Martin Campbell has long been cited as an heir to the McTiernan school of action cinema, and rightfully so - with "The Foreigner," he's finally made his "Predator," and it's a compelling study of the inextricable link between government and terrorism to boot. But I know I'm not the only one wishing this dour, methodically-paced British thriller afforded Jackie Chan more screentime, as he's positively haunting here.
Kickassery of the first order - forget Keanu, Neeson, Cruise, Willis, Denzel, Craig, Damon, Banderas, Renner, Foxx, Farrell, Reynolds, Gosling, Jackson, Statham, Johnson, Gibson, Hardy, Affleck, Bernthal, O'Brie Chan is encore its biggest konig. Brosnan with a powerhouse performance and that exciting Cliff Martinez score. To the win <3
Had almost a Shakespearian feel w/ all the betrayal/backstabbing. The scene w/ Chan & the Irish "tracker" felt like fuzzy commentary on how pointless wars weirdly shape lives. This is, at it's heart, a story about the difference between soldiers and the politicians calling the shots. My ding: the dumb back2back headshottings of the 2 most dynamic female characters made this movie less than what it could've been.
Eeesh. How come I'm not allowed to have fun at an action movie anymore? It has to be dark, miserable, painful, full of suffering. Sure it's a different kind of role for Chan but all it establishes is a sense of longing for the fun action romps of his past. Completely boring, predictable, cliche, tired and depressing. Plus, Brosnan's Irish accent was distractingly bad (impressive considering he's actually Irish)