superhero

Originally Vixen was an animated web series that spun off from Arrow. It consisted of two seasons. Warner Brothers decided to combine these two seasons and add an extra fifteen minutes of story resulting in Vixen: The Movie. Basically it's the origin story of Vixen set in Arrowverse. (So don't be surprised to see some familiar superheroes make their appearance.) It was stated that if the series was successful it could lead a new live action series. Vixen (voiced and played by Megalyn Echikunwoke) was also intended to be featured in the second season of Legends of Tomorrow but due to previous commitments this never happened. They opted for Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe. the grandmother of Mari McCabe (Megalyn Echikunwoke) who also is named Vixen. Seeing how Amaya's storyline is quite essential in the third season of Legends of Tomorrow this animated movie got my interest.

So what do I think of it? I liked it. Sure it's a little rough around the edges and the animation might not always be top notch but the story came across just fine and in the end isn't that what it's about? This animated movie really felt like a special event in Arrowverse where a lot of familiar characters like The Flash and The Green Arrow have their parts to play. But what made this even more special was the fact that they were actually voiced by the actors of the live action shows. You can tell that for some actors this was something they had to get used to still the voice acting was adequate enough. 

As one would expect this animated DC movie set in Arrowverse like the shows is action packed. I am not entirely sure if they actually would have the budget to recreate all the powers displayed in a live action show but it was nice to see what Vixen is capable of. She is far more powerful than previously shown. More important Vixen does real superhero things like rescuing people from robbers and thieves. An element I find incredibly important. It makes her instantly likeable and why you will root for her throughout her adventures. They probably could have gone a little deeper into her roots although I have the suspicion we will eventually in future episodes of Legends of Tomorrow.

If it were up to me the live action Vixen would already be a reality. At this point I am fully embracing the expansion of the already quite huge Arrowverse. So bring it on!

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Review Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (TV Movie 2017): Sharknado just went all dark and apocalyptic!

genre: science fiction, horror, adventure

By now you should be pretty aware what you are in for. Only this time the scale of events are bigger. Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) literally jumps from country to country in this one very randomly. Like previous films this fifth part is purposely bad but with added layers of badness on top. There are some real cringe worthy moments that are incredibly delightful and horrible at the same time. But no doubt you will be laughing your ass off most of the time.

Like the fourth predicted Nova (Cassandra Scerbo) returned and made me instantly happy. It is however unfortunate we don't actually get to see her do the most badass things we know her for. Strangely enough that is reserved for Tara Reid's character and don't want to be mean or anything but has she gone full retard or what? She is wooden as hell and delivers her lines like she is still rehearsing them. And when she delivers them she looks like a mentally handicapped person who has no clue what is going on. I didn't like it one bit that she stole the thunder away from Nova ass kicking wise. Still acting wise Nova is far superior plus she actually makes it seem that she is a character that belongs in the crazy world of Skarknado. All this time I thought that Reid had to get used to the idea and it certainly looked like she did in previous Sharknado. But instead of embracing it more she reverted. She is not even giving a damn any more it seem which is weird since she did sign up to be executive producer next to starring in it.

Then they do something unforgivable and I was genuinely distraught. Why god why? From all the things they could have done they resort to this level of cruelty. Etiquette prevents me from spoiling it but be prepared for some real tragedies. But just when I thought Sharknado: Global Swarming went too far it redeemed itself with it's ending which brings me to the multitude of cameo's. There were a couple I recognized but the majority were unknown to me. Chris Katan, Olivia Newton John,  Tony Hawk and Samantha Fox were the most prominent ones. And one other but it's so awesome that it's best to leave it as a surprise.

Overall this fifth part tried to deliver the same Sharknado antics plus add some new and creative elements to keep it fresh. For the most part they succeeded. Although they really have to let Tara Reid be and not cast her any more because she almost ruined the viewing experience for me. I want more  Cassandra Scerbo as Nova. I also have to point out that this purposely bad disaster film puts Geostorm to shame. I mean think about that for a minute.

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Review Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983): Ewoks rule!

genre: action, adventure, science fiction

A lot of fans seem to despise Ewoks. While at first glance they do seem a little out of place there are some redeeming elements to them. For some reason George Lucas wanted these creatures in Return of the Jedi and I was and still have no problem with it whatsoever.

Because in my opinion these little cuddly and fuzzy creatures are easily one of the most dangerous species in the Star Wars universe. They are very effective killers. Their spears and arrows never miss their target. Most targets are dead before they know it. And they have no problems whatsoever eating their enemies. Somehow people get hung up on their cuteness that they completely forget how bllood thirsty they are. They rarely are considered a threat until it's far too late. In my opinion they are far more dangerous than any Jedi or Sith Lord. So to say that they were put in to sell toys is doing them a big injustice. Some fans can't belief that these little creatures were able to overpower the most evil and sophisticated armies with ease. You obviously weren't paying attention that is the whole point of the Ewoks. They were so deadly and efficient because they made use of guerilla tactics. The same tactics used against the Americans by the Vietnamese in the Vietnam War.. So that is why the Ewoks are a good addition to the franchise.

Whereas The Empire Strikes Back was very dark and bleak Return of the Jedi is the part where the rebels are beating and overpowering all the adversaries in their way. Luke's skills have improved and sets out to right the wrongs that have been done to him and his friends. It's sheer joy to see him be the Jedi Knight he aspired to be. Even when he himself thinks he has yet to complete his training. After rescuing Han Solo in spectacular fashion he returns to a very sickly Yoda who is dying. One of the most sad moments in the franchise. He does inform Luke that he has nothing to teach him and that Luke will be a Jedi Master once he defeats Darth Vader. Luke knows deep down he is capable of doing that but he is not willing because he refuses to believe that his father can't be redeemed. For me this always was the most interesting in Star Wars. It's relatively easy to be angry and give into hate. But it's so much harder to love, forgive and be positive. If there was any doubt then now you got your proof that the light side is always stronger than the dark side.

