The Foreigner puts Jackie Chan in a rare bad guy role in a situation where the IRA blow up his daughter (One Child‘s Katie Leung) in a car bomb, the police don’t give a damn (what a surprise!), so he wants revenge.
Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), this reunites the man behind the camera with another Bond and former leading man in Goldeneye, Pierce Brosnan.
Written by David Marconi, based on Stephen Leather‘s novel The Chinaman, the film also stars Charlie Murphy and Rory Fleck Byrne, and it looks reasonable – with an intriguing change for Chan, even though he still beats people up the same old way. However, I’m not sure if it would pass muster as a theatrical release, however, since it doesn’t stand out that far in that there’s not a huge amount we’ve not seen before, other than what I’ve already mentioned of Chan’s role reversal.
And if London, Jackie Chan, and films with explosions rings a bell, then yes, this is the film that Chan drew some unwanted attention towards himself, last year, when they blew up a bus on Lambeth Bridge, early on a Sunday morning without letting the public know(!)
The Foreigner has a release date of September 30th in China, and October 13th in the US, but no UK date as of yet. However, I imagine this will be on DVD and on demand before too long afterwards.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.
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