This is billed as a wacky action comedy, but there's not a single funny moment, unless Evans acting goofy does it for you (normally maybe, here never). Chan, Forlani and Sands aren't bad, trying their best to speak atrocious dialog as if they mean it. Gordon Chan's direction is just about coherent, but nothing more. And the script is so simplistic that it's almost funny as a spoof. Perhaps it's really another What's Up Tiger Lily, where Woody Allen took a Chinese film and overdubbed it with ludicrously hilarious dialog! One of the writers even inserts a steady stream of gay innuendo, rather odd in a film that's otherwise aimed at 5 year olds. The film's at least whizzy enough with its elaborate chases and battles, including a catfight between Forlani and a random woman who appears out of nowhere. But the main problem is that the super-charged Jackie isn't as interesting as the mere-mortal Jackie. Maybe he feels too old to carry an action film on his own, but he's still more inventive than anyone else out there.
dir Gordon Chan|
scr Bennett Joshua Davlin, Alfred Cheung, Gordon Chan, Paul Wheeler, Bey Logan
with Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani, Julian Sands, John Rhys-Davies, Alexander Bao, Anthony Wong, Christy Chung, Johann Myers, Nikki Berwick, Kirk Trutner, Lau Siu Ming
release US 22.Aug.03; UK 14.Nov.03
Laugh and we'll put it in the end credits outtake reel: Evans and Chan.
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