Movie Review: THE FOREIGNER
Star Rating (out of 5): **
The Foreigner is one of Jacky Chan’s rare shots at making a gritty flick. Unfortunately, there’s not enough of him in it. The film takes a look at muddy Irish politics and a badass Jackie hellbent on revenge for the traumatic loss of his daughter, who was killed by Irish terrorists.
The Foreigner’s visceral fight scenes and stunts serve the gritty tone well. Jackie Chan kicks ass, his acting performance is solid, considering that he’s never allowed to be funny in this one.
There’s a lot that could have been explored in this story, but instead we get caught up in a web of wasted ideas. This leads to a pretty boring movie, which focuses mostly on the politics without saying much that you didn’t already know. Pierce Brosnan basically plays Jackie Chan’s arch nemesis. All this guy does is talk with an annoyingly harmless Irish accent. The man’s role is 99.999 percent dialogue. Also, none of the fights are long enough.
The Foreigner is purely wasted potential, making the least of its interesting themes and characters, and its star Jackie Chan.