Naturally The Return of the Jedi ends with the long awaited victory and celebrations. The rebels had fought hard and bested the evil Empire. Then why oh why would they let all of it go to hell in The Force Awakens with wannabe Empire called The First Order. Explain that to me?  Just makes my blood boil. Anyway The Return of the Jedi is a good conclusion that has a lot to offer spectacle and drama wise and makes you feel good at the end. What more do you want?

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Review The Punisher Season 1: Not exactly what I hoped it would be but adequate enough!

genre: comic book adaptation, crime, action

Daredevil Season 2 gave us the latest incarnation of The Punisher being played by John Bernthal. He was phenomenal and I was very much looking forward for to learn more about him and what would make him tick after his vendetta was over. Apparently his vendetta was far from over and we have to wait for season 2 for Netflix to actually give us something fresh and new.

This first season is filled with brutal violence and some punishments. Certainly gratifying. But these elements can't hide that there is very little story and substance to The Punisher. There are hardly any surprises. And almost everything can be predicted right from the start. The biggest problem for me is the fact that Frank Castle is still in the middle of his own vendetta and has barely evolved from the little adventure he had in Hell's Kitchen. Almost like that never happened. Even when they reference to it whenever they can. We know this story already. As tragic and dramatic as it is, for me it's not that compelling any more. Perhaps this is why the show also has a subplot about another soldier suffering from PTSD. A huge distraction that feels like filler which has very little to no impact on the main story at all. Why not give us The Punisher and his never ending quest to antihalte every criminal element that deserves it? And then have friends and allies discuss his methods. Or why not introduce a villain so evil and brutal that would actually make people cheer for Frank Castle to save the day? Because is that not the real threat or fear normal citizens have? That one day we lose our faith in the law and take it in our own hands. The majority of the villains in this show are too nice and friendly for my taste. Even the main ones weren't nearly as conniving and despicable as they could have been.

Another problem is that none of the characters we are introduced to add something significant substance wise. You pretty much know what you need at their introduction and don't really have that much depth to them. Except Ben Barnes as Billy Russo was compelling but they didn't went deep enough. If you aren't familiar with the comics then his name won't mean a lot. But if you did see the films then his name might ring a bell. If for some reason you still are in the dark then the finale will make it very obvious who Billy Russo is supposed to be. They changed his origin story to perhaps give it more impact and who knows that might happen. Doesn't negate the fact that the whole main plot could have been resolved in 4 or 5 episodes. Since this season consists of 13 episodes that means a lot of padding had to be done and that is exactly what it feels like. It takes far too long for events to happen and when they do they don't move along as fast as they should. The only reason you don't get super bored is because of the acting and some nice dynamics between the characters. And the brutal action of course.

I liked the David Lieberman storyline. How he was in the same boat as Frank but went about his revenge the best way he could. At least he had a real goal you can root for. I am a little torn. On the one hand I did find some enjoyment. On the other hand I feel like they haven't brought us anything new or fresh. It could very well be that The Punisher doesn't work on his own and that another hero is needed to show the contrast. Maybe Season 2 will deliver what I hoped for. For now The Punisher was adequate enough.

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Review The Foreigner (2017): One of the better films Jackie Chan has made recently but could have been far better!

genre: action, crime, thriller, drama

The Foreigner is not the revenge film as advertised. So for people expecting a Taken like film where Jackie Chan goes on a rampage beating and killing men are going to be disappointed. However there is a seriousness and grittiness to the film that suits the older Jackie Chan and I am hoping he will continue that trend.

As for the movie itself it starts real good. It doesn't waste time to present us the tragedy and how Jackie Chan's character Quan deals with it. Quan's daughter gets killed in a bombing which of course devastates him and beckons him to come into action. He requests the authorities to look for the culprits and punish them. While the people have sympathy for his plight and do seem to be on top of everything they are a little obstructed by politics and other interests. Quan discovers that the Irish deputy minister Liam Henessy played by Pierce Brosnan knows more than he is letting on and pushes him to spill the beans about who is behind the terrorist attack. Up until this point we don't really know how much Brosnan's character knows but like the other authorities don't seem to take Quan that seriously until he makes him. I have to admit that they did a good job of making it seem that Jackie Chan was out of control. His character truly is going above and beyond to do what it takes to get his revenge. For a brief moment you also feel sorry for Brosnan's character because it does look like he is doing what he cans. Except Quan is not buying it. I am not going to lie the darker Jackie certainly is one of the highlights and it definitely is rare to see him like this. And actually it was all I wanted.

But then the film gets too ambitious for it's own good and then focuses on the political intrigue concerning Hennessy which was interesting as a small side plot but nearly not adequate enough as the main plot. It is at this point that Quan becomes a side character and Brosnan becomes the lead in a tale of betrayal and murder that is far too predictable and bland to offer any real surprises. I understand that this film is based on a book so it probably tried to do it justice. But seeing how it's an older book there is some disconnect between current times and the political situation then. Whatever the motivation I found it less compelling than the prospect of Chan going ballistic and taking it real far in order to get his vengeance. The prospect of Brosnan and Jackie being involved some cat and mouse play was far more interesting to me. So why weren't they the main focus?   

Despite this huge flaw Jackie Chan does show he is still capable of delivering pain but more so proves that he is indeed a good actor when given good material to work with. I hope we get to see more of this Jackie Chan. So overall well worth your time but it will be a little underwhelming if you were hoping for a Death Wish with Chan in the Charles Bronson role

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