Police Story

Police Story

Jackie Chan's commitment to cinema is one of the most inspiring things I've ever witnessed. He catches a double-decker bus that goes around hairpin turns with the handle of an umbrella and has to gallop across the hoods of cars when the lumbering vehicle gets too close to the other lane. He jumps on car hood after car hood while avoiding the wallop of aluminum baseball bats. He gets thrown a story down onto a wooden structure. He shimmies down a pole four stories while little lights are exploding near his head. He's funny, too. The phone bit is hysterical and his ability to parlay these Chaplinesque gags into the fight sequences is perfectly accomplished (see: Jackie using a clothes rack to dispatch some goons; narrowly dodging attacks while telling the witness he's protecting the location of the gun in his car). That the movie manages to sandwich a surprisingly great courtroom scene smack dab in the middle is further testament to this movie's quality and Chan's devotion to giving the paying customer what they deserve. An achievement.

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