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Movie Review – The Foreigner (2017)

The Foreigner, 2017.

Directed by Martin Campbell.

Starring Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Rufus Jones, Charlie Murphy, and Orla Brady.


The story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge fuelled vendetta when the only person left for him to love – his teenage daughter – is taken from him in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

Jackie Chan’s career in the West has been a mixed bag to put it mildly. Even at the height of his popularity West of China, in Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon etc, he was doing affable (if disposable) entertainment. The trouble was, among his better aforementioned works, he was doing dreadful films like
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Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?

Skyfall Five Years Later: Is It Still the Best Bond?
Five years ago, Skyfall made its way into U.S. theaters. It remains the most financially successful James Bond movie of all time and, in the eyes of many, it's the best entry of the Daniel Craig era (though, Casino Royale might have something to say about that). While we wait for Craig to make his last turn as 007 in James Bond 25, let's take a look back at Skyfall and what makes the movie so special in the long, storied history of Bond on the big screen.

Let's rewind the clock a little bit and try and put ourselves in the shoes we were wearing in 2012. The last James Bond movie fans had seen was the much-maligned Quantum of Solace in 2008. Coming off the truly fantastic Casino Royale, which is quite possibly the best debut movie for a Bond actor in the history of the franchise, the movie was,
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City of Industry

Harvey Keitel takes center stage as a double-crossed crook goes for blood after a major jewel heist turns sour — and bloody. Timothy Hutton and Stephen Dorff are in on the split for one late- ’90s crime caper that’s not a stylistic hijack of Quentin Tarantino. Directed by John Irvin.

City of Industry


Kl Studio Classics

1997 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date October 3, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton, Famke Janssen, Wade Dominguez, Michael Jai White, Lucy Alexis Liu, Reno Wilson, Dana Barron, Tamara Clatterbuck, Elliott Gould.

Cinematography: Thomas Burstyn

Film Editor: Mark Conte

Special Effects: Joe Lombardi

Original Music: Stephen Endelman

Written by Ken Solarz

Produced by Evzen Kolar, Ken Solarz

Directed by John Irvin

Director John Irvin earned his right to crow early on with TV’s ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and the excellent action film about mercenaries The Dogs of War.
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Five reasons to see The Foreigner

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Five reasons to see The ForeignerFive reasons to see The ForeignerScott Goodyer10/17/2017 3:42:00 Pm

Jackie Chan karate kicks his way back on the big screen in The Foreigner!

The action movie has Chan playing a humble businessman with a buried past who seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. Pierce Brosnan also stars, teaming up again with GoldenEye director Martin Campbell.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to check this movie out:

1. The Stunts

Jackie Chan has endured many years of long, hard work and a ton of injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's martial arts movie industry. Making his way to North American audiences in 1995 with Rumble in the Bronx, this was the first time we saw an action star do his own stunts as he ran up walls and bounced off cars. It was very impressive and Jackie hasn't slowed down.
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Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)

Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)
Chinese actress Gong Li will star in the Europe-set action-thriller “Ana,” with Martin Campbell on board to direct.

Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu are producing the movie, which Wu is also financing. Sarkissian told Variety that they plan to start production in March or April.

The script is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and “The Expendables 2.” Sarkissian said “Ana” will be similar in tone to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita.”

“Ana” re-teams Campbell and Sarkissian following the Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner,” which opens Friday in North America with expectations of a $10 million debut weekend. “The Foreigner” is projected to earn $88 million in international markets by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Gong’s credits date back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, “Red Sorghum,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988. Since then, she’s appeared
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The Foreigner – Review

(Left to Right) Jackie Chan as Quan and Pierce Brosnan as Hennessy at Hennessy’s office in The Foreigner. Photo by Christopher Raphael. Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 Stx Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan face off in action thriller The Foreigner. Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye) helms this suspenseful thriller that has a serious, emotional Chan bent on revenge after his daughter is killed in a politically motivated bombing in London, a man who turns his focused on an Irish-born British official, played by Pierce Brosnan, who may know the names of the bombers.

Although there is a daughter and Jackie Chan’s character does have an unexpected “special skill set,” that is about all this smart, gripping thriller has in common with Liam Neeson’s Taken apart from the genre. This revenge-driven action thriller has some surprising twists and provocative commentary on assumptions based on appearance.
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The Foreigner Review: Jackie Chan Like You've Never Seen Him

The Foreigner Review: Jackie Chan Like You've Never Seen Him
The Foreigner delivers exactly what it promises, Jackie Chan as you've never seen him. The titan of martial arts and comedy cinema disappears utterly in this gripping thriller. His turn as a bereaved father obsessed with vengeance will have you glued to your seats. The Foreigner is not a brainless action flick with an invincible protagonist. It has a surprisingly complex plot with multiple key characters. Veteran director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale,Vertical Limit) uses his filmmaking acumen to great effect. He reshapes a well known commodity in Chan, but never forgets the importance of the story.

