The Foreigner Sees Jackie Chan As An Intense Father Out For Revenge
The Foreigner (2017) Jackie Chan
(Last Updated On: July 2, 2017)

Jackie Chan is still making movies despite being quite up there in age. In fact he’s 63 years old, but that hasn’t stopped the action star from appearing in action movies. His latest film is called The Foreigner, and it’s a serious thriller.

The movie reminds me of the old Dr. Seuss book taken to extreme heights, a bit like Green Eggs & Ham: With A Vengeance. Jackie Chan’s character in the movie loses his daughter to a terrorist explosion in London, England. He’s convinced that a former IRA diplomat, played by Jambes Bond alumni Pierce Brosnan, working in the London embassy has ties to the terrorists. Chan keeps asking about the names of the terrorists and he keeps getting brushed to the side and ignored by Brosnan, who claims he doesn’t know. Chan then begins to escalate things to Taken levels in order to get information out of Brosnan and his men.

There’s about 10 tons worth of awesome in that two minute trailer, and I couldn’t stop smiling the entire way through.

Everything about that trailer was done perfectly; the suspense, the build-up, the tension, the action. They managed to showcase all the good bits without spoiling the movie, which is something that’s become extremely rare in today’s movie business.

A lot of people are saying this film is like John Wick meets Taken, and I can’t say that’s far off. It also reminds me a little bit of I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and Dead Man Down, two flicks that also had a similar revenge theme to The Foreigner.

The highlight of the trailer is that we finally get to see Jackie Chan in a serious thriller after all these years. Sure he was in The Shinjuku Incident, and sure the later Police Stories were more crime-dramas than actual action-thrillers, but this film here from Martin Campbell looks to tie together the intensity of thrillers like Non-Stop or Taken and combine them with Chan’s intrinsic nature to whoop butt and take names using a variety of household objects and martial arts prowess.

This film probably would have also been perfectly suited for Donnie Yen, who’s still young enough to jump, leap and run without too many problems, but it’s still nice to see Jackie Chan kicking butt and taking names at the ripe age of 63.

You can look for The Foreigner to land in a theater near you beginning this October.


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  • SevTheBear

    A must see for me

  • Migi

    I liked jackie, Till he became a China state owned puppet.

  • stephen e. hansen

    in portola valley we frown on letting folks like mr chan move in.

  • MONAD

    This looks beat for beat damn near the same plot as “Collateral Damage”. I mean, it’s INCREDIBLY similar.

    • It is very similar but in Collateral Damage, Arnold wasn’t doing bad things to get to bad people. He actually spent most of the movie being somewhat out of the loop and unprepared.

      • MONAD

        Still. The family member getting killed by a terrorist organization thing isn’t exactly new and fresh, even with Jackie and Pierce in it. It looks incredibly generic and uninteresting. At least Collateral Damage was somewhat realistic in its depiction of the main protag. Jackie just looks like a goddamn psycopath, and I don’t feel a real sympathy for him, tbh.

        • When he gave that death stare into the camera, I kind of figured this wasn’t going to be a traditional hero flick. Looks more like an anti-villain sort of thing. Reminds me of a lot of South Korean flicks. I’m fine with that so long as it’s entertaining.

  • Disqusted

    YouTube recommended me a video of 3 reasons why Jackie Chan isn’t as nice a guy as you may think, or something like that. They were really lame reasons.

    The first was he said America is the most corrupt country in the world, which it probably is.

    The second was he posted a picture saying that even China has blue sky green grass. Which it probably does, somewhere. And I feel like China would probably ban him if he didn’t suck up to them.

    The third was he publically said he only married his wife because she got pregnant. I understand that it’s not something you should really be talking about publically, but personally I’d prefer he admit that then pretend otherwise.

    Regardless, I don’t expect him to be a nice guy. He’s human.

    Anyway, I’m not a fan of his recent Hollywood movies. Much prefer his old Hong Kong stuff, like Police Story 1-2. We’ve talked about that before, though.

    • EroBotan

      Yeah, those reasons are lame indeed
      1. no way america is the most corrupt country, my bet are on those moslem countries. In these countries, the laws are made to support the corrupt government officials and oppress non-moslems/LGBT (yup, even the moderate ones are like this!!!).
      2. China do have beautiful sceneries but i heard their cities are also one of the most polluted ones.
      3. I agree with you, it’s kinda lame but at least he admit it, i mean it’s private family matter. No one force him to talk about it but he say it anyway.

      • Disqusted

        Yeah, China has a lot of pollution, but I’m sure there’s beautiful scenery somewhere in China.

        I feel like I’ve heard the U.S. also has laws made to support corrupt government officials. Don’t ask me what, because I don’t remember. There is definitely corruption going on, though. I think the West is just better at concealing it than other countries.

        I honestly can’t say who is “more corrupt”. I guess you could say the other countries are so corrupt that they don’t even need to hide it. It doesn’t really matter to me who is more corrupt, because I hate all corruption regardless.

        Some people get upset whenever anyone points out corruption, just because they don’t want to admit their own country has corruption. They want to feel proud of their country, but they don’t want to deal with its problems?

        Positions of power attract the exact kind of people who shouldn’t have power. If there aren’t constant checks, corruption will inevitably spread. And there usually aren’t constant checks because people tend to let their guard down over time when nothing significant happens.

