In "Forbidden Kingdom," he shared the star billing with Jet Li.
In "Karate Kid", he even played a supporting role for Jaden Smith!
Now comes word that this film "Chinese Zodiac" will already be the last action film of the iconic martial arts star.
If that statement alone will not convince his fans to catch it, then I do not know what will.
night live ust thursday think a lot of people shared that idea, even my kids who have only seen him before in "Karate Kid".
Today is the first weekend that it is showing in local theaters.
We watched this in a movie theater in Chinatown, and that 3pm showing was totally SOLD OUT.
It had been quite some time that I have been in a completely full theater in a showing that is not a premiere.
It is truly impressive that the audience was composed of fans of all ages.
JC leads a team who works with him, "Mission Impossible" style.
He shares his adventure as well with two plucky ladies: Katherine a French heiress who would like to him to find her great-grandfather ship which was lost at seaand a Chinese activist You lotto results last night australia have who is part of a crusade to have Western powers to return cultural treasures back to the countries from whom these were stolen during colonial times.
As with all Jackie Chan movies in the past, the main reason people go to watch it is not really the story, but Jackie's unique brand of comedy- action.
This film certainly does not disappoint.
It is two hours worth of exciting stunts which only Jackie can deliver.
The movie opened with a long sequence wherein he was sailing down a mountain road using a body suit with roller blades all over it.
The last scenes involved skydiving in order to recover the last animal head before it plummets into a volcano!
There were still so many action scenes in between -- involving dogs in a maze, pirates on an island, a rival mercenary on a sofa, henchmen with photography equipment -- all as exhilarating as they were also funny.
Yes, Jackie Chan's age may be showing he is 58 nowbut he definitely still has IT!
The outtakes shown over the end credits show that he was still the one doing all those dangerous stunts and demanding physical comedy routines himself.
Though he was uncharacteristically playing a rogue character in this film, like all of his past movies, there are still lessons to be learned at the end, both personally as well as patriotically.
Cheesy dialogs and corny acting, yes, but above all it is excellent entertainment, as can be evidenced by the enthusiastic audience response.
Come on in and enjoy Jackie Chan's final show!
I watched this movie without seeing the reviews and enjoyed it very very much.
Which is why I'm quite surprised of the low reviews it's been getting from critics.
Sure, many dialogues were corny and the plot is borderline ridiculous.
But do you really go to a Jackie Chan movie for its story?
The stunts and fight scenes in this movie are simply amazing.
I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't watched it yet, but if you grew up watching Jackie's earlier films 80s and 90syou're gonna be pleasantly reminded of his golden days.
He's not as fast or as nimble, but it is still light years better than the typical 'hollywood' action scenes.
As mentioned, story and dialogue: meh.
Think of it as a vehicle for the action that ensues.
You'll get a few trademark comedy reminiscent of Jackie's earlier works, and overall it's a very good family film.
But action is the hook of this movie.
It's seriously so good that you'll come in with expectations of great action, and still come out thinking that was better than expected.
If you're a fan of Jackie, this is a no-brainer must-watch.
If you're not a fan, give it a chance as it is still an extremely solid action movie.
The international thief JC Jackie Chan and his team are hired to steal two bronze heads of the Chinese Zodiac by the MP Corporation that is specialized in supply stolen relics to auctions.
After many incidents, JC befriends the women Coco Helen Yao and Catherine Laura Weissbecker and together with his crew, they live intense adventures and betrayals.
The beginning is breathtaking, with JC rolling and passing by an army and makes the movie worthwhile watching.
My vote is six.
Title Brazil : "Operação Zodíaco" "Zodiac Operation" Went in with a load of expectations as it was jackie's full fledged action movie after a long time.
That being said, I am not saying that his previous work has been less than this movie, it is just that this movie takes Jackie Chan's breathtaking stunts and combines it with an adventure much in the likes of "Indiana Jones", and it actually works out for a nice combination, and a nice change of scenery for Jackie Chan.
As with all Jackie Chan movies, there is a hefty amount of action, martial arts, jaw-dropping stunts and comedy in this movie.
And yes, it delivers on all these accounts.
And he proves that despite being up in age, then he still is the undisputed master of stunts and this particular style of movies.
There is nothing much to say about this movie actually, as it is fairly what you'd expect from a Jackie Chan movie, and any fans of him will not be disappointed while watching this movie.
