This one peaked my curiosity at the time, but I missed out on the chance to catch it in theaters, and haven't really looked back until now. It struck me as what could probably be a really good revenge movie, and with Jackie Chan in the lead, how could you go wrong with its badassery?
Minh Quan (Chan) lives a peaceful life, with his daughter, Fan (Katie Leung). For work, he runs a Chinese restaurant with his business partner, Lam (Tao Liu). Things are going pretty well for the lot of them, but things hit the ground running at mach speed when Fan is killed in a bombing incident, while shopping.
This, of course, puts our revenge story on track, as Quan does everything in his power to try to get the names of the bombers. Starting, and failing, with Scotland Yard, his next big focus is the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan), who Quan catches speaking publicly about being a former IRA leader, but condemning the bombing.
The "Authentic IRA" claim the bombing, and the combination of events leads Quan to Belfast to find Hennessy, and take things into his own hands, stopping at nothing to try to get Hennessy to admit that he knows the names of the bombers - and when I say stopping at nothing, I mean it. This guy does not take "no" for an answer if he suspects anything you might be hiding from him.
While it is a Jackie Chan movie, and he does still show us that he's definitely still got it, I can honestly say that it doesn't feel like it used to be. And listen, that's perfectly fine. Chan has worked incredibly hard for decades, and into his 60's by this point. The guy deserves our praise for providing us with so much awesomeness for as long as he's lasted in the acting game. But if you're looking for a lot of his epic moves, you might be a little disappointed.
With that said, that's also just not the kind of movie this is. It's more of a suspense thriller, and Chan does things more stealthily and methodically here that usual. The film is much darker than his regular stuff, and we get to see a different, more dramatic side to him here. It's still very entertaining, it's just very different than his usual gig.
I'm glad I finally watched it, but I dunno if I really got a hell of a lot out of it. It's good for what it is, and if you're looking for a movie where Jackie Chan changes it up a bit, it's a good one to check out. But overall, I found it to be a little hard to follow (at least for me), often getting into Irish politics and such, and yeah, political thrillers are not my idea of a good time (although I understand I'm an odd one out here). As an action/suspense/thriller/revenge film, it's not bad, but movies like 'John Wick' otherwise exist, and I personally just have more fun with those. Still, it's perfectly passable, and others might get more out of it than me.