Jackie Chan returns to the action genre with his worst film to date – so far! The tone is consistent with most of Chan's slapstick comedy films, with our hero Foh To managing to come back from a serious car accident and subsequently being chauffeured around to various races, none of which are particularly exciting, martial arts-wise. The action isn't awful, but modern audiences will find it generic and uninspiring - there are far fewer fights now than there were in the original, and the fistfights have been dumbed down. And even the vehicular action isn't up to normal standards - apart from a couple of different chase scenes at the start and the end of the film (the other car chases are too generic and ordinary) you can say goodbye to bloody matters. The money shot has always been one of the most poignant moments of a Jackie Chan film - even in the first film he seemed to be able to deliver these without the need for vulgar gimmicks. Here it is a couple of standard head-on collisions with standard headbutt and bouncy humour. It's safe to say that a different action director would have been much more effective in terms of setting the picture apart from others. Other than the fight scenes, it is generally a bit of fun. Chan is back, and audiences are about to be broken in yet again.
This Jackie Chan classic has lost none of its appeal but the most you can say about this action sequel is it's average. Chan partners an undercover cop with devastating results. It's a cat and mouse game with the bad guys, but fast and furious. As usual Chan is strong in the fight scenes but it isn't enough for things to really shake up. Wren looks great in a few skydiving stunt scenes and Minoru Shibuya is every bit a Curt Janssen (a high-level martial artist so it makes sense he's a part of the plot here). A showcase for an all-star Chinese cast. One achievement is that Chan's Dan Ching-dao as the cop's (Darien Spencer) partner is actually believably competent. Another, think it's safe to say, is the jaw-dropping, entirely reasoned, revenge motive of the aforementioned Curt Janssen. For the love of all that's good this should be a classic. d2c66b5586