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Trying to relax during Operation Condor would be like trying
take a nap on airport runway. This movie never quits, and Chan never stops
challenging himself. Not for the faint of heart, especially the motorcycle
chase or the wind tunnel scenes. Thanks, Jackie.
The best commentary on the film, however, actually came from the guy sitting behind me in the theater who had never seen Jackie Chan before... unfortunately, most of his comments are unprintable. Let's just say he was extremely enthusiastic and uninhibited in his vocabulary. Hey, we were all thinking the same thing.
Though it borrows a few, shall we say, themes from the Armour of G-d
this film stands on it's own.
The budget made for some really fun stunts and fights.
My only real complaint is that some funny stuff was cut out of the US version (the desert scene(s) and others) that should have stayed. Since the funniest clipped scene involves a canteen that Jackie has early in the film the initial reference to the canteen makes no sense in the US version because you never see it again for the rest of the darn film.
Oh yeah, and check out the Colonel's Daughters BMW with the automatic lowering doors.... Too cool.
Jackie Chan films have almost always been
entertaining action flicks, but this is
absolutely the greatest Jackie Chan movie.
Sure the plot is a little thin, but who
cares about that when there is great
non-stop action and comedy. I wish
all movies were like this...
Herein, Jacky Chan proves himself, beyond question, to be the direct
successor of those two masters of physical comedy ~ Charlie Chaplin &
When I saw this movie in the Cinema, with a couple of friends, we literally did the cliche'd 'laughing non-stop' gig, from start to finish.
This & Jacky, are classic comedy. For a miniscule fraction of the Budget of "Ishtar", Jacky did what Dustin & Warren, probably with help from their script & direction, could not do; he made a very, very funny, desert ~adventure movie. In this genre, it stands with "Follow that Camel", the British 'Carry-on' gang & Phil Silvers' Beau jest, and, anything the Marx Brothers may have done ~ in this vein.
Jackie Chan's hugely enjoyable romp Operation Condor - Armour of God 2
sees him on the trail of Nazi gold in the desert in a plot that's no
more than an excuse for several spectacular stunts - and this contains
some of Chan's most impressive stuntwork.
In the past, Jackie Chan's plots have had enough holes to drive a Mack truck through: this one could take their entire production line. This spectacular example of the just-one-damn-thing-after-another school of filmmaking insults your intelligence almost as much as a Michael Winner film. Characterisation is elementary at best, stereotyping runs rampant and logic frequently flies out the window, but who cares? This is still one of the best audience pictures of the 90s, with incredible stunts no western star in the world (or his stuntman) would attempt.
Whereas Schwarzenegger or Stallone are pure brute force, Chan is the Buster Keaton or Donald O'Connor of action movies, with a slapstick acrobatic versatility that is astonishingly fluid. When did you last see them knock down a baddie then catch his gun in mid-air while doing a somersault over him, all in a single take? Like great dancing, it is not a series of choreographed moves in succession but appears to be one constant movement, and Chan knows how to place the camera to a stunt's best advantage.
The most expensive movie ever made in Hong Kong up until that time ($100m Hong Kong), his take on the Raiders movies is pure knockabout stuff. The hook is a search for Nazi gold buried in the desert, but that's just an excuse for some great prolonged and imaginative setpieces that mix broad physical comedy with action to breathlessly entertaining effect - you'll constantly be hitting the rewind because you can't believe what you've just seen is physically possible, while he hyper-kinetic editing will make you hit the slo-mo too. Put your feet up, your brain on hold and you'll love it. It ain't art, but it is fun, and some of the stunts in the massive underground set have to be seen to be disbelieved.
Unfortunately, the Western DVD releases are disappointing. The UK DVD from Entertainment is uncut (Miramax typically cut more than 20 mins for the USA version), but only offers the dubbed English soundtrack and, as well as having no extras, is a disappointing 2.35:1 widescreen transfer. A budget title in every sense of the word, you're better offseeking Fortune Star'ssuperior Hong Kong NTSC DVD.
This is a decent high-budget international Jackie Chan
Its about a couple of people who get stuck in the desert and are assigned to find treasure from world war 2.
This has some good stunt sequences. And its high-budget so that always makes things better.
Rated pg-13 for action violence , and mild nudity.
I like this one a little more than I do the original. It is funnier, better choreographed, has great chemistry between the 3 main stars(even better than the original, which had great chemistry!) I do feel this films plot was a little better also, but that isnt saying much. This takes everything great about the first, and takes it up a notch. Now if only all sequels could do that!
This is Jackie Chan's best movie. Awesome fight scenes. Most seem very
realistic. The usual awesome Jackie Chan stunt scenes. This is Chan's
version of James Bond. Also one of Chan's funniest. Any Chan fan will like
As a government agent, Chan is sent out with a female desert guide to search for the tons of lost gold in a buried WW2 Nazi base in North Africa. Along the way, Chan picks up another female accomplice, the German granddaughter of a former base officer.
Several other governments are also aware of the gold, but don't know its location. They either fight Chan or try to follow him to the gold. Good, believable story. Great scenery.
This movie is about impressing stunts. Period. That is all it is, and
it does it well. Chan is amazingly skilled in both performing great
stunts as well as coming up with ones you haven't seen before.
Great stunts also lay a solid foundation for action comedy. Many action scenes are really, really fun, mixing the stunts with fun situations. In particular, I found the car chase scene make me think "just when I thought there were no fun Bond-style chases left to make, Chan proves that there are". The only thing missing would be to play "The Ride of the Valkyries" at some appropriate times.
One more point in the favor of the movie is Chan's charm. He really has good screen presence.
So far, this is good. But let me mention what the movie does NOT have. It has no interesting plot to speak of. It has rather awful storytelling at times, moving from one scene to another with minimal or no motivation. There are even scenes with obvious remains from cut parts. Finally, the three female leads are all young, pretty and stupid. One "silly girl" would be fine but three of them? This makes them embarrassingly similar. It wouldn't hurt with one woman who were, for example, middle aged and with a professional attitude, or just not exactly the same personality as the others. I guess this is a cultural difference, in movies from the western world we are plagued with over-professional arrogant women instead, which is just as much cliché. Maybe we could get something in between, like an interesting character?
So, forget about the plot. Enjoy the stunts instead! They make me wonder one thing: How dangerous was this movie to make? How many times did Chan go to hospital?
10/10 for stunts. 8/10 for fun and action. 2/10 for story.
Jackie is a talented special agent who is used for dangerous undercover
work. The government employs him to try and find some gold that the
Nazis allegedly left in Northern Africa 40 years ago. He soon discovers
that he is not the only one searching for the gold; there are people
willing to kill to get their hands on it.
Compared to its predecessor, this film is more akin to the Indiana Jones film series in that it features Chan's character Jackie / Condor ("Asian Hawk" in the U.S. release) battling against a former Nazi to retrieve gold from an abandoned base deep in the Sahara Desert.
I am still warming up to Jackie Chan. I much prefer Bruce lee or Donnie Yen. But Chan has a humor the other two lack, and I love the Indiana Jones theme going on in this film... well played. Maybe a few more films and Chan will win me over.
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