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Story was good but there was plot-holes

5/10
Author: UmaiR AhmaD from Pakistan
4 November 2014

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Well film was quite funny entertaining but was not up to the mark.I was expecting bit more from Jackie.Writing was not so good rather disappointing.Watson's acting was good an funny but i have question that they mentioned that they (Jackie and Nicole) wanted Watson to join their team and they cant do any good without him even they tried hard to convince him to be part of team so can any one tell me what he added to team or investigation?You are giving him funny role at least mould story that way.Eddie found man from snake's gang and leave him on street as nothing was happened shouldn't he be arrested for further investigate?Another example snake-head and Eddie's first fight shouldn't be snake afraid of Eddie because he was half immortal and Eddie was full but we see opposite.you cant be so dumb and stupid id you are wasting so much money and talent.So i would say it will probably disappoints Jackie's fans.

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The Medallion

2/10
Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
19 July 2014

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I remembered the title of this film (also known as Highbinders) because of the leading actors in it, I knew as well that it was rated the lowest of the low, one out of five stars, by critics, I was intrigued to see why more than anything. Basically Hong Kong police detective Eddie Yang (Jackie Chan) is cooperating with Interpol to try and capture international criminal AJ 'Snakehead' Staul (Julian Sands), who reading ancient historical books is trying to find a "chosen one"; every thousand years a boy is chosen to bind together two halves of a legendary medallion, and whoever has this medallion will gain super strength, amazing speed and ultimately immortality. This boy is Jai (Alex Bao), and one night searching for the criminal Eddie finds him hiding, he saves the life of the boy from a fire, but Snakehead is able to kidnap the boy and takes him to Ireland, so the Hong Kong officer travels there to continue the investigation with Interpol. In Ireland, Eddie is reunited with old flame Nicole James (The Rock's Claire Forlani) who has not heard from him for months, and also Arthur Watson (Lee Evans) who has worked with previously, he is not best pleased to see the Hong Kong officer. They track Jai to a harbour and shipping yard, Jai is trapped inside one of the containers, this container is knocked into the water with Eddie and they boy trapped inside, Jai is kept alive in an inflatable tent while Eddie dies from drowning, but Jai saves his life with the medallion, Arthur is shocked to see him reappear in the morgue, and his original dead body disappears. Jai splits the medallion into two pieces, giving one half to Eddie, and he sees the powers the medallion gives when Snakehead's men come and try to recapture the boy, despite protection by Nicole he is captured again and taken to a castle hideout, and Arthur's family are threatened by the criminal's thugs also, but Arthur's Chinese wife Charlotte Watson (Christy Chung) reveals her secret as being a police operative herself. After discovering Eddie is alive, Nicole joins him and Arthur to infiltrate the castle lair, they manage to get inside, but Snakehead kills Nicole and with the medallion becomes immortal, but Eddie uses the medallion to take away his life, and Jai allows Eddie to use it to resurrect Nicole, together their super powers remain, while Arthur is frightened with Jai entering a portal to another dimension. Also starring John Rhys-Davies as Cmdr. Hammerstock-Smythe, Anthony Wong as Lester and Johann Myers as Giscard. Chan may be charming and do his own stunts as usual, but Evans is sadly annoying with his attempts to do his over the top reactions and a little of his physical humour, the story is highly clunky and full of the most predictable moments, some fight and chase sequences were okay, but I didn't laugh much, this is just a complete mess of an action comedy fantasy. Pretty poor!

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Another crazy Jackie Chan flick.

5/10
Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA
8 April 2014

Here is another crazy, action-comedy starring Jackie Chan. He plays Hong Kong Cop Eddie Yan, who is transformed into a warrior with superpowers after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion. Eddie teams up with British Interpol agent Nicole James (Claire Forlani) to investigate the secret of the medallion and deal with the villainous Snakehead (Julian Hands).

Most of the movie is quick-paced with butt-kicking crazy action, much like a fantasy version of another Chan movie, The Tuxedo. But, this one lacks a solid plot (at least one to remember the movie by) that doesn't grab your attention much, and also lacks any suspense or tension to make it a worthwhile piece of entertainment. While much of the movie is with the necessary Jackie Chan action, it is loaded with childish fantasy elements and annoying slapstick comedy with extreme overacting, at the expense of Lee Evans.

There are some nice thrilling moments, though, particularly involving the villains, and the chemistry between Chan and Claire Forlani was quite nice.

Maybe little kids will enjoy this flick, but adults may probably well find better Jackie Chan films to watch.

Grade D+

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Jackie Chan Sells Out!

