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Remember the last time Jackie Chan played a Hong Kong detective on screen only to cross paths with a bumbling American idiot? It was the core dynamic that catapulted Brett Ratner’s 1998 action-comedy Rush Hour to a respectable box office haul, two sequels, and even a TV show over at CBS – one which doesn’t involve Chan nor his fast-talking co-star Chris Tucker.
But no matter, for Jackie Chan is portraying a very similar character in Renny Harlin’s Skiptrace, with Johnny Knoxville assuming the role of brash American gambler, Connor Watts. As the director behind both Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger, Harlin has displayed a deft eye for action cinema throughout the years – barring the blemishes of Deep Blue Sea – though after the release of today’s international trailer, it’s difficult to imagine the filmmaker’s China-set adventure finding much of an audience – particularly in the west.
All style and little substance, »
- Michael Briers
Nearing the age of 62, Jackie Chan may have slowed down his rapid output a bit, but he’s still jumping head-first into the action genre. His latest film, Skiptrace, finds him under the direction of Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger helmer Renny Harlin for the China-set adventure. Today now brings the first trailer for the action feature, which debuts in China this month.
Also starring Johnny Knoxville it follows a Hong Kong detective who hunts down a Chinese crime boss with the help of an American gambler. This first international trailer, which opts for flashy style over substance, has some nice-looking setpieces, so hopefully it’s a another strong actioner for Chan. Also starring Bingbing Fan, Eric Tsang, Winston Chao, and Eve Torres, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
- Leonard Pearce
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