The Foreigner
Year:
2017
Country:
USA, UK, China
Genre:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action, Mystery
IMDB rating:
7.1
Director:
Martin Campbell
Jackie Chan as Quan Ngoc Minh
Caolan Byrne as McCormick (as Caolán Byrne)
Donna Bernard as Channel A News Anchor
John Cronin as Denis Fisher
Charlie Murphy as Maggie / Sara McKay
Aaron Monaghan as Pat Nugent
Orla Brady as Mary Hennessy
Rufus Jones as Ian Wood
Mark Tandy as Simpson
Lia Williams as Katherine Davies
David Pearse as Billy McMahon
Michael McElhatton as Jim Kavanagh
Pierce Brosnan as Liam Hennessy
Storyline: The story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love - his teenage daughter - is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat- and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.
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Reviews
We have our own incomprehension
When I just finished watching advance screening couple days ago, I wasn't fully satisfied at first. Because I don't use to the accent nor knew well about the history. For the film, it did not introduce much about historical background, or personal background. But after I read some history of Ireland and the British, I have to say now everything makes sense. However, the depth of the story above the general understanding of most of audience. And the film seems to default to the audience to know the background. As an action and thrill movie, that might be hard to persuade audience to buy popcorn for it. It was released about two weeks earlier in China than North America. Douban score is about equal to the IMDb score. As a fan of Jackie Chan and 007, in my viewpoint, most of us give high scores to excellent performances for the actors. Obviously, audiences who doesn't rank it high say that they didn't seem to get the point too much. Similar situation as Ang Lee's Lust, Caution releasing in North America, the audience asks WHY! and WHAT! Personally speaking, not just history, but also something like science and high technology, niche hobbies need film makers to tell customer why it is interesting. Every region or person has stories that worth to tell, but without scenario analysis, people just see it like general.

Que(Jackie Chan), as a Chinese immigrant, stable life in western countries is not easy to achieve for him. If terrorist attack made he lost the only and most important focus of life, his spiritual world would collapse. As Buddhist attitude, all the toil of a life is in vain. Therefore, all the crazy and strange ways of revenge would choose by him. Yas, he has no other way to go.

Jackie Chan's acting is his realism. He usually does not take the realistic style that much and this refreshing is linked for many years out. Do you remember how Jackie Chan acts in his previous films? He falls down, he makes fun with enemies and throw little items as weapons. But trust me you will feel "hurt in your body" this time. Every awkward moving, heavenly falling down make you couldn't recognize this Jackie Chan but a Dad. Maybe his art film there will be surprises too.

Another main character, Liam, Irish Politician, Pierce Bronan, 007 , I saw half way and felt he was so bad luck. Smart and decisive, and also in the executive. "All the toil of a life is in vain" is also for him. He doesn't want to see innocent families are killed by boobs. He doesn't able to not obey to the government. He doesn't like his mistress is a spy. He doesn't feel happy that his wife two times on him with his nephew so unhappy! These are showing up step by step by a foreigner's trouble, from the beginning to the end. So don't think you are smart as God!

The nephew, Sean, Rory Fleck Byrne, is a typical hot soldier. Our industry people all LOL when it shows him making out with his aunt. I also shouted in silence my heart, Come On Do it!!! The wife, aunt, Mary, Orla Brady is a more than wise woman, betraying her husband engage in terrorist attacks and make her looks 100% innocent. Treat to the nephew is clearly not the first time. I boldly think, when 007 starts with pretty mistress, in the same time Mary dates Sean. The arrangement of UDI is really not leaky.

There is also a question that why the terrorists kill people to chase independence? It can be said that the lives of innocent people could give the government huge pressure of public opinion. For example, a single woman waiting in the subway station is sexually harassed by a bad man. And the security police are steps away. Single women will ask the police for help. And if the police ignore it, passengers will be immediately by the police and judge as angered. As a result, the police lost tracking of another bad guy.
2017-10-06
You're never too old to get even!
One of the best performances by Jackie Chan that I've seen him give. He portrays a father living in London with his daughter, and she is killed in a bombing. He is relentless, methodical, and a force to be reckoned with, even in his sixties, as he seeks to find those responsible. The background to his character has equipped him for this journey. This film has plenty of action, with an interesting story, and some good acting. To quote Val Kilmer in Tombstone, "On, make no mistake. It's not revenge he's after. It's a reckoning."
2017-10-13
Could be much better
gave this movie a 5 star because that's what it deserves. Some bad acting,Some bad accents and some doesn't make any sense story writing.

this movie has potential but unfortunately it doesn't live up to what it could be.

