I've chosen to get myself into a Jackie Chan movie marathon. I thought about going with some sort of a chronological timeline but decided last minute that I'd hop around and watch whatever I wanted. First up is Skiptrace, as far as I know the most recent Jackie Chan film. I got really excited about seeing this because I hadn't seen a Jackie Chan movie in a long time. I've seen a lot of them and felt it was time to get back into them!
I guess the premise of the movie is that Jackie Chan stars as a cop (surprise, surprise) probably called Jackie. The opening sequence of the film shows his partner being blown up by a bomb strapped to his chest. Before said bomb goes off, the partner makes sure that Jackie promises to take care of his daughter. Jackie obviously promises this. After the bomb goes off, we skip forward probably a good half-dozen years to Jackie being an obsessed cop trying to take down the bad guy that killed his partner. Things go woefully awry and he's taken off the case permanently.
At this time, we're introduced to Johnny Knoxville's character. I don't remember his name and don't think it really matters. He plays a gambler or a conman or something similar. He witnesses a murder and has to go on the run while simultaneously being on the run from what appears to be some sort of Russian gangsters. I guess he knocked up the gangster guy's daughter. Actually, throughout the whole film, we get little tidbits of the story from Knoxville's point of view.
Jackie finds that Knoxville has some sort of ties to the guy that killed his partner, so a manhunt ensues. When they're finally together, we get the buddy comedy we didn't really want out of Chan and Knoxville. Attempted humour ensues, a weird sing-along of an Adele song happens, and both characters prove to be dynamic by the shift in their initial motivations.
I won't actually give anything away from the movie but I'm a bit bummed that the stunts were sub-par. Mind you, I should have expected as much considering Jackie Chan has got to be upwards of sixty if not older at this point. I will say this much about the film: even though it wasn't necessarily good, it certainly ignited the craving to see other films in his career. If you're an avid fan, you'll appreciate some of the tongue-in-cheek humour, and the outtakes at the end of Skiptrace (and most Chan films) are always great to watch. I'll check back in with another Chan review shortly!