2/10
Author: Rebel_With_A_Cause_94 from United States
5 April 2014

If there was ever a film that would fit the term "Americanized", it would easily be The Medallion. This Jackie Chan outing easily ranks as one of the worst films of his career. The film starts off with potential, but quickly throws it all out the window as it indulges with painfully unfunny attempts at humor, awful cgi, and weak fight scenes. The best martial arts films in history are the ones were the actors are actually performing the martial arts themselves which are what makes it so impressive. When the fight scenes are obviously cgi (and very poorly) it destroys exactly what made Jackie Chan's previous films good. On top of that, the film tries way too hard to be a comedy as well with weak Michael Bay type humor that will have the audience rolling their eyes.

What else is there really to say about this film other than the fact that it really is one of the worst Jackie Chan films. Don't waste your time as Chan has plenty of other films out there and much better ones.

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A little cinematic time wasting with Jackie Chan, but by no means his best work.

4/10
Author: sunshinebeachcinema from United Kingdom
4 September 2013

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From the start, you know what page you should be on in Jackie Chan vehicle The Medallion. It exists to entertain, not to make any kind of bold spiritual or meaningful statement, even if the plot is grounded in a delightful magical hokum, which may or may not be inspired by certain elements of Chinese mysticism, which I'm sure it takes many liberties with.

Still, in this kind of film, a MacGuffin is required to get the plot moving. The titular Medallion is thousands of years old, and grants the holder a host of powers, including strength, speed and immortality. Naturally, some unscrupulous individuals are bound to want to get their hands on this wondrous item, and indeed they do, making off with both it and its child guardian Jai, who has been chosen by the fates as the only one who can activate the Medallion, by binding its two halves.

Who's on hand to stop this selfish abuse of ancient power? Hong Kong police officer Eddie Yang, (Jackie Chan). Chan plays his usual role as the dogged nice guy, battling against all the odds, and a seemingly never-ending stream of enemy goons, with only his skill at martial arts to protect him. As ever, it's impossible to dislike Chan, and you end up along for the ride, and rooting for him every time.

Lee Evans appears as Arthur Watson, a somewhat incompetent Interpol agent who is partnered with Jackie and becomes his comic foil. Throughout Jackie Chan's extensive filmography, he has been paired with numerous partners, especially in his Hollywood productions that have tended to exploit the "buddy cop" dynamic to its full potential. Lee Evans, for example, is not Owen Wilson, who performs admirably alongside Chan in Shanghai Noon (2000) and its sequel. Similarly, Chan's partnership with Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour film series is, of course, the stuff of cinematic legend.

That said, Evans is not a bad choice for Chan's partner. If you like him, he can be endearing, and his character here is written with this intention. However, like many stand-up comedians, he succumbs to the Marmite effect – you either love him or you hate him. If you fall in the latter category, he is likely to annoy you all the way though, and his presence in the film could be a deal breaker.

Claire Forlani's character, another agent by the name of Nicole, is an old flame of Eddie/Jackie's. Regrettably, she is not particularly engaging and there is little chemistry between her and Jackie to give credence to their previous relationship. She seems to fill the obligatory role of the love interest to accompany the primary duo into the finale, but I would have preferred to see this role filled by Charlotte Watson (Christy Chung), Arthur's wife, who appears during a fight in the Watson household, revealing herself to be an agent too. Pre-dating Mr. & Mrs. Smith by two years, neither Arthur nor Charlotte have filled each other in on their true professions, but when her family is threatened, Charlotte springs into action. For some reason, nothing is made of this after the scene, and the character does not appear again.

Those who grew up watching the animated series Jackie Chan Adventures might enjoy a nostalgia trip when they recognise a familiar sounding villain in the form of Julian Sands, who proves that the stereotype of the well-spoken British villain is still very much alive in his role as the borderline psychotic crime lord known as "Snakehead". At times, this film can feel like a live action imagining of the aforementioned series, where Sands played Jackie's nemesis, a similar villain with a penchant for the theft of mystical items.

Gordon Chan directs, as an experienced figure in Hong Kong cinema who has worked with Jackie Chan before. Gordon Chan's other notable works include remakes of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury (1972): Fist of Legend (1994), starring Jet Li, and Legend of the Fist (2010). As ever, the real star is not the plot or characterisation, but the fight scenes with Jackie, who is well known for performing all of his own stunts, to the point that nobody would insure him. Typically, the director is happy to let Jackie do his thing, whilst the soundtrack plays some pop rock with a groovy bass line. During the finale, Forlani's fight with her female counterpart in Snakehead's organisation is set to a rocking blues guitar solo. Perhaps this choice of score is not surprising; the soundtrack was co-written by Steve Porcaro, one of the founding members of Toto.

