The Foreigner (2017)

“Politicians and terrorists, they are just two ends of the same snake.”

What’s it about?

A Chinese chef named Quan goes on a rampage when his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack. His mission is simple: find the bombers and make them pay. So, in other words, this is a one-man vendetta movie.

Who’s in it?

Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan (AKA the sleaziest James Bond in history), Cho Chang from Harry Potter, Roose Bolton from Game of Thrones, and many lesser-known actors.

Why should I watch it?

+ Jackie Chan is the man
+ It’s from the director of Casino Royale
+ There’s a lot of great fights, explosions and general badassery
+ Not your typical kung-fu action movie
+ Chan has been cast against the type as an anti-hero
+ He’s far removed from his comedic roles
+ The fight scenes are more ragged and less “professional”
+ With more emphasis on gritty realism
+ But less on character development
+ The acting is pretty good all-around
+ Pierce Brosnan plays an Irish politician
+ Think of him as a darker, more cynical version of Gerry Adams
+His performance is great, though
+ It’s just a little weird seeing a former James Bond in that kind of role.
+ For an action movie, there’s a surprising amount of politics involved
+ It makes you think
+ Just a little
+ But it’s mostly no-nonsense, edge-of-your-seat drama and action

Why Shouldn’t I watch it?

–  There are no surprises
– Really, none.
-The characters make some strange decisions.
– Jackie Chan goes missing for large periods and the film starts focusing on other characters instead
– It’s quite grim in places
– Too much politics, perhaps?

Anything else?

This is a bracing, intense actioner with old-fashioned thrills. I love these kinds of movies once in a while. The Foreigner is entertaining and not too much effort to get into. Seeing Jackie Chan go head to head with Pierce Brosnan is a lot of fun. The Foreigner is a popcorn wonder!

7/10

You might also like:
Taken
John Wick
Atomic Blonde

If you enjoyed this review, you can read my other reviews at Motion Picture Blog.

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