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The Medallion (PG-13)
Tristar Pictures
Official Site
Director: Gordan Chan
Producer: Alfred Cheung
Screenwriter: Bey Logan
Cast: Jackie Chan, Claire Forlani, Lee Evans, Julian Sands

Rating: out of 5


Jackie Chan is perhaps the world’s most famous entertainer. It is a shame that most people in America will never know the origin of the star’s fame and popularity. Jackie Chan’s American movies have been somewhat of a mixed bag. The Rush Hour or Shanghai Noon series were amusing, but Jackie was relegated to the role of the kung fu punching straight man while his “sidekick” mugged for the camera. Jackie is getting old and is no longer capable of achieving the same level of intensity in his physical performances, but he is such a performer that a reality TV show following him to the grocery store would be far more entertaining than most movies made today. During the course of his film career Jackie has been dropped out of a helicopter, hit by a car, and had his nose broken more times than one can remember. One can practically see him screaming at us from the gladiatorial arena “Are you not entertained?” Unfortunately as far as his latest work is concerned we aren’t.

The Medallion is a mess of a movie. The story is simple enough. Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong detective who is imbued with magic powers after contact with the eponymous medallion. Of course the crazy supervillian Snakehead (Sands) wants the magic powers for himself and so it is up to Jackie Chan and Interpol agents Watson (Evans) and Nicole (Forlani) to bring him down. To fill the running time the movie is full contrived humorous situations and that enemy of modern filmmaking, music videos. The pacing is horribly uneven featuring lightweight humor and awkward heavy moments within minutes of each other. Even the quality of filmmaking is inconsistent. The camera is often held at 45-degree angles and occasionally it appears they cut corners by using a cheaper brand of film. Worst of all, the constantly playing background music is terrible. When Claire Forlani’s character is introduced it sounded like porno music, leading one to expect “action” of an entirely different sort. Overall the entire movie comes off feeling cheap and unfinished.

The fights are few and far between and when they do occur they are of the most unimaginative variety. The director, Gordon Chan, also directed Fist Of Legend and Sammo Hung choreographed the fight scenes so it was not unreasonable to expect a whole lot more. The concept of this movie is flawed. Jackie Chan doesn’t need any super powers or special effects to kick ass. He just needs good directing and worthy adversaries. The original title was Highbinders, which would lead one to hope that this was a decent film before some money-grubbing Hollywood goon came in and altered it during post-production. That’s a pleasant fantasy, but odds are this was just a shitty movie from start to finish. It is good to see Jackie and his pals from Hong Kong getting work, but let’s hope their next project is one more worthy of their talents, and someone should tell Anthony Wong to work on his English.

—Woodrow Bogucki

 

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