In a film about a medallion that gives supernatural powers, the most entertaining fights are the most realistic. These are the ones where Jackie fights a number of thugs in an industrial location. Once in the sewers beneath the streets of Hong Kong, and twice on container ships, in Dublin and Victoria Harbour. Once the characters inevitably become juiced up on the medallion's powers, the fights seem somehow less impressive. Whilst events become visually more extreme, and the stakes are technically higher, what with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, conflicts between these newly immortal warriors lack the tension of a fierce urban punch-up. The Medallion's powers do give Jackie the chance to perform near super-human stunts, such as scaling a building, or leaping a large gate in one smooth movement. I'm sure some of these stunts must be his own, unassisted, proving he doesn't really need these powers after all, even if his character wouldn't normally be up to it.

This film, while an hour and a half of entertaining absurdity, does not deserve further analysis, nor does it ask for it. Jackie Chan saves this film, simply by doing what he does best. But it is by no means his best work.

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William Burroughs Cut-up approach to martial arts?

Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom
15 August 2011

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They put this on the television the other night, and that would have been the second time I'd watched this film if I hadn't realised how crap it was twenty minutes into it and switched it off. The Medallion is the absolute worst Jackie Chan film...a film that takes a similar plot to the Tuxedo of all things and chucks in a bit of The Golden Child to make a confusing unfunny mess of a movie. They must have had some amount of trouble during the production of this film, because the story seems chopped up into little bits, not a lot of it makes much sense, and the DVD extras contain scenes unrelated to the story. Plus (or minus even) - it has Lee Evans in it, and he's not funny, Julian Sands, who is just plain crap, and some chick who had learned every 'coy' chick facial expression but is completely confused as to when and where to use them, and therefore throws every expression into every scene. On with the story. The Golden Child has been kidnapped and...no wait. The Chosen One, a kid with a medallion, can somehow bring back the dead with special powers, and Julian Sands wants these powers. He sends loads of crap gangsters out to carry out this task (I think this bit takes place in Hong Kong), and in a very Golden Child-like scene Jackie rescues him. Or doesn't. Because after a brief introduction to Julian Sands, we are now shown the gangsters with the kid (wait I'm confused...looking back I think there were too different container filled ship scenes here...one in Honk Kong and one in Dublin (?)) This is the trouble with this flick. It jumps from one scene to another without any kind of warning. One minute every one is in London - the next Dublin - then seemingly back in London again (I think). Jackie and the bad acting chick had apparently split up and Jackie had also fell out with Lee Evans, and they are all cops or agents or something. No wait - they are Interpol...I remember now. I'll cut this short - Jackie gets killed and the kid brings him back with superpowers, meaning he can get shot and jump really high and run really fast but Julian Sands gets the same powers and they fight it out in Julian's high tech baddie lair. Chick gets killed but then brought back and she and Jackie fly off into the sunset. Lee Evans pulls some faces. The first time I watched this film me and the missus sat for a while trying to figure out what was going on. Here are some of the questions that arose during this film:

1. If the kid is Chinese why does he have a cockney (or dutch) accent? 2. Why Dublin? Has Jackie run out of exotic locations to travel to? 3. Why is it never explained why Lee Evans' wife is suddenly a shotgun shooting karate expert when previously she didn't even know Lee Evans was an Interpol agent? 4. When Jackie saves the kid from drowning in the water filled container, how come Jackie is drowning and yet can put his hand inside the inflatable tent without any water going in? 5. Am I crazy or does no one get killed in this film? 6. Why does Jackie have such bad luck when making films in the US? 7. Why, if that's the case, can you not escape from this fortress? 8. You're my little brother, Mikey! 9. It's Chinatown. 10. Boingo! 11. 1..1.1..11.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1111.1.1.1.111.1.1.111.1.1.1.1 Sorry - I got bored back there...This film isn't worth watching

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Not Jackie Chan's worst - but still a long way from being good

4/10
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England
16 January 2011

The Medallion aka Highbinders has the distinction of not being quite as bad as many of Jackie Chan's recent disastrous films, but it's not even close to being good either. A big-budget high concept misfire, there's not much visible bang for its buck or even much concept after the studio rejected director Gordon Chan's rough cut and replaced him with Doug Aarniokoski for extensive reshoots: even the deleted scenes on the DVD offer different backstories for the same character in the hope that if they shot long enough they'd find something that would work. The finished film itself suffers from similar schizophrenic moments, with the relationship between its unlikely cop pairing of Jackie Chan and, er, Lee Evans suddenly having a completely new history as soon as the location moves from Hong Kong to tax break filmmaking friendly Dublin.

