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The Foreigner - Written Movie Review

Eddie here. Tonight I'm reviewing the 2017 Political Thriller film, The Foreigner, directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye, both Zorro films, and many others), and stars Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. Quan, a Chinese born immigrant businessman, who's long-buried past erupts in a revengeful vendetta when his teenage- daughter dies in a senseless act of political motivated terrorism. His search to find the ones responsible leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with both Pierce Brosnan and the British government officials, whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the killers. I enjoyed this film a lot more than I thought I would. Jackie Chan gives one of his most outstanding performances of his career and this is probably one of the best performances by Pierce Brosnan, despite it not being my favorite movie of his filmography but it's up there with his best. Jackie Chan gives us a more grittier, emotional performance I've ever seen him do, which was a nice branch out for him instead of doing his all-out typical karate movie. You really feel emotionally torn for Jackie Chan's character as he's a guy who's been through hell-and- back. If you're going into this thinking that you're going to see Jackie Chan flying around like a Ninja, you're going to be heavily disappointed with it because this is a totally 180 change from what we're use to seeing with him. The film's cinematography is absolutely dark, gritty, and beautifully shot. I also have to give credit to Martin Campbell for his camera work as usual. The film has great brutality, score, and the choreography of the fight scenes were awesome as expected from a film with Jackie Chan in it. I enjoyed the complex story with the plot despite having some issues with it as well, which I'll get into in a minute. I was going into this film worrying that the plot would be straightforward but it's not, which was a great thing. The only issue I had with the complex plot is that you have a story where Jackie Chan's revengeful plot being played out, but the film changes its course and becomes a political thriller that really doesn't have anything to do with Jackie Chan's plotline, but mainly for Pierce Brosnan's character. It's not like it was a bad thing, but it does kind of throw you off on the flow of the film and you forget Jackie Chan's purpose because they focus a lot more on Pierce Brosnan's character throughout majority of this film. Chan really wasn't in this as much as I thought he was going to be, which was a disappointment. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the political thriller part of the story with some of its twists and turns. My main issue I had with this film was that you kind of knew who the villain is, but the film still has some nice twists on finding out who's doing the actual bombings for the villain. It's like the film is trying to be smart and clever, but didn't succeed on that despite it being a great film. Its an enjoyable film and I do recommend it. I'm going to give The Foreigner an 8.5/10. What were your thoughts on this film? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you in my next review.

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