If u are a Jackie Chan fan that just waited to see an OK movie this movie is for u but don't expect to see a quality movie.
2017-11-29
This film and..
kung fu yoga have been two of Jackies best films for quite some time. Whereas yoga is more in line with his recent comedy adventure films, it's enjoyable whereas this movie proves that Jackie can still make more gritty hard edged films successfully. There's a healthy dose of realism in this film , which is far removed from anything Hollywood puts out with a strong performance from the supporting cast especially Pierce Brosnan. Go and see it, it's a good movie.
2017-11-11
The best of all worlds
This is not just a good Jackie Chan movie. This is a very good movie with Jackie Chan. It's also one of the best Pierce Brosnan movies in years. The complex plot involving Northern Irish terrorists is understandable and comes together well and yet is easy to grasp by the viewer.

The bombs in London are quite scary considering what has been going on recently.

The pace is good and the exciting story never feels formula. Jackie plays a father with a set of skills but unlike Liam Neeson in Taken he clearly does his own stunts and the fight scenes are remarkable for someone his age. Pierce Brosnan gets one of his best and most complex roles for a while playing a politician who is a a not quite totally evil villain.

A good combination of a Chinese produced movie, directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell of Golden Eye and Mask of Zorro, and based on a story written by a British novelist. The best of all worlds.
2017-10-13
Brilliant
Very moving and powerful movie from the start, till the end,Jackie Chan plays a excellent roll, worthy of a Oscar in my opinion, if you expect to see loads of martial arts well you would be disappointed, Well worth watching. I wont give any spoilers as it would be better for you to watch it yourself's and make your own mind up, I really didn't think that Jackie Chan could play a straight role, however he has proved me wrong this time.
2017-12-01
Very Entertaining
No doubt many will be drawn to the movie by Jackie Chan. It's not a Jackie Chan movie in the traditional sense and he's not the main player in this.

What we have is a political drama, and a decent one at that. Some old hands in the directors chair and the acting roles make for an entertaining romp, albeit a serious one.

Don't expect comedy from Jackie, this is played straight and his role is more on the outskirts of the main drama, although it's certainly integral to the film.

Well worth watching, but don't expect Jackie Chan style fights all the time, although he has his moments. It really makes a change to see him working with a decent director for a change. More please.
2017-12-06
Like a Jackie Chan inspired episode of Spooks
If you aren't accustomed to Spooks, it's a British series about MI5 Spies. Many of the episodes focused on the IRA, and if Jackie Chan (or Quan) had been recruited in an episode, this is what the result would have been.

The Foreigner is much more a thriller than an action film, and Jackie Chan's screen time is not as much as you'd assume, but it actually makes it a better film as it shows a guy caught up in a world he is not part of(albeit one he can destroy with some crazy marine training), rather than a traditional revenge film which follows the revenge seeker. The film is centred around Pierce Brosnan's character and the mirroring of trying to sort the mess a terrorist attack causes, but from the other end of the snake.

The filming is classically British, and the explosions may not live upto purists standards, but make no mistake, this is an amazing film. The plot twists will keep you hooked and the cat and mouse genre is refreshed by a really great script.

It's a shame this isn't coming to British cinemas, but at the same time, I am glad I watched it on a TV, as it felt like a great episode of Spooks (MI-5 http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/title/title/tt0160904/) and no-one will ever be able to tell me that is a bad thing.
2017-12-02
exceeded my expectations
It's about time Jacky got a script worthy of his acting ability. This is not the usual type cast role we see him in. We don't see him as his usual mr.nice guy self. He's a man who lost everything and we get to see him act accordingly to get revenge. Darkest role I've seen him play but even in his darkest hours you can't help but like him, he plays the part of a miserable person like no one else.
2017-10-31
10/10 even though I am certainly a fan of Jackie Chan
Even though I agree very differently with everything Jackie Chan has said in the past, I have to say this movie rates 10/10

Perhaps if you are an Irish knowing the history and all, that this movie is an over-simplification of what'd happened. You may be right but with the plot, the way the movie relaying the messages and all, even if it's not entirely sticking with the reality/ truth/ history, it certainly seems as though it is carrying certain truth.

Another reason why this' a 10/10 movie, for a man age after 60 years old like Mr.Chan, to fight in the ways he did in the past, that itself is certainly not an easy task. We all may be able to hold a gun, but to fight like he still do after 60 years old......I am not sure I can do so, even the whole ordeal is fake motions acting like fighting. These actions are not that easy to bear with.

There are certainly several plots that seem quite brutal to me, so spoiler alert here.I certainly don't think there are any needs to kill women who no longer pose any threats.

It's a happy ending, sort of, in the end. Chinese have come a long way indeed, if you ever read any Chinese recent history dating back to the beginning of Opium war in Qing dynasty, you will know what I am referring to. Wouldn't it be great if more and more people act on preserving the humanity we all once shared?

Moral behind the story: say no to affairs especially when you're married. It certainly won't kill us when we keep them in the pants.
2017-12-01
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