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The fact that Jackie Chan's character is a provider of sustanence for the masses (on an extrapolated basis, a TV celebrity chef is able to reach and feed, if only by proxy, millions more than than the average soup kitchen hash slinger) goes on to demonstrate the solid foundation of the working class throughout the world. The villainous gangsters who kidnap Chan's girlfriend are a representation of the oppressive wealth that controls society (there are other gangsters of less means who, even though still representing a contrary force to that of Chan's character, still face with Chan a common enemy bent on monopolizing commerce in a Microsoft-esque fashion...this premise was similarly used in the earlier "Rumble In The Bronx").
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The police, representative of the supposed "order" as provided by government, is portrayed as being incapable (if not completely incompetent) in their attempts to aid Chan (again, he represents society as a whole). The controlling influence of the established bourgeoisie (perfectly housed in an opulent mansion that seems to be more akin to a modern art museum than a home for a single person...this further clarifies the idea that the gang boss is more representative of a class as a whole than his own wants and accomplishments) extends beyond the influence of society as it is taught in primary school.
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The climax of the movie represents the ultimate triumph of the working class in that the (literal) vehicle used to render the afforementioned mansion to kindling is not, as would be expected in an "ordinary" action movie, a military device (helicopter, rocket launcher, Sherman tank), but instead a monstrous dump truck (a Terex Titan, I believe), a larger-than-life representative device used by those who construct, every bit as representative of the working class as a pair of Dr. Martens' steel-toed boots.
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Do I seriously believe any of that? Of course not...it's all art school, smoke-filled screening room crap. This is a simply a very good action movie...not the best Jackie Chan offering, but far from the worst. I rate the fight scenes a cut above "Rumble In The Bronx", but "Rumble..." probably had the better stunts. Seriously, anyone who's seen one Jackie Chan film knows what to expect in any of the rest...ENTERTAINMENT. If you don't like his movies, you just don't like action movies, period. If you've never seen any of Jackie's films, this one isn't a bad introduction. I recommend it as a matter of course to any action fan who seeks a fun movie at a good price.
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on June 29, 2001
Lets face it. This is a bad movie. The plot is terrible and hard to follow, plus the dialogue is atrocious. However, this movie does have some saving graces.
This movie is filled with action. I mean good action and well chorographed fight sequences. That is a sign of director Sammo Hung's extraordinary ability to creative mind blowing fights. The best of the lot is a scene inside a van where Jackie messes up a bunch of baddies with limited space to move around. An honorable mention is the escape on a horse drawn carriage.
Another feature to look for in this film is Richard Norton, the Aussie martial artist who has starred in dozens of Hong Kong action flicks. His performance is terrible, but he gets his face rearranged towards the end courtesy of Mr. Chan, which is worth the wait.
If you are in dire need of Jackie Chan fix then this movie is right up your alley. If you are looking for a good story and acting, look elsewhere.
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on April 4, 2001
The plot should be stupid. I think the common misconception about Jackie Chan is that he wanted his films to have engaging plots and failed. Ummm, Jackie Chan is as much a comedian as he is a martial artist. In fact, if you want martial arts without the comedy you'd be better off with Jet Li or *cringe* Jean Claude Van Damme. Ouch, okay now that I've shaken that one off, Jackie Chan is one of the great Kings of B-Moviedom. The most famous are the horror Kings (Bruce Campbell, John Carpenter), but the archetypal Hong Kong action flick of yesteryear was hideously low budget (still is) and the choices are limited. Does one make a high action film with no plot, or a no action film with all plot. These are the two main choices in most of Asia. But I think Jackie has found the best option: Make a funny action movie with a deliberately weak plot and laughably cheesy acting. And voila. A unique and value-budgeted movie.
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on February 4, 2003
This film is a middling effort from Jackie Chan--it doesn't disappoint. It's not his best but far from his worst.
That said, this disc is worth it for a couple of reasons: First, it is priced cheaply. Second, the Jackie Chan filmography feature contains clips from other films that you can view by clicking on them. These include a Rush Hour trailer and a scene from Rumble in the Bronx, but most notably, the *entire* ladder fight sequence from First Strike. Considering that the ladder fight is easily the best scene in First Strike, this to me was almost like getting both movies at once. For a low price you get one solid full-length film, as well as the standout fight sequence from another film which was otherwise less remarkable.
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on November 18, 1999
Quite simply put, this could have landed itself in Chan's all-time greats (which include Drunken Master 2, Police Story, Project A, Crime Story, Operation Condor, Young Master, Miracles). The action is some of the best he's done in years with set-pieces that are sublime, including the fight on the horse-drawn carriage and the construction sight. What stops it from being a masterpiece? The performances. Jackie gives his usual solid performance, but seems to be surrounded by wooden and ham acting galore. Sadly some of the lines are unintentionally funny and detract from what is otherwise a top-notch Chan film.
If you're reading this Jackie, please remake this film with different actors!
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on January 29, 2000
This movie was a decent Jackie Chan film but with all of the bad actors it made it uneasy to watch. Also the American version has been butchered with a few scenes deleted and some moved around. The bad thing about New Line's version is that they took out the theme song at the end with Jackie singing it. If you can get your hands on a Golden Harvest imported version then get it cause it's a lot better than the New Line U.S. release. If you want to get one of the newer Chan flicks then go with "Who Am I?" because it's much better than this one.
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on December 8, 2003
CRIMINALS GO AFTER A TV CHEF [JACKIE CHAN] WHO UNWITTINGLY HELPS A GIRL ESCAPE THEM WITH A VIDEOTAPE THAT HAS EVIDENCE OF A MURDER. ARGUABLY THE BEST MOVIE THAT JACKIE CHAN HAS DONE IN RECENT YEARS. HAS SOME OF JACKIE'S BEST FIGHTS AND SOME OF JACKIE'S BEST STUNTS. EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE JACKIE CHAN, YOU JUST CAN'T DENY THIS MOVIE. IF YOU DON'T GOT THIS MOVIE, GET IT NOW! LOOK FOR A BRIEF APPEARANCE BY SAMO HUNG.
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on October 5, 2008
Well... the acting is not great, and they made a few tech errors but other than that it was great. It was quite funny a lot of the action was really good. From dodging skids to rolling over a running table saw this movie has great action. It is a shame jackie did not get paired up with a good plot in this movie. thats the trade off i guess.
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on January 21, 1999
This was good Jackie. Some incredible fast paced action scenes and a cheesy plot that you just have to laugh at. The fighting is some of Jackie's best and this is a much better buy then Rumble in the Bronx or Supercop.
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on May 16, 1999
Yep this is a Jackie Chan flick alright,stunts,bad guys,and absolutly no one working on continuity!!But hey thats a Chan flick!If you like Jackie's movies,you will like this one,it's good fun and lots of action.
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