The Foreigner is a film about a London businessman named Quan who was devastated after he lost his daughter in a politically-motivated terrorist attack. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, he was forced to venture into a cat-and-mouse conflict with the British government. This movie is directed by Martin Campbell under STX Films.
Casts: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Fearon, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Stephen Hogan, Michael McElhatton, Katie Leung, Dermot Crowley & Rufus Jones.
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
WHAT I LIKE?
The Foreigner may seem to be a familiar take about a father seeking for vengeance but it stands out as a Jackie Chan Movie especially the action scenes tailored specially for him. What I like about the film is its establishing scene at the first part wherein the premise was presented. It was actually good that they invested on the emotional aspect of the character that fired up his revenge and battle for justice. As the movie progresses, the film will venture to a deeper roots of a political conflict that added complications and mystery regarding the bombing incident. Somehow, it was a cool move to add political motives that added thickness to its source material. Performance-wise, I am pretty impressed with Jackie Chan as always. Despite being old already, his stunts and action sequences were well-executed. It offers adequate amount of thrills, mystery and cat-and-mouse formula fairly enjoyable as a whole. Cinematography and visual editing was great. I commend the Production design as well featuring the majestic London and Ireland. If you are in for some Jackie Chan B-movie thing, you might find The Foreigner enjoyable.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
The Foreigner was a bit a lost in terms of its source material as it somehow mixed up the idea of the father seeking vengeance for the death of his daughter and the political aspects of the conflict material involving the British & Irish Government. Honestly speaking, I wanted to see more of the pursuit of the father rather than the complications of political motives. At most point, I can’t seem to find any balance and coherence as this two turning points of the film doesn’t necessarily blend. Even with the crossroads, I find the convergence of two points very lame and weak. They should have played around the shallow grounds with the political drama and more of the personal pursuit for justice. If you don’t mind being technical at all, The Foreigner offers a decent chunk of action and drama enjoyable by a round of popcorn and soda.
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