“Skipptrace”: film review

More in the style of Chan's Hollywood buddy films like “Rush Hour” or “Shanghai Noon” than in the classic style.80s If fu comedy genre that he helped develop, Skip trace finds the still-smooth Hong Kong superstar adjusting to a calmer format that could remain viable for another decade. In their first collaboration, Chan and the Finnish action director Rennie Harlin scored an impressive $60 million debut in China over the weekend of July 22, the highest-grossing opening game for both.

The prospects look rather more modest Saban The film's release in the US, although the normally quiet Labor Day weekend, could give the film an opportunity to build word of mouth over the holidays. Overall the film is Come is expected to continue to grow significantly as it launches internationally next year.

The conclusion

Hardly a classic, but it'll do until something better comes along.

Release date: September 2, 2016


When the American-Chinese co-production begins, nine years have passed since the death of Hong Kong police inspector Bennie Chan's (Chan) partner The Bai (Erik Tsang) by a Chinese crime syndicate. Chan still blames himself for the tragic death of his best friend and is still on the hunt for the mysterious underworld figure “The Matador,” whom he blames for the murder. Suspecting that his target is corrupt businessman Victor Wong (Winston Chao), Chan launches an all-out tactical attack on his drug smuggling operation, but fails spectacularly and very publicly. Captain Tang (Michael Wong) orders Chan to take a month off until things calm down, but Bennie is almost immediately called back into action by his goddaughter. That's it orphaned only child Samantha (fan Bing Bing).

As a guest relations liaison for high rollers at a casino in Macau, she was duped by a flamboyant gambler Conor Watts (Johnny Knoxville), who has disappeared with a significant portion of the company's assets. Chan soon finds out why – the American has been kidnapped and flown back to Russia, where he has unfinished business with the unmarried and heavily pregnant daughter of a local gangster. Chan's only chance of bringing the player to justice is this single-handedly Take on the Russian thugs and free yourself from Watts, who doesn't know whether to be grateful or angry now that he's in the custody of the Hong Kong police.

With their passports destroyed, Chan begins transporting his prisoner back to Hong Kong overland. He first crosses Russia by train, then crosses Mongolia by tractor and on horseback before reaching the northern border of China. Their journey reveals that after a murder at the casino, Watts may have accidentally obtained evidence that could incriminate Wong and ultimately reveal the matador's identity. However, if he can't get Watts back to Hong Kong in one piece, Chan will have little chance of solving his partner's murder or sorting out his own lingering guilt.

Action veteran Harlan (Die Hard 2, The Legend of Hercules) knows a thing or two about staging set pieces and fight scenes, and while humor may not be his forte, with comedic actors like Chan and Knoxville covering all the basics covered. In a typically bravura opening scene, Chan escapes from an explosives-infested building as the entire building collapses onto its neighbor, setting off a domino effect of disintegrating structures. Rafting on a raging river, escaping a sinking ship and ziplining through a treacherous gorge are just a few of the other daring challenges the pair complete.

Although the last two are essentially effects-enhanced studio sequences, the 62-year-old Chan performs all of his fights and some of the action scenes himself. He is always inventive and continues to excel in prop combat. He is always able to turn the nearest household appliance or workshop tool into a makeshift weapon. An extended exchange with Russian gangsters in an abandoned factory, starring Eve Torres as a stylish, relentless assassin, makes extensive and amusing use of industrial equipment and an oversized set of Russian wooden nesting dolls.

Chan is English speaking dialog Occasionally appears a little subdued, but his body language rarely misses the connection. Knoxville flails around rather undisciplined, but manages to provide a fair amount of comic relief, even if it's more of it Smartass, more snappy variety than any demonstration of sophisticated humor, but what did you really expect? Fan performs almost as many stunts as Knoxville and looks much better in an evening gown, but her underdeveloped character is little more than an ultimately ironic plot device.

With high-energy action and comedy set pieces staged in Russia, Mongolia and China, the film's ambitions sometimes outpace Jay's resilience Longinus And BenDavid Grabinskis Mostly a derivative script, but in the end it's hard to beat Chan playing solo on Adele's “Rolling in the Deep” accompanied by a village of Mongolian shepherds living in yurts on traditional instruments.

As producer on the project, Chan ensures that the production quality meets or exceeds international standards, particularly through the film's use of numerous stunning natural locations and colorful local extras. The filmmakers were committed Skip trace in memory of Chan Kwok-hung, the project's original cinematographer, who drowned in a boating accident during filming.

Distributor: Saban Movies
Production companies: Saban Films, Talent International Film, New Cultural Media, Dasym media
Cast: Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville, fan Bing BingEric TsangEve Torres, Winston Chao, Youn JunghoonMichael Wong
Director: Rennie Harlin
Screenwriters: Jay Longinus, BenDavid Grabinski
Producers: Jackie Chan, Charles CockerDamien Saccani, Hongliang Wu, Esmond RenDavid Gerson
Executive Producers: Frank BotmanChris LytonSimon Oakes, Marc captainMin Li, Xiaolin Be, Jianhong Qi, Zhenhua Which, Wenli Zhou, Yiwei Liu, Zhangliang Yu, Qunfeng Sun, Hang Chen
Cinematographer: Chan Chi-Ying
Production Designer: Lau Sai Wan
Costume Designer: Crystal Pa
Editor: Derek Hui

Rated PG-13, 107 minutes

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