I caught this film the other day and it was very entertaining. Jackie Chan has been performing unbelievable physical feats since the seventies, and he continues to amaze in this film. Sure, the plot is fairly thin, but no more so than your typical action film. But, Jackie's fights and the accompanying choreography is stunning. He continues to pay homage to his silent film heroes Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplain with his flawless physical comedy and slapstick, including a doff of the cap to the Keystone Kops. Owen Wilson is pretty funny, using current slang and references in the 19th century setting. The martial artist who plays Jackie's sister is also tremendous. The production values are top notch and this might be his finest US effort to date and puts his career back on the right track (just try to forget the Tuxedo ever happened--brutal). Highly recommended!
"Well, you can't involve friendship with business. It has to be one or the other. It's either business or friendship, or hit the bricks!" --Life Lessons from "The Tao of Bobby the Brain Heenan" Uncensored 2000 preview
"As long as the check don't bounce, I guess he's okay with it!" --Former All Pro Giants LB Harry Carson on Bill Parcells joining the hated rival Dallas Cowboys
The weather has kept me from getting to the local theater and checking this one out ... Unfortunately, it seems that the disappointment of "The Tuxedo" is rubbing off on Jackie's other projects, as the movie's profits are slipping rapidly at the box office.
Such a shame ... Maybe "Rush Hour 3" will help put Mister Chan bac k on top here in the States.
I only had one problem with the movie as a whole. the kid. The reveal on who Charlie was, was a bit too much of a "Wink Wink" to me, especially on the heels of the reveal on Artie (which most of the audience still didn't get. Feh.)
The Jack the Ripper bit was a surprise, since I had expected he and Rathbone would be one and the same.
Within a 2 year period, Jackie's done movies with John Lone and Donnie Yen. This makes me verrry happy. Now he just needs to do a film with Bolo Yeung to make up my holy triumvirate of evil. =)
I have a special friend. He's the baby Jesus and I love him and...and...he don't give me no s**t and he don't f**k around and he's just the f**king coolest guy and I wanna say I love the baby Jesus.I can't say enough.I love the baby Jesus and I think...he's the best thing and he's really great when he shares his love for everbody.You know what I mean?I can't even see a manger without thinkin' about him,eh?I just love the Jesus.I've only been into him for a couple of hours though,but I'm really into him. --Bruce McCulloch
I stumbled on these photos from the Denver Post. They were originally published last year, on the Fall of Saigon's 35th anniversary. There is 141 of them on one page, full size. So beware if you use dialup, and keep in mind they are at times graphic.