Jackie Chan does it again and even gives Indiana Jones a run for his money this time.
I was really surprised when I saw Shu Qi and Daniel Wu make a short cameo appearance at the end of the movie.
That really was a nice touch to the movie.
What can I say, for the haters just do not watch movies if they are not your taste just to find faults in them, most Jackie Chan's movies are meant to be fun and not to be taken too seriously even though there is always a lesson starry slot free machine night be learnt.
This movie has gone back to the 80s classics in my opinion and it is fantastic.
The plot and all involved were great.
Never serious and never meant to be.
The stunts and fight scene are all great and fun and jaw dropping what a 58 year old man can do.
I am a huge fan a I was not disappointed.
Thank you Mr Jackie Chan for an awesome movie.
For all of you that did not enjoy this movie go and watch something else that you normally like because watching a Jackie Chan movie you know what to expect, you got it all here, Action, stunts, comedy, fun.
Wow - even if its not one of his greatest works.
Even if there are bad reviews from the critics, i must say as a fan, i am not disappointed.
Really proud to chose this man as a hero of my childhood.
This movie fight night round 3 suppose to end his carer.
He has outdone himself in this one.
Shows that his heart is with China's heritage.
Even if you don't like his naive perspective of the world, we should strive to it.
That is far from reality, but we can give it a try.
The last worldwide action hero.
Thanks for being a roll model my hats off to you.
First, Jackie Chan's Chinese name is Cheng Long, which means 'becoming a dragon'.
Only if you know this, you can understand why Jackie Chan desperately strived to save the dragon head at the end of the movie.
He was saving his dignity.
Second, I know the movie isn't perfect.
But I don't care because I was moved deeply.
Third, Jackie is nearly 60 years old.
When I stood up from the seat of the movie theater, I knew I would never watch a movie of his like this any more.
First off, I'm surprised that this gem of an action movie actually gets a lower rating than Jack Reacher, which has got to be the worst action movie I've has the misfortune to watch and fell asleep in during some scenes.
But then both films are only recently released, especially Chinese Zodiac, which I think has yet to be released in US, so I'm sure given time, it will get the rating it deserves, which is a solid 8 - 9 stars.
Having watched these 2 films back to back, one can't help but to compare them.
Both are produced by the starring actors, but the overall production quality of Zodiac in terms of action sequence, casting, dialogue, storyline and chemistry between the characters far outshines that of Jack Reacher.
Also, when you talk about producing a film, Jackie Chan has got to be the most actively involved producer, as established by the Guinness World Record check this out "Most Credits in One Movie".
The storyline flows seamlessly with many laugh out loud moments in between.
It is not just some mindless action movie, instead in the midst of all those impossible intricate fight sequence, it aims to teach us the importance of appreciating and preserving our history, and not to forget our own roots.
Last but not least, Jackie Chan has outdone himself.
If he is hoping to go out with a big bang, this is it.
This is a classic late-period style Jackie Chan Chinese action-adventure.
And I thought all of those were quite enjoyable.
But they are also quite cartoony--the acting is VERY broad--and there's quite a bit in it that defies any common sense.
But who really cares, right?
This is Chan unfiltered.
The only REAL flaw to the film is the clumsy way Chan keeps inserting his moral messages.
He has characters tell us what's right and wrong in very stilted dialog instead of creating situations that demonstrate his points.
I'll be buying it for my JC collection!
In the past 3 decades Jackie Chan has successfully developed and maintained his own kind of genre full of unbelievable action, acrobatic fights, thrilling moments, unlimited fun and decent humour entertaining all age groups ranging from the innocent kids to the intelligent old.
His latest offering is also made on the similar format showcasing all the essential ingredients of a Jackie Chan film but still cannot be rated at par with his earlier classics since its not that exciting as it may seem from its short synopsis.
This time the heist specialist or treasure hunter Chan takes up an assignment to deliver the 12 bronze heads of the Chinese Zodiac, stolen from Chinese dynasty's Summer Palace centuries ago.
The location of few of those heads is known but the rest need to be discovered and brought back.
Chan and his crew are hired to find these 12 bronze heads and the film is all about their adventurous expedition to complete the collection.
It sets the mood right and you are all game visit web page watching something very exciting and exceptional coming up in the next reels.
