Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5. Hong Kong/USA, 2003. Emperor Multimedia Group, Golden Port Productions Ltd., Living Films, Screen Gems. Story by Alfred Cheung, Screenplay by Bennett Davlin, Alfred Cheung, Gordon Chan, Paul Wheeler, Bey Logan. Cinematography by Arthur Wong. Produced by Alfred Cheung. Music by Adrian Lee. Production Design by Joseph C. Nemec III. Costume Design by Grania Preston. Film Editing by Don Brochu, Ki-Hop Chen.
Routine action flick is the kind of thing Jackie Chan can do in his sleep. With bigger budgets and the progress of age to consider, Chan’s films are involving more and more visual effects and less of his impressive stunt work, making us wonder why we should sit through drivel like this and The Tuxedo when there are better, older films of his to watch? In this one, Chan is killed in action and brought to life by a mysterious medallion in the possession of a holy child (if I never see another martial arts movie that involves a magical token and a “chosen” child I will die a happy man). Now that he’s back, and ready to reconnect with his English lady love (Claire Forlani, who is charming), he and bumbling partner Lee Evans (who is annoying) must stop an evil madman (Julian Sands, who is embarrassing) from getting the medallion and using it to take over the world with his evil. You know how you’re going to get there and where it’s going to go, but watching it happen is a very tired, overdone experience.