There will be a time in the career of every older actor where they will get the offer to star in a revenge film. Liam Neesson did it with Taken, Kevin Bacon with Death Sentence, and even Michael Caine had his go with Harry Brown. Now it’s Jackie Chan’s turn, and just because it’s freakin’ Jackie Chan, this movie already gets one extra star on the rating.
Chan plays the father of a girl that becomes one of twelve victims in a bombing in central London, claimed by a new branch of the IRA. Determined to bring his daughter’s killers to justice, he decides to take matters into his own hands, as his demands are not being heard by government officials who are working the case. But there is more than meets the eye in The Foreigner, and it soon becomes clear that this isn’t just some ‘revenge flick’.
On the other side of the story is Pierce Brosnan’s Liam. An ex IRA member that used to have a pretty big reputation as The Butcher of Bogside, did his time for it, and now acts as prime minister to Ireland, while covertly operating under the table with the British to keep the peace. The bombing puts a lot of stain on that relationship.
The Foreigner is a movie about a lot of people trying to come out on top in the aftermath of the new IRA bombings. It’s almost a House of Cards-ish political action drama, where no one is telling the truth, ancient relations stab each other in the back and no one is safe. The only constant and pure factor is Jackie Chan’s Quan, an ex-military of the highest rank who decides to use his talents once more to find out who the killers of his daughter are and hunt them down.
The Foreigner is not necessarily a Jackie Chan film, nor is it necessarily a revenge film. It mixes complex storylines with that of a father searching for justice. The only downside to this movie is that it isn’t Jackie Chan kicking ass for 2 hours and that at times it can feel rather slow. Other than that, Jackie Chan shows us that at age 63, he’s still got it.
The Foreigner is directed by Martin Campbell, starred by Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Katie Leung and more.
Runtime: 1 hour and 53 minutes