But unfortunately, despite having some great action sequences, CZ12 doesn't turn out to be that entertaining as expected.
The fun and humor element is not the same as found in Chan's other movies and the characters are very weak, foolish and forced which are not able to impress at all.
Particularly the bunch of pirates and the girls are simply there to act as few silly characters in the film and nothing more.
A major negative feature of the film is the use of French and other foreign languages in it for a considerable period of time without any English subtitles on the screen, which forces you to keep watching it helplessly like a fool.
After few initial good moments the screenplay becomes directionless and only aims at the thrilling actions sequences thrown in to keep the pace going.
The camera-work is truly superb as usual and the background score successfully manages to excite you in all those well conceived brave scenes, especially the ones involving the sky diving and volcano sequences.
So if you are a die-hard Jackie Chan fan from decades, then this film will surely remind you of his gems such as ARMOUR OF GOD 1986 and more.
But at the same time, will not give you a similar experience in the theater watching the miracle man.
Yet, CZ12 might impress many young viewers not familiar with the amazing living legend called Jackie Chan.
And at the age of 58 with more than 100 filmsI can't even imagine any other person in the entire globe performing such risky and unbelievable stunts all alone by himself like a rubber man.
To say it all, as a link fan of the maestro I loved watching CZ12 and its crazy sequences but as an exciting adventure project its not upto the mark if compared to Chan's earlier gems and could be a lot better keeping in mind its interesting plot.
The man is there in the entire film standing tall as always and if this is supposed to be his last major action project, then it surely deserves to be seen by all his fans as a must for this one reason alone.
Kungfu action at the end was OK but the story flow of the movie was below standard.
The mix between English, Chinese and French spoken languages in the movie and the comedy being forced into almost every scene made the movie unbearable to watch.
I chinese zodiac rating the part when the Beirut casino night club women said; " speak in English please", 4-5 times in the movie.
The Kungfu scene when Jackie fought with the french guy with the funny hat and the scene between the Chinese woman vs the french woman was the only good thing about the movie.
In summary, disappointed to see this movie, quite liked his other movies.
This is the type of Jackie Chan movie which you just need to relax and don't think too hard about the plot.
It's a fun adventures movie that has the nostalgic feel of his past Armor of God films.
The movie itself is quirky and just overall fun.
It is a nod to his past films with the overacting and weird dialogue.
It reminds me of his late 80's-90's stuff.
CZ12 is a modern version of those films.
The plot itself is quite interesting and it was hard to follow at first but as the story progressed, it made sense.
All in all, the film is a modern and updated version of his past Armor of God movies.
This is for today's generation who have not seen his earlier work.
Older fans might be disappointed if they expect it to be like his older work.
Remember, just take off your nostalgia glasses and enjoy for what it's worth.
Incoherent, ridiculously here and juvenile, Chinese Zodiac may have one or two good Jackie Chan action sequences, but the plot and dialogue are beyond stupid.
The young cosmetically marketable Chinese stars are simply slapstick foolish and this VERY pro-China movie about retrieving past Chinese artifacts and bringing them back to China is a total mess.
Take one part National treasure, throw in some Pirates of the Caribbean and one dash of Goonies, and you end up with this congratulate, irish lotto won last night commit that borders on one of the most unwatchable movies ever.
Whoever directed this mess should be shot point blank in the head for making such a mess.
Poor editing, terrible dialog and dreadful writing make this one to avoid at ALL COSTS.
That's 2 hours of my life that I won't get back.
This movie was mentioned as the last Jackie Chan action movie.
So, I felt that Jackie would bow out with a bang of action stunt sequences pool vegas party night saturday with a good comedy storyline.
It turned out to be a mixed bag.
While some of the action sequences were great the one at the underground facility involving sofa, photo shoot material and the opening sequenceothers those that happened in the remote island were quite a drab.
Still, Jackie is an entertainer and a true performer to the core in whatever he does.
The supporting cast proved to be just fine in the movie.
One thing that annoyed me throughout the movie was that I was unable to properly figure out what's being spoken in terms of dialog by the Chinese actors.
But, that did not prove to be a dampener to the storyline as one can easily figure out what might happen next.
Nearing 60 years of age, Jackie may not be at his perilous best, yet he still inspires action stars throughout Asia as well as the world.
My rating would be a 6 out of 10.
