Release Date: October 13, 2017
Run Time: 1 hour 54 min
After Credit Scene: NO IMAX Viewing: NO 3D Viewing: NO Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 7.7 out of 10
A non-spoiler review.
“A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.”
What works: Finally a Jackie Chan movie that allows him to act, truly act (ok, he isn’t going to get any acting award nominations), without any comedic moments between moments of action. He may be older, but the man still has the action scenes down. Pierce Brosnan plays a government official with ties to the IRA and is caught in the middle of law officials and a mourning father whom want information. You get solid performances from both and there is plenty of action for everyone to appreciate. If Rambo and Jason Bourne were to run into Jackie Chan, I feel like they all would have their hands full.
What doesn’t work: The supporting cast, specifically the terrorists, feel very empty and the acting takes a hit. I’m always wondering where all these people always seem to have martial arts training. Jackie Chan’s character always seems to have a way out and we’re supposed to just fill in the blanks that he gets away and moves on. There is a romance in the film that just doesn’t seem to fit and honestly, we could have done without that entire subplot.
All in all, I enjoyed the film. I enjoyed it most because this is not your stereotypical Chan movie because the story is a bit more grounded and Jackie gets a chance to act. Yes, we get some of the martial arts flavor that we see in many of his movies, but it is toned down and fits well into the story. Let’s hope we can see Jackie in more serious movie roles that don’t focus on what he is mostly known for, antic ridden martial arts fighting.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give The Foreigner a 7.7. Grab some concessions and enjoy some action, Rambo style.
Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris). Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!
Marshall (Open Road Films) – Drama/Biography
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and some strong language.
Tag Line: His Name Means Justice
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad
Plot: About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Running Time: 118 minutes
Rob F: Chadwick Boseman showed us the story of Jackie Robinson, and now he will show us that of Thurgood Marshall. With the ugliness of racism still far too prevalent in society, maybe this is film we should all watch and try to learn from. Chris: Now, here is a piece of history I would like to learn more about. Nicely cut trailer, and Chadwick Boseman is one of my new favorites on the scene today. Wayne: Looks like a very interesting story and one I would pay to see. Buying a ticket.
The Foreigner (STX Entertainment) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for violence, language and some sexual material
Tag Line: Never push a good man too far.
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Katie Leung
Plot: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Wayne: I want to see Jackie Chan in a role where it isn’t with some silly detective. High hopes for this film. Buying a ticket. Rob F: Jackie Chan is not someone I would want to piss off, but this looks mediocre at best. Pass. Chris: Refreshing change of pace from cop buddy and silly roles for the talented Chan. I am very excited to see him square off against Brosnan in what looks to be an intense film.
Happy Death Day (Universal Pictures) – Horror/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity
Tag Line: Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard
Plot: A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
Running Time: 96 minutes
Chris: Similar feel to Final Destination but a lot less fun it seems. I like my horror movies, but this one is not calling me to the theater. Wayne: I’ve seen Ground Hog Day and this is a twist on it. Not so sure I would enjoy seeing this one though. I’m going to pass. Rob: Groundhog Day meets Scream. Good laughs I am sure, and I have a free pass that I might burn on this one.
Breathe (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including some bloody medical images
Tag Line: An inspiration love story.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander
Plot: The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Running Time: 117 minutes
Rob F: Looks like a good film, but not a big screen one for me. Wayne: An excellent cast with a compelling story. I may not see it in the theater, but it is worth seeing. Buying a ticket. Chris: I have this feeling that we are going to be very sad in the end. Love is complicated and beautiful even in the face of hopelessness. I’ll wait for the small screen though.
Goodbye Christopher Robin (Fox Searchlight) – Biography/History/Family
Rated PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language
Tag Line: Inspired by the true story.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie
Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.
Running Time: 107 minutes
Chris: Wow, I was taken by surprise with this one. Captured me right from the get-go, and I will definitely be seeing this one. Decidedly not Hollywood Poo(h). Rob F: No thanks. Animated I can tolerate some Pooh, but not a big enough fan to see this. Wayne: I’m not a fan of this time period but the actors have me interested. Still, going to pass.
Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman (Annapurna Pictures) – Drama
R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language.
Tag Line: Meet the women behind the man behind the woman.
Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote
Plot: The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.
Running Time: 108 minutes Wayne: I’m curious about this story only because I’m a fan of Wonder Woman, but feel this film will fall flat on viewers. I’m going to pass. Chris: Hey, it’s the pervy comic book creator origin story! Rob F: I’d probably rent it because of its relation to comics.
Tickets Purchased: Two for The Foreigner (Chris and Wayne) and One for Marshall (Rob)