The premise isn't terribly imaginative to begin with: Chan's Hong Kong cop and Evans' Interpol agent are trying to catch vaguely defined villain Julian Sands and rescue a Golden Child he's kidnapped to harness the power of a medallion that can bestow super powers and immortality. Eventually Chan gets killed only to come back with vaguely defined superpowers - largely relating to bad wire work and poor special effects - and yada yada yada, you've heard it all before. With the plot reduced to its barest elements and the relationship between the two stars a non-starter, all that's left to hold the fort are Sammo Hung's action scenes, but even these are so lazily staged with such a plethora of unconvincing wire work it's no great surprise to find most of them relegated to the deleted scenes bin.

Unfortunately the end result is the kind of film that'll make you look back on even Eddie Murphy's career-stalling The Golden Child as surely not being as weak as this. It's full of gaping plot holes (just why does Evan's screen wife Christy Chung have a hidden armoury in the broom cupboard? Why does Chan's resurrection barely cause a raised eyebrow?), Chan seems to have given up on the film fairly early on and is just going through the motions, a dubbed Anthony Wong is wasted in a throwaway supporting role and matters aren't helped any by Adrian Lee's disgracefully bad nudge-nudge wink-wink score Mickey Mousing every failed joke. But the film's real coup de grace is the catastrophic miscasting of Lee Evans, who veers from the odd vaguely competent moment to the more frequently pitifully abysmal (and that's with his worst scene disguised as a Clouseau-esque Russian captain taken out of the film). There's one okay chase scene in Dublin, though nothing to compare to Chan's earlier triumphs, and a couple of the jokes don't fall completely flat, but the overall impression is of a film that feels like an utterly anonymous failed TV pilot. For a kid's show. And yet it's still less painful to watch than The Tuxedo or Around the World in 80 Days. But don't mistake that for a recommendation...

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Chan's Film Drowns In Its Aspirations of a Guilty Pleasure...

3/10
Author: fearfulofspiders from United States
24 September 2008

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I love Jackie Chan, so much to the point where he inspired me (partially) to start doing karate (Tang Soo Do) and after sticking with it for three-and-a-half years, I finally achieved my black belt. In a way, Jackie is one of my all-time heroes.

However, this film is probably his worst yet -- possibly ever. Every single attempt at comedy falls flat, which is a real shame, as I was expecting a lot more from the star of Shanghai Noon and The Legend of the Drunken Master. Chan's performance is lackluster, Forlani is okay, John Rhys-Davis seems bored and unenthusiastic, and Evans is total lackluster in every way.

The action is mediocre, and to finally see a film where Chan didn't do the vast majority of his own stunts was sad. The lame attempts at resembling an old (corny) martial arts' film and possibly The Matrix at some points, made me cringe too much. The final battle is preposterous and made me lose a lot of hope for Chan's future career in film.

All in all, with very bad acting, story, and action to match, there's just nothing to appreciate from this movie. Nothing works, except to bring another guilty pleasure into my collection. This is a film I highly recommend to anyone who likes to make their own commentary, as I can't think of any discernible reason as to why someone would have to endure this. I give it three-stars for the fact that it really is a guilty pleasure for its extreme lameness. Don't watch this.

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Who is this movie for?

2/10
Author: Kris from Norway
13 July 2007

I must agree with the slaughter from most reviewers: This film is purely bad, all the way through. The humor could have been appropriate for five to ten year old kids, was it not for most of the "jokes" revolving around violence, relationships and sexual confusion. Most of it even makes Benny Hill mature in comparison. (And, for the record, the acting and stunt work Benny Hill pulled of was waaay better!) By the way, most kids rather watch cartoons when they want funny stuff! Given its PG rating and excessive violence and sex references, I guess the only audience able to tolerate this lowlifemumbojumbo are adults at the intellectual level of infants. If you want to see Jackie, go watch something else!

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Neat superhero-ish action adventure

7/10
Author: sarastro7
24 February 2005

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I don't know why a lot of people seem to think Jackie Chan's The Medallion is so terrible. I thought it was effective comedy and good action with a superhero-like slant. All of the cast turn in good performances with hints of true zaniness (if that's a word - and acc. to the IMDb spellchecker, it is!).

It's not a masterpiece, but it's an above average adventure/comedy flick, *at least* as good or better than recent movies in similar genres (like for instance Tomb Raider). It's true it is reminiscent of Eddie Murphy's Golden Child, but The Medallion is much better than that one.

7 out of 10.

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