I guess he run our of an idea : Overall: well i guess overall it is still a fun to watch, but it is not his best to end his acting in the action film.
I saw this movie in a theater in China with all my Chinese friends who had seen it already saying it was hysterical.
This movie mixes Chinese, broken English, horrible french and other languages in a way that is very confusing.
The movie starts off with JC in some crazy rollerblade outfit that somehow manages to have enough speed on flat surfaces to out-skate gun fire?
In the mix of the scene one of his partners an attractive lady comes out of a nice car and asks the soldiers where the bathroom is.
She then proceeds to hide a set of keys which was literally a few minutes of the movie which then had no connection to the following sequence except for a soldier saying "where are they keys".
So the movie goes on explaining how a long time ago, evil invaders destroyed a peaceful, advanced and harmonious society during the opium war and painting a scene of how westerns are the villains first of many times.
As the movie goes on we see how these Chinese zodiac statues that were taken are being sold in auctions by again, greedy westerners set out to humiliate china.
The action was very dull and as many mentioned the pirate scene in the middle was too drawn out.
And was it a coincidence that the pirates although later speaking multiple languages were first speaking Japanese?
Throughout this film, I laughed maybe 3 times at most.
However the audience that it was intended for nationalistic viewers who think foreigners are not the smartest was laughing throughout the film.
For example, Coco, the Chinese in France is upset with a French guy who is breaking up with her.
As JC arrives, she is throwing vases and keys at him.
When JC asks whats wrong, the french guy says something along the lines of "I just came to break up with her and get my keys to give to my new girlfriend who lives with me".
At some point in the movie JC and is band of thieves are awoken by a speech by coco's speech on how dare they put money before a country's pride a theme very prevalent in this country right now, and how their children will be ashamed of them forever.
The film ends with a skydive that somehow lasted about 5-10 minutes without pulling the parachute and still being able to catch the statute and survive?
With an old Jackie Chan retiring, he has nothing better to do than to try and appease an audience that will chinese zodiac rating him forever for a nationalistic "comedy" that lacked in new action, story line, and surprise.
Jackie Chan is a charmer!
I cannot believe he received two Guinness World Records for this action packed interesting movie.
It starts with a fine note about some relics and then Jackie and his team who are befriended by a French mademoiselle set out on an adventure to find the French lady's great grandfather's remains but Chan and his team have other plans.
As the story moves forwards, things start to squirt out and everything makes sense.
The action quotient for this movie is amazing and Chan has given chance to the females, too.
It was interesting and at times funny, too.
Everything else with stunts, screenplay and direction is good; music is fine and numbing during action sequences.
But as a whole, it is pretty enjoyable one compared to the recently released Hollywood movies.
Bottom line: It will make a perfect weekend movie with your kids.
WATCH OUT FOR: Jackie Chan, of course!
Can be watched with a typical Indian family?
YES Language: No Sex: No Drugs: No Nudity: No Z Alcohol: No Complete Action packed movie worth watching.
Few Notable Scenes: 1.
JC's Introductory scene that was really stunning link minutes 2.
Pre-Interval scenes in the island finding out 2 brass heads amazing scenes 3.
Post Interval scenes of 20 - 25 minutes showing pure fighting skills 4.
Climax block of flying in the air above a volcano to save the Dragon Brass head was purely exciting like a roller coaster ride 5.
Dragon like art shown in the sky was really an unexpected but did fit into the context of the movie.
Some Difficulties I faced was to understand the Chinese and French parts.
JC's dedication to the movie with his stunts is really stunning and awesome.
ny casino night syracuse was really amazed at his action stunts.
This could be added to the following list - 1.
Dark Knight Rises, 2.
I really enjoyed this movie a lot.
I Don't believe why this movie is underrated in many sites - My advice is don't believe those underrated comments.
The movie is so bad it's good, the something monday night football predictions the is so absurd it's negligible, and the action sequences are very damn good.
It's a good time in general.
I do not recommend this if you are annoyed by absurdity or big on the "flow" of a movie as the dialogue and plot are not strong points.
If you were friends with Jackie Chan, or if one of your friends made this, you would likely be entertained regardless of the bad.
I get the argument that this is a god-awful film in principle.
The epic struggle for dominion of the great comfy couch between Jackie Chan and the s-c-u-m-b-a-g wearing the fedora, golf shoes, and robins egg blue blazer.
