In case you didn’t know already, don’t mess with Jackie Chan’s family. Or else, you’ll spend the rest of your days looking over your shoulder. In the action thriller, “The Foreigner,” Chan spends his time avenging the death of his daughter.
Having gotten caught up in a politically-motivated terrorist attack in London, Quan’s (Chan) daughter, unfortunately, becomes collateral in a bombing. And so sets the tone for the rest of the film.
One of the main aspects I noticed of the film, is that there are multiple story arcs taking place at one time. While there’s the main plot — the bombing — there are also other plots on the side that feed into the bombing massacre.
I’m interested in knowing how much of Chan’s stunts he performed himself. At the beginning of the movie, his character is this shuffling father driving his daughter around, but when he loses her you slowly see the shift of a man vowing to enact revenge on her death. He transforms from a meek Chinese restaurant owner to some sort of special ops soldier. He reminded me of another dad who revealed his special set of skills in order to avenge his family.
And while you’re trying to figure out where Chan learned his fighting/survival skills, there’s Pierce Brosnan’s character — a reformed criminal who now works for the government. His loyalties are murky, and the audience is left wondering throughout the movie just who he’s fighting for.
All in all, this movie was enjoyable. Jackie Chan’s action scenes were incredible and they managed to insert some comedic lines in this action thriller. In case you’re wondering whether or not to get a ticket, I’d say it’s worth it.