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Affirming and searing in equal measure, this balances being a commentary on ‘action films’ and the toxicity within and represented by them, with actually functioning as an exciting example of the genre itself. Filled with fantastic performances, quality humour and surprising turns, whilst still ensuring everything is paid off beginning to end, I can’t recommend it more. Plus, Mads.
It’s only worth watching to see the legend that is Glenn Close having an absolute blast as the fur loving, chain smoking Cruella De Vil. She appears on the screen fully formed with zero origin, and immediately shows up that dire Emma Stone-starring film. Best half watched, tuning in mainly when Close strides into the frame.
Jackie Chan considers this his best film in terms of, "pure action". You can see why. Deftly mixing with impactful, hard-hitting violence with entertaining sequences of physical comedy, this is one of those films that really proves why Chan was the best.
As both performer and director he impresses at every point, and surrounding himself with a cast of characters makes sure he doesn't out-shine the other aspects of the film too much.
I've always considered Drunken Master 2 his performance masterpiece, but as director alone this ensures his place as one of the greatest of all time. It doesn't really get much better than this.
A less propulsive, refined film than the later classic The Raid, this is still an excellent action film that lives outside of the shadow of that film through its sheer scrappy personality.
The budget is lower but the energy is here, and Evans crafts some memorably imagery that evolve into the fight sequences effortlessly, plus it is all supported by an excellent Indonesia meets Nine Inch Nails score that I love. The western actors certainly threaten to let it down…