Entire action sequence in the subterranean counterfeiting facility.
Jackie Chan can retire with pride on this scene alone.
Zhang Lanxin's high kicks.
Egyptian News coverage from in front of the green-screened great pyramids, the Greek XCMX reporting from in front of the green-screened acropolis, the Khmer Daily reporting from in front of the green-screened giant stone Buddha faces of Angkor Wat, the Arabic AAF on Channel 16 reporting live from in front of some mosque that is also green-screened, WABC news complete with stock ticker, and GBTV in HD!
Gold falling out of the painfully fake rotten log that should really be more rotten and less sea-worthy considering that it has been a log for at least a hundred and fifty years.
Five Frenchmen in Hawaiian shirts being pussies in unison when confronted by the polyglot pirate gang.
The surprisingly numerous in unison one-liners of Jackie's entourage.
When everybody flies off the log ride.
Mission "Let the Dragon Fly" begins with the guy Jackie fought for dominion of the big comfy couch jumping from a plane with a large bronze dragon http://victory-slot.win/night/play-late-night-games-friv-com.html strapped to his pelvis.
It culminates with what resembles the Michelin man Jackie rolling down the side of a live volcano to break a ~120,000 foot, 5 minute freefall according to my watch.
Jackie's recovery in the hospital of happiness where everybody gets what they deserve, all lose ends are tied up, all failing relationships are rekindled, and all acting is just goddamn terrible.
If you know your Chinese History, the emotion that compels you to immediately change channels in response to drivel will be induced by at least one scene about the burning of the summer palace.
He had arguably made his 100th film with 1911, and with his latest release in CZ12 Chinese Zodiac 12you could sense the very obvious slowdown, and less risk taking involved, which culminates in a less than enjoyable audience experience, sad to say, when he tries hard to compensate with an increase in drama and story, which is perfunctory at best for the action sequences to surface.
Wearing multiple hyphenated hats, probably the most in a feature film, having a hand in everything from producing, directing, writing, lensing, deciding on art direction, and the list goes on.
Perhaps having to wear too many hats may have diluted his focus and responsibilities in a lot of areas, resulting in what would be a very lackluster Jackie Chan movie by his standards.
The usual comedy he puts in are very tired and unfunny, and the stunts give way to some obvious wire work, and a hint at stand-ins which once upon a time would be unthinkable.
Perhaps it is these high standards he had already set, that he's woefully unable to achieve, being also bogged down by the latest technology buzz to replace practical effects with CG ones as much as possible.
The story is simple, with Jackie Chan playing JC, a mercenary Indiana Jones type thief for hire, operating with a lean crew Zhang Lanxin, Kwone Sang-Woo, and Liao Fan and often posing as a National Geographic journalist.
They get assigned by an unscrupulous auction house to steal what would be the bronze heads of the Chinese Zodiac statues, which in the late 19th century sat pretty in a Chinese palace already demolished by the invading Western forces.
So he goes jet-setting round the globe to recover these artifacts for the wrong reasons of personal profit, before being told off and influenced by a group of well meaning lobbyists whose objective is to convince owners of any antiques and national treasures, to return them to where they rightfully belong.
I won't even go into too much specifics of the story, because it conveniently read more characters, from a Chinese woman Yao Xingtong working in France, to a French lady Laura Weissbcker whose ancestor happen to be one amongst many to have laid eyes on the treasures in China, and helped himself to plundering for profit, including being shipwrecked, which leads the merry crew to an abandoned island where perhaps one of the longest, and most uninspiring set action pieces takes place.
Granted this film has got its fair share of investors, it's a little bit of a scrimping chinese zodiac rating when this entire sequence was sound-staged, with stunts that try to look dangerous when it's obvious there's no degree or hint of risk.
A bunch of multi-lingual, multi-cultural pirates enter the scene as adversaries, and I tell you it's one of the most tedious sequences in the entire film, contributing to the tremendous sag in pace at the halfway mark.
The highlights though were the first sequence involving Jackie Chan in what would be a suit of skates, nimbly escaping from soldiers as he weaves in and out through pursuing vehicles, and the quintessential warehouse setting that serves as a villains lair florida casino party sorts, which allows for all hell to break loose, and for the man to do battle against a whole host of adversaries, giving opportunity to perform his usual bag of circus acrobatics that have become the hallmark of his career.