        Anyway, sorry for going off-topic. Stupid YouTube keeps recommending me the weirdest shit.

        • EroBotan

          i’m using this logic to tell who is the most corrupt, if the country is still standing firm then it can’t be the most corrupt country, if it’s 3rd world shithole then it’s a big candidate, if the country is on the verge of bankruptcy, people are starving, etc then it’s most likely the one.

        • EroBotan

          i’m using this logic to tell who is the most corrupt, if the country is still standing firm then it can’t be the most corrupt country, if it’s 3rd world shithole then it’s a big candidate, if the country is on the verge of bankruptcy, people are starving, etc then it’s most likely the one.

        • EroBotan

          i’m using this logic to tell who is the most corrupt, if the country is still standing firm then it can’t be the most corrupt country, if it’s 3rd world shithole then it’s a big candidate, if the country is on the verge of bankruptcy, people are starving, etc then it’s most likely the one.

    • descent3031

      Really? You didn’t come across this?
      “”I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want,”

      Of course, when he says we, he doesn’t mean him.. he means other Chinese people.

      I’m sure he’s not a bad guy, but his views are fucked. He has a completely authoritarian and hypocritical view of the world, that is utterly in line with the Chinese government.

      And Tom Cruise is a fucking narcissistic whack job who believes in engrams. They both make kick ass movies though.

      • Disqusted

        I get the impression Jackie Chan moonlights as a propagandist for China, for whatever reason. I remember hearing him say some silly stuff a long time ago, but forgot what.

        Tom Cruise is a scientologist, right? I think that says enough.

      • Disqusted

        I get the impression Jackie Chan moonlights as a propagandist for China, for whatever reason. I remember hearing him say some silly stuff a long time ago, but forgot what.

        Tom Cruise is a scientologist, right? I think that says enough.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Dead Man Down completely went under my radar. Looking it up now, I see it cost about $30 million to make but only made back $18 million. It was also direct by the guy who directed Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, his first American film.

    It seems like some time ago more directors could make a break in America, but now it seems like more and more stuff just withers and dies here. I wonder if that’s how Jackie Chan felt during the 80s when his American made stuff just wasn’t sticking here.

    With Jackie, it seems like he gradually stopped doing stuff that ended up in American theaters. There was Rush Hour 3, and then some spy nanny movie or something, and then he was gone. The older action hero star, which was once guys like Bronson and Eastwood, ended up being Liam Neeson. After Taken, there were the sequels but I had never considered him to be an action star, even with something like Dark Man, which I felt was too silly and was more of a comedic role and his other stuff was way more dramatic. I’m hoping old man Jackie can still bring it.

    From this trailer, it seems like there isn’t a reliance on shaky cam, which would fucking piss me off in a Jackie Chan movie. I like how this one seems more grim, like after the blast, Jackie has glass in his face when usually the star would only have some dust on their clothing. There is also some combat in a forest as Jackie hunts down his prey. I wonder how many of his own stunts will he personally do, if any.

    • It seems like some time ago more directors could make a break in America, but now it seems like more and more stuff just withers and dies here. I wonder if that’s how Jackie Chan felt during the 80s when his American made stuff just wasn’t sticking here.

      Marketing is dead these days.

      A lot of movies fly under the radar because they just don’t advertise to the target demographic. Dead Man Down was produced by WWE Studios, so it only was advertised during RAW and Smackdown and whatever other third-tier show they had. Since WWE is considered “eww wrestling” to normies outside of that community, the movie had zero exposure outside of WWE.

      Back in the day a lot of the tough guy films were widely advertised so everybody knew when a new movie was out. What advertisers need to be doing is demographic targeting. They know darn well most dudes are playing games, reading mangas and visiting game sites and watching stuff on YouTube. They need to get creative with their advertising: interstitial ads in comment sections with a mostly male demographic, print ads in comic books and mangas, in-game video advertisements, or ads on the dashboard for PSN/XBL/Steam.

      I purposefully seek out a lot of B-movies and follow certain directors/actors, which is the only way I find out about some stuff, but that’s because a lot of times the marketing for those films is just outright piss poor.

      • Hawk Hopper

        In regards to the advertising, I really stumbled on this and also the SWAT game Ready or Not. I was looking through the YouTube sidebar or whatever and just happened to see those pop up and just so happened to have clicked on them. Somehow, the YT algorithm didn’t bury them under a bunch of shit I don’t care about or stuff I’ve already seen. Also, I’ve heard people saying that the YT algorithm is changed everyday, so I have no clue if I’ll see anything I’m actually interested in or if it’ll be buried.

        It also seems like when I actively go out looking for stuff, most of it is shit. It’s hard to trust whatever faceless hipster on these blogs that is making recommendations. They are amused by anything and only produce empty hype.

        The marketing people seem mostly like people who don’t know how to market movies, instead doing whatever it takes to make everything fall into a trailer template. Most trailers are the same. Even The Foreigner has similar stuff to a lot of other trailers like the quick flashes and cuts with the sound echo thing. Despite this the trailer did get over 3 million views and an overwhelming amount of likes, so there are people still looking and finding this kind of stuff.

  • Mr.Towel

    Jack is already 63?!

    I feel old now…

    • Disqusted

      Me too.

    • EroBotan

      if i was him then i’ll be enjoying retirement with family, etc … . oops i forgot i have no family

      • Disqusted

        (´・ω・`)