A terrorist bomb in London targets a bank, but also destroys the dress shop beside it. Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) watches in horror as his teenage daughter is killed in the explosion. A rogue cell of the Irish Republican Army calls the press to claim responsibility. This attack is just the beginning.
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Review: ‘The Foreigner’ Pits Jackie Chan Against James Bond In a Very Awkward Mash-Up

Review: ‘The Foreigner’ Pits Jackie Chan Against James Bond In a Very Awkward Mash-Up
The Foreigner” is a twisty political thriller about an deputy minister (Pierce Brosnan) who’s plotting to pardon some imprisoned Ira fighters without reigniting the Troubles. “The Foreigner” is also a revenge saga in which Jackie Chan plays a Vietnamese (?) explosives expert who’s obsessively determined to identify and eliminate the bombers who blew up his teenage daughter. Believe it or not, those two narratives don’t really complement one another all that well. It turns out there might be a good reason why no one’s ever watched “In the Name of the Father” and thought to themselves: “You know what that movie was missing? Jackie Chan.”

On paper, it almost makes sense why someone would try to sandwich these very different storylines together — immigrants, so often assumed to be the perpetrators of domestic terrorism, are often the most overlooked of its casualties. And it’s possible this mash-up
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The Preview Reel: The Foreigner and Happy Death Day

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Blade Runner 2049 received rave reviews last week, but that did not translate to box-office success as the movie stumbled to a $32.8 million opening against a $155 million budget. The sci-fi flick has a chance to retain the top spot, however, as the competition this week looks relatively weak—there’s the revenge thriller The Foreigner, and the Blumhouse horror flick, Happy Death Day.

The Foreigner

What we are excited about: While it would be easy to say that the thing we are most excited about here is Jackie Chan (and we are excited about that), we are going to go with the film’s director. Martin Campbell is responsible for two of the best James Bond movies of the past twenty-five years in Casino Royale (2006) and GoldenEye (1995). While we will ignore his last movie,
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Blade Runner 2049 to Bond 25: yes, Mr Villeneuve, we expect you to direct

Like Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Peter Jackson, Villeneuve is a rare example of a visionary film-maker with franchise nous. Can he get the 007 gig?

Sam Mendes may have done more than just reload 007’s Walther Ppk with box-office bullets when he took on Skyfall five years ago. For decades, Bond production company Eon vacillated between recruiting indie directors with a handful of arthouse hits on their hands (Quantum of Solace’s Marc Forster; Die Another Day’s Lee Tamahori) and tried and tested industry stalwarts (Casino Royale and GoldenEye’s Martin Campbell; The World Is Not Enough’s Michael Apted). But in the wake of Mendes’ success in taking Bond past the $1bn mark for the first time, then almost repeating the feat with 2015’s Spectre, an entirely new calibre of film-maker is being mentioned to take charge of 2019’s 25th official 007 movie.

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Exclusive interview: Martin Campbell makes Jackie Chan serious in The Foreigner

Martin Campbell introduced the two most recent James Bonds as the director of Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Now he’s introducing fans to Jackie Chan’s serious side in The Foreigner. Chan has dabbled in drama with his Chinese films, but The Foreigner will be the English speaking region’s most dramatic exposure to serious Chan. Chan plays Quan Ngoc Minh, a Chinese man living in England when his daughter is killed in an Ira bombing. When Quan sees former Ira agent and now Deputy Minister of Ireland Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) on TV, Quan comes directly to Hennessy for answers. Martin more
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Film Review: Jackie Chan in ‘The Foreigner’

Film Review: Jackie Chan in ‘The Foreigner’
Jackie Chan has broken a lot of bones over the years — his own, and those of his unfortunate onscreen rivals — but for the life of me, I can’t remember ever seeing Chan cry. But cry he does in “The Foreigner,” an old-fashioned one-man vendetta thriller very much in the vein of its director Martin Campbell’s gnarly 1985 miniseries “Edge of Darkness,” in which the opening stretch allows the action-comedy stunt master a chance to flex an entirely different muscle: his tear ducts.

Chan plays Quan Ngoc Minh, an immigrant restaurant owner who demands justice after his daughter is killed in an Ira-linked terrorist attack. Yes, you read that right: The villains in this U.K.-set action movie are Northern Irish radicals who call themselves the “New Ira” — which is just one of the curiosities you get when taking a pulpy 1992 suspense novel published five years before the Ira ceasefire and attempting to set it a
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‘The Foreigner’ Soundtrack: Listen to an Exclusive Track From Cliff Martinez’s Score

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‘The Foreigner’ Soundtrack: Listen to an Exclusive Track From Cliff Martinez’s Score
Cliff Martinez is as consistent as he is prolific. The composer has scored everything from “The Neon Demon” and “The Knick” to “War Dogs” and “Rough Night” in the last few years; he most recently handled the music for the Jackie Chan thriller “The Foreigner.” IndieWire can exclusively premiere the new track “I Wouldn’t Count On It.” Listen below.