It's vintage JC just in that segment.
And in what would be a case of too many endings, the finale involving a sky-diving fight on approach to an active volcano, is again something of a letdown, given the lack of sophistication in masking and refining its movie magic moments the outtakes will show just why the hunger and appetite for risk is no longer there.
Running just over 2 hours, CZ12 would have benefited if the pace was tighter, and trimmed without many unnecessary moments that dragged and bloated the thin storyline, be it the light comedy that tried too hard to be funny, action that games like night turbo repetitive after a while, or the chest-thumping, nationalistic moments with characters exalting their chinese zodiac rating, and preaching from a morale high ground of obligation to seek and retrieve national treasures from the hands of greedy museums and private collectors.
It may be amusing for a bit, but too much of something just becomes a little bit abhorring.
CZ12 is full of excessive moments, which I think is natural for JC the filmmaker to have had become a little over self-indulgent with his latest effort.
A slew of cameos from Oliver Platt, Shu Qi and Daniel Wu, amongst others like Jonathan Lee, were sought to spice up the ensemble cast especially in the dying moments trying to sweeten the deal, but these add to nothing other than a distraction from fans from what is a rather dull action-adventure.
It's one thing going out on a blaze of glory, and another fading into the sunset.
Even the usually interesting end credit outtakes of a typical Jackie Chan movie, didn't manage to last to the end, and had little to show for effort put into this film.
Well, as I see here on IMDb, this movie has got a lot of negative comments.
However, when I watched it, I felt like this film has been judged too harsh by many people.
To begin with, the topic of the movie was of interest to me.
I watched for the action, but I was surprised with the theme, which really gets you thinking.
Humour is not absent, and there are some moments that will make you laugh.
Also, the dragon was a very nice detail, as it is a symbolism to finding one's real self, pride and dignity.
Jackie Chan has grown older, and this means that more info are some things which are not that easy to him now.
I am not a huge fan, but I have watched some of his movies, which have amused me, because they are well made to the last detail.
After all, he set a new Guiness record for this movie, not everyone can do that.
I give a well-deserved 8 out of 10.
It's a movie you can watch with kids, and a really good source of entertainment for a movie night with your family!
I've seen some of the 21st century Jackie Chan movies and they were light and fun.
A good watch when you have nothing else on.
This one, "Chinese Zodiac" isn't one of them.
It is mostly about gimmicks and technology gizmos that make sounds and bleeps.
There's no intelligence gain in watching this.
And clearly they went over the top with tech.
The story itself is a let down.
At first I thought of the old "Dragon Ball" series but the quest was nothing like that or as exciting.
I've never felt so dis-interested in watching a team trying to find and re-unite some lost bronze heads.
There're I thought that Chinese movies would attempt to be purer and less shallow than Hollywood's worst movie in this category.
It wasn't the case, they went even cheesier and shallower.
This movie will surely make some 7 to 10 year old very happy or someone with that level of mental faculty.
When I read that this movie was poorly rated it scared me i thought that maybe Jackie Chan was maybe washed up and could disappoint me.
I watched this movie with some friends so that if i was disappointed i wouldn't be the only one.
The movie does seem to show that Jackie Chan can do everything from speaking different languages to doing some pretty crazy stunts where in my opinion, many would say f that.
In the end this movie was a lot better than i imagined i don't know if its because i came in thinking it would bad or whatever but i would say this.
If you liked his other movies like police story or the other armor of gods then this is the movie for you!
You know what people used to say when you are about to retire on something, at least you go out with a bang?
That question reflects similarly to Jackie Chan and his much-publicized "last big action movie", CZ12 or better known as Chinese ZODIAC.
Expectations especially for die-hard fans of Jackie Chan's movie are naturally high.
But after more than six years of wait since Jackie Chan last announced his return to one of his beloved franchises, CZ12 proves to be nothing more than a ho-hum experience.
So if you are expecting the '80s and '90s style of Jackie Chan's movie-era, you'll be left disappointed by his half-hearted attempt to recapture http://victory-slot.win/night/ideas-for-casino-night.html old glory.
So what really went wrong?
The biggest problem in CZ12 is the bloated screenplay written by Jackie Chan, Frankie Chan, Edward Tang sonic generations casino night dlc ps3 code Stanley Tong all highly-recognized veterans in the Hong Kong movie industry.
