Jackie Chan seems to be making some really, really, crazy movies lately. His latest upcoming flick is called Bleeding Steel, and it’s a sci-fi action-thriller that seems like the sort of film that Luc Besson would have made back in 1995.
LionsGate Premiere, Grindstone Entertainment Group and Swen Asia have come together to finance this English-speaking, Asian-based film. It appears as if LionsGate wants to target the flick toward Western audiences, but they obviously want those sweet, sweet renminbi bills from the massive Chinese movie-going audience.
Anyway, Bleeding Steel has a cool name and some neat imagery sprinkled throughout the trailer, but the film has a really dumb plot: An immortal, biologically engineered super-soldier wants to create an equally immortal army. However, in order to do so he needs the artificial heart created by a bioengineer specialist. When Jackie Chan and his elite group of officers fail to protect the scientist, he then takes it upon himself to protect the one person who actually has the mechanical heart – a beautiful young Chinese chick.
The heart, by the way, looks an awful lot like the arc reactor from Iron Man.
You can check out the by-the-books trailer for Bleeding Steel below, courtesy of Movieclips Trailers.
Incarnadine-free immortal has plans on completing his army, and thus be begins a manhunt for the Chinese chick with the poor man’s arc reactor for a heart.
Jackie Chan attempts to stop the crazy bad guy and his outlandish goons, using vehicles, guns, and martial arts skills to help him along the way.
The stunts look pretty cool, and the martial arts sequences seem to be choreographed well, but I can’t help but feel as if this would have been a better film for someone like Wu Jing, Jason Statham, or Scott Adkins.
The major problem is that Chan is pretty up there in age, and it’s just hard to take him serious as a go-getting badass attempting to take down what looks like Nomak from Blade II cosplaying as Darth Sidious from Revenge of the Sith.
I can see why the like to dislike ratio shows that the YouTube audience isn’t entirely enthralled with the film.
Some parts of the movie looks pretty cool and well shot, while other parts look cheap and poorly put together. It’s such a disjointed looking piece; it’s a shame that Jackie Chan didn’t attempt to stick with more serious fanfare coming off of The Foreigner, which was basically the Chinese version of Taken.
Anyway, you can look for Bleeding Steel to release in the U.S., starting July 6th, 2018.