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Anyone familiar with Martinez’s electronic soundscapes will instantly recognize his distinct vibe, which vacillates between hypnotic and unsettling. “The Foreigner” is is based on Stephen Leather’s novel “The Chinaman” and stars Chan as a restaurateur who sets out on a quest for vengeance after his daughter is killed in an Ira attack.

Read More:‘American Made’ Trailer: Tom Cruise is a Drug Smuggler Turned CIA Informant in Wild True Story

Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale,
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Denis Villeneuve and Martin Campbell on the possibility of directing Bond 25

With Daniel Craig now officially on board to reprise his role as 007 and a November 2019 release date set, the search continues for a director to succeed Sam Mendes for the 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise.

It was reported back in July that three candidates top Eon’s list in Yann Demange (’71), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), with Daniel Craig said to be favouring Villeneuve, who is very hot property coming off his latest critical hit with Blade Runner 2049.

Well, it seems that Craig may indeed get his wish, as Villeneuve has expressed his interest in the gig during an interview with Screen Rant, where he stated: “I cannot talk about that. But let’s say that for me to do a Bond movie would be a deep, deep pleasure.”

Presumably, his comments that he “cannot talk about that” means he has been talking about it with someone…
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Casino Royale Director Would Return to James Bond Under One Condition

Casino Royale Director Would Return to James Bond Under One Condition
The highly-anticipated James Bond 25 still hasn't locked down a director, but we do know that it is going to be Daniel Craig's last go as the famous MI6 spy, 007. It may be a bit early to start looking ahead to the James Bond reboot, but as one of cinema's most enduring and historic franchises, it is most definitely going to happen. So who should direct the future James Bond reboot? We may have ourselves a very qualified candidate in the form of Martin Campbell.

Even though Martin Campbell, the man who directed both Goldeneye and Casino Royale, would possibly make a good candidate for the eventual James Bond reboot, he wouldn't have any interest in doing James Bond 25. Why is that? Because he only wants to tackle a new bond. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview with Cinema Blend.

"I don't know.
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Martin Campbell would consider directing Bond again once Daniel Craig leaves

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Martin Campbell is credited with directing two of the best modern James Bond movies, Goldeneye and Casino Royale, which also served as our introductions to both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig as Bond. While speaking with CinemaBlend, Campbell said that he was pretty much offered every Bond film after Goldeneye, but that he turned them all down until Casino Royale came around. As for whether... Read More...
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Jane Goldman interview - Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust and more

Duncan Bowles Sep 26, 2017

Jane Goldman chats to us about writing Kingsman, Stardust, The Walking Dead and more...

Ever since teaming up with Matthew Vaughn a decade ago to adapt and write Stardust, Jane Goldman’s profile as a writer has been on the rise and rightly so. As has already been stated many times in our interviews for Kingsman 2 over the last week, with both Mark Strong and Vaughn himself – the films they’ve made together have been fantastic and highlights of each of the genres they’ve represented, whether fantasy (Stardust), comic book (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), or spy (Kingsman).

We sat down with Jane Goldman for a chat about her love of film and writing process and found her in fine spirits, full of laughter and happily enthusing about variety of topics close to our hearts, ingratiating herself further into the realms of geekdom, as we started
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The James Bond movies' special relationship with America

Mark Harrison Sep 19, 2017

Kingsman pulls the leg of the James Bond series - but how have the 007 films put across the relationship between Britain and the USA?

When Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service exploded into cinemas in 2015, it gave the iconic James Bond franchise much the same irreverent treatment that the director's previous Mark Millar adaptation, Kick-Ass, gave to comic book movies. Reviews focused on how the film recontextualised the familiar 007 tropes of guns, girls and gadgets through the lens of class, identity and that notorious final bum note.

In the sequel, Eggsy and the Kingsmen run up against a crime syndicate known as the Golden Circle with a little help from their American cousins, the Statesmen. It neatly shows us that American iconography plays much the same role for their opposite numbers, that liquor-themed codenames will stand in for Arthurian monikers, and most accurately of all, that
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Final Trailers for 'The Foreigner' with Jackie Chan Tease Intense Action

Don't mess with Jackie Chan. Stx Entertainment has unveiled a new trailer, which is just one action scene, for the film The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan in a serious role as a man who goes for revenge when the police do nothing. This scene was teased in the first trailer, but now we get to see it play out entirely as Chan is hunted by a group of mercenaries. This is Martin Campbell's latest film, director of GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness; adapted from a book called "The Chinaman". He plays a father who tries to get revenge when his daughter is killed in an Ira bombing, leading him right up to the politicians. It also stars Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy, Katie Leung, Simon Kunz, Rory Fleck Byrne, Stephen Hogan, Pippa Bennett-Warner, and Dermot Crowley. This looks so much better than Bleeding Steel. Here's the "extended look
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