But despite all the screen writing talents involved, the story is obviously tailor-made as Jackie Chan's vanity project than anything else matters.
Of late, Jackie Chan's movies excluding the one he made in the Hollywood are mostly preachy and CZ12 is no exception.
The middle part of the movie is especially long-winded with too many expository scenes detailing on how each national treasures should belong to each countries and all the heavy-handed message about nationalistic pride no, I kid you not.
And there's the whole segment at the remote island scene, which is enormously tedious and downright annoying to the point you wish when is it going to end.
Here, Jackie Chan has gone for the sheer excess with wildly over-the-top scenarios that involved too many shouting and broad comedy that tries too hard to be funny it's hard to believe that comedy is usually one of his fortes.
If that's not insulting enough, Jackie Chan also introduces a band of multi-lingual pirates that each of them speaks different kind of languages.
And no, they are not the kind of pirates you'll be expecting in PROJECT A where I wishes to be but rather the kind of kid-friendly pirates exist in a Walt Disney comedy.
The cast, in the meantime, is a mixed bag.
Jackie Chan at his usual old self.
At 58 years of age, he still has a knack to perform death-defying stunts and some of his winning charms we always expect from his movie.
Except this time, his character here tries so hard to be funny and serious -- two mixed elements that you hardly see in his previous ARMOUR OF GOD movies.
It's actually good that he tries to evolve his usual character to a different level, but a mellow Jackie Chan just won't cut it -- especially for this kind of movie.
Watching him preaches about all the long-winded message is so boring it's a butt-numbing experience to sit through.
The rest of the supporting actors are sadly undermined.
South Korean heartthrob Kwon Sang Woo best known in VOLCANO HIGH is relegated to a thankless role that doesn't do much other than Jackie tries to groom him as his next protégé especially the way Kwon Sang Woo fights.
French actress Laura Weissbecker is terribly annoying as Katherine, and same goes to Yao Xingtong as well.
The way she have to speak a combination of Mandarin, French and English are simply mind-boggling.
Liao Fan is almost non-existent here.
But relatively newcomer Zhang Lanxin, China's former taekwondo champion-cum-model, is an engaging presence.
At an imposing 177cm tall, not only she is eye-catching to look at but also proves to be an impressive fighter that would make other veteran Chinese female action stars like Michelle Yeoh proud of her physically-demanding performance.
Despite blessing with a big-budget tag, CZ12 still suffers from poor special effects especially the one involving the silly trunk ride down the slope of the remote island and the climactic finale at the volcano.
Music score is totally forgettable, while the cinematography is adequate at best.
Jackie's direction is terribly haphazard and tonally inconsistent.
It's certainly a big mistake he tries too hard to be everything mashes up altogether.
In the past where Jackie used to direct his own production, he is mostly in total control and the movie often turns up to be an unforgettable cinematic experience.
That much-needed vibe is half-baked in CZ12.
You can blame the fact that Jackie shouldn't have wearing too many hats at one time in which he happens to win two Guinness World Records for Most Credits in One Movie and Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actorwhich causes him to lose focus in his direction.
Still, CZ12 is not entirely a disappointment.
Somewhere in between, there are a few lively sparks left to satisfy those who always come to expect from a Jackie Chan movie.
The inventive opening scene, featuring Jackie in a roller-suit invented by Jean-Yves Blondeau as he flees from a Russian army base, is impressive.
Same goes to skydiving finale where Jackie is struggling to fight a group of skydivers mid-air.
But the best action sequence is surprisingly comes from the one that isn't death-defying.
The particular scene at the underground casino night antonio tx is clearly the most exciting moments of all -- his showdown against his rival, Vulture Alaa Safi, a former world Taekwondo champion where they have to fight each other while remaining at the couch; and the acrobatic fight against a bunch of bodyguards especially the one involving stand, studio umbrella and photo frame.
Not to forget also is Zhang Lanxin's spectacular one-on-one fight sequence against Caitlin Dechelle, who is formerly a world martial-artist champion.
As a supposedly "last big action movie" for Jackie Chan, CZ12 is far from what he claimed the most, even though it's still a fairly entertaining effort.
So much for the high expectation.
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Sap ji sang ciu (2012) PG-13 | 1h 49min | Action, Adventure | 18 October 2013 (USA) A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts - 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.
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