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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
First off, I'd like to state that I generally go into a movie of a certain
genre with expectations of what the genre generally contains. So in
essence, if you're expecting me to compare this movie to an Oscar award
winning film don't bother to read on.
Anyway, as a fighting/action type movie, I have to honestly say I was somewhat disappointed by the fighting and stunts. Yes there were still plenty of stunts, but as much as I don't want to say it, Jackie's getting older and older and he's not quite able to pull off the more physically demanding stuff he used to be able to do.
So as I watched, I noticed they tried to compensate for this with the increased presence of a real plot, and lots and lots of computer-enhanced scenes. And here is where it gets ugly.
You see, when you attempt to give your action movie a real plot, that's great. But when about 1/4th of the movie gets chopped in editing because of marketing decisions by Sony involving what they felt Americans prefer, it gets REALLY bad. There are points that are just introduced in the movie, that CLEARLY were supposed to be addressed(and probably were in the original full cut) but are instead left completely unresolved by the just plain silly-looking CG ending(the very last scene).
The heavy handed chopping is also evident in the Jackie Chan style outtakes that appear at the end of the movie, with outtakes that were obviously part of some other portion of the plot that were completely scrapped, but whose vestiges still show up in the movie. One of these SEEMS to involve skin coloration but I'll leave it at that(it's not really a spoiler since it got cut anyway ;)
Other than the mind-boggling lack of flow and logic introduced by this cutting, the movie's fighting scenes seemed to use some sort of weird Fast-Forwarding sort of cutting to either make the scene move faster, or maybe it was just to make it look "cool". To be blunt, it got very tiring very quickly, and I more than lightly suspect that this type of fast forwarding was used excessively as a method of trimming down the length of the movie. After all, many of the scenes were action oriented so if you speed up the film and then cut it some more you can trim it rather quickly.
The acting itself ranged from good, to barely passable. Some of the parts of the movie had me largely scratching my head as to what they were trying to accomplish with the actor involved but maybe that would have been better explained if not for the editing too(although I do have my doubts also).
So to sum it all up, this is a movie that could have been a B+ action flick with some drama and *gasp* plot mixed in, but the editing turned it into a C- level Action movie on the plot and drama front something around a D.
It would have totally failed, except it still, luckily, had it's (sometimes very) good moments. Oh and the outtakes, although making me feel bad at how much of the movie seemed to be missing, were also hilarious =) So as a complete bundled and mixed up confusing package this movie rates a C. The whole is, after all, more than the sum of the parts.
This was an awesome movie. I dont understand what all these bad reviews are all about. I enjoyed this movie cause of the nonstop humor by chan and evans and the fight scenes were great. Choppy at times but thats hollywoods fault. And finally chan gets the girl. I was so happy for him. And the music was great. If u want to go see a good action/comedy movie then go see this 90 minute fun filled jackie chan movie. Enjoy!
I was really anticipated about this film, but I found out that this movie, like most of Jackie Chan's movies from Hong Kong that came here to the U.S. and the rest of the world get cut and shortened. I am a Jackie Chan fanatic and I can always tell whether Jackie's Hong Kong produced movies get cut or not. "THE MEDALLION was sure cut down to 89 minutes from its original 116 minutes" (Monkeypeaches.com). Like little bits and pieces which makes the movie feel short and you think to your self that, "I paid this much to watch this short of an action movie?"
I feel the fighting got cut short too. It would have been better to see the longer length of a fight scenes. I feel the action will be considered choreographed well if it was the full movie. Although, I enjoyed this movie. It had some very funny stuff in it thanks to Lee Evan's antics. Jackie did an OK job, but not his best. It also seems we see the other co-actors, Lee Evans and Claire Forlani pretty evenly seen throughout the movie with Jackie Chan. This movie was entertaining for everyone I was with in the theaters. Lots of crying and laughing. The children in the theaters liked it. If there wasn't sex jokes this movie could have been better for the whole family. I feel that you should try and wait until this movie comes out on VHS and DVD to rent and or own because this version of THE MEDALLION made the CUT and lots of bits and pieces of it. If you are a Jackie Chan fan like me go see the movie and see what you think.
Jackie Chan's new movie is a bust. Its 80 minutes or so of missed
chances. The cast is there as is the action director,Sammo Hung, but
this is movie that simply doesn't work.
It has six listed writers and about 19 producers of one sort or another.
I'm watching this and I can believe its not working. Its just sort of there. I have no idea who to blame it on, probably everyone since this has the feel of a movie that had too many cooks.
The director, Gordon Chan, I know by reputation only, his other films are suppose to be at good.
Don't get me wrong, its not bad, its not anything its just sort of there. Its sort of like watching a blank wall, or better snow on a TV screen, there are things moving around on the screen but it really doesn't mean anything to you, it doesn't engage you...
For the record its about a magical medallion in two parts that bestows supernatural powers when its put together. I think thats all you need to know.
Is it worth bothering with? Only if you are a Jackie Chan completist. Everyone else has better ways to spend the time involved.
ON THE POSITIVE SIDE - It is better than the Tuxedo which was dumb and shouldn't have worked on any level. This should work but doesn't.
Since 2000, Jackie Chan started to lose his acting edge with a slur of
good and bad movies. They are all debatable however unless Chan makes
Rush Hour 3 in 2005, I can see his American career dieing fast. Very
fast. In 2000, Chan brought us Shanghai Noon with Owen Wilson, which
was quite enjoyable. Shanghai Knights then followed it up in 2003,
which was about the same as Noon. In 2001, Jackie and Chris Tucker
brought us a masterpiece follow-up to a masterpiece, Rush Hour 2. Then
in 2002, things took a turn for the worse as he brought to the screen
with Jennifer Love Hewitt in Tuxedo, probably Chan's worst as a cab
driver. Now in 2004, Around the World in 80 Days was an all right
remake of an older film and was better than expected but still bad.
Finally back in late 2003, as we jump around, The Medallion was brought to the screen. A so-so film with Chan as he stars with others like Lee Evans, Julian Sands, and is directed by Gordon Chan, I guess some guy related to Jackie.
The Medallion is about Eddie Yang, a Hong Kong detective who finds a Medallion, which is guarded by one little, lifeless, Chinese boy. He gets in a fatal accident and the magical medallion revives him as an invincible man with supernatural powers. His girlfriend played by Lee Evans thinks he's dead until the lifeless Chinese boy guardian tells her that he isn't. However some bad guy wants the medallion for world domination as he is played by Julian Sands. At one point, when both him and Eddie have the medallion powers, the computer work done for the action is just terrible. It just shows there was no real effort put into this movie.
There are 3 major flaws with this film. First off, it has too many Chinese actors who should be speaking Cantonese or Mandarin or whatever. Instead, they speak English except their voices are horribly, horribly dubbed. Including the little boy, all their voices are dubbed when having subtitles easily could have done it all. Secondly, the computer does most of Jackie Chan's action stunts. Even in this movie when you'd think the Medallion would give him such powers, they show him prior to being killed climbing a pole at a rapid speed and walking on a wall more than 20 feet up. And finally, the comedy and the action are not good at all for what is supposed to be an Action/Comedy.
Overall, Jackie Chan just made an average movie as it still contains his elements. However, poor acting by everyone else, unnecessary double entendres, less stunts done by Chan himself, and many other small elements ruin this film. Little kids would like it but everyone else knows how this film failed. One folly of this decade and if some good or Rush Hour 3 is never made, I'm afraid we've seen the last of Jackie Chan.
My Rating: 5/10
This is not one of Jackie's best movies. The story is fantastical to a fault. The action sequences are very over the top with the wire-fu (a divergency from other Jackie movies - which usually pride themselves on their "realism"). The movie does have its good qualities. It is a quick, semi-amusing romp through a comic book type story. The plot has more holes than swiss cheese. The biggest problem with this movie is : Lee Evans. You are wishing the character would disappear in a painful accident/violent death. He is not funny and quite annoying. Any scene that could have been funny, are ruined by his presence. There are problems with the audio and the lip synching even when they speak English. Seems as if the audio was placed or recorded after the movie was filmed. Also, Julian Sands as a "martial arts" nemesis .. is quite comical. He is a great villain of the subtle kind, not the physical kind. Also funny to see Julian turn into a stunt man during the fight scenes. The same goes for Claire Forlani. Even the outtakes were a little boring (especially the Lee Evans sequences). How good can a Jackie Chan movie be, when Jackie's character is not called Jackie ??
This is an entertaining movie, but by no means is it a complicated movie.
But if you get a chance to watch this on DVD, watch the deleted scenes. It
looks like they had started off with the intention of filming a much more
complicated movie and then changed it entirely to something more
lighthearted. It looks like the original title of this movie was
Highbinders, probably a take off on Highlander, since this movie deals with
immortal supermen. Maybe it was supposed to be a comedic Highlander
originally, or something like Eddie Murphy's Golden Child. Perhaps they
decided that Golden Child had already been done, and it wasn't that
successful, so they edited this down heavily.
In the deleted scenes we see that the Watson character, played by Lee Evans, is even more frantic than he is in this cut. Bordering on Inspector Clouseau even. It even looks like they originally had plans to make a sequel to this movie, and even put a hook at the end of the movie to allow it to continue. But they decided against all that, and made it much less likely to have a sequel. This movie is 90 minutes, but if they had kept the original plot it may have gone 2-2.5 hours.
I think they made the right decision to shorten down and reduce the complexity of this movie. It keeps your attention longer this way. However, I wouldn't have minded seeing the more complex movie either.
With a budget of around 35millions dollars, this movie had roughly half the budget of a Jackie Chan Hollywood movie. You've got to bear that in mind when you see this film. It doesn't have the finesse or production values of a 'Shanghai Noon' or 'Rush Hour', but is perhaps superior (in it's look, anyway) to your run of the mill HK movie. This is supposed to be Hong Kong movie and some of the frenetic style of a HK action film can still be seen, despite considerable changes made by Sony. In particular the cargo ship shoot-out and the Dublin foot chase are pacey and have some pretty good stunts in them, and there are some humorous moments in the hospital when Lee Evans starts to realize there is something very strange about his recently deceased partner. The decision to go VFX-crazy for this movie was an experiment for Jackie that, I guess, won't be repeated.
I have enjoyed Jackie Chan movies for quite some time. However, I find this
movie lacking in the action scene department. Yes there are action scenes
but, I find that their use of the Chinese, movie style, martial art scenes
way over the top.
Sorry but, this is one of Jackies movies that I have no intention of watching again.
I like all of Jackie's newer movies (i.e., not crap like Drunken Master)
this one is OK. But it actually is a repeat of "The Tuxedo" which was
almost identical, except instead of a Tuxedo giving him the magic powers
is a medallion.
The same duel between him and the bad medallion wearer is at the end just like The Tuxedo. But the Tux was better all around, no romance, which he isn't good at yet.
Also, the leading lady in this one was poor compared to Tux.
I think he needs some new writers and he will come back...can't wait to see "Around the World in 80 Days"!
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