THE killed Jackie Chan's daughter. Now they're gonna have to pay.
But first, a sad, mad old Jackie has to work out exactly who 'they' are.
It's the kind of deeply personal quest for vengeance where a Liam Neeson in Taken mode would come in might handy. Though he probably would have terminated the entire population in a 50-km radius had anyone actually ended the life of his daughter.
Let's get back to Jackie. He plays Quan, a Vietnamese-born gent who is understandably devastated after watching his only child perish in a London terrorist bombing.
Quan has a hunch the IRA (and by extension, their man in British Parliament, played by Pierce Brosnan) might be in it up to their ears.
So soon enough he is waging a one-man war against anyone with a beard, a black beanie or a broad Oir-ish accent.
Jackie isn't moving too swiftly these days, but he can still pluck a thrill from out of thin air if the stunt choreography is done right.
Due to its seen-it-all-before premise, this no-frills action-thriller is as old school as this kind of fare can be.
What you may not have seen before is martial-arts veteran and all-round nice guy Chan trying his hand at a gritty dramatic role. He doesn't do too badly at all, even if Jackie's go-to 'serious' face can look unintentionally comical in select scenes.
It's not unlike the expression of a restaurant patron who has had to send a meal back to the kitchen twice on the same night. He doesn't want to cause a scene, but he also wants someone's head on a plate.
Stars: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Ray Fearon, Charlie Murphy.
Director: Martin Campbell
Rating: MA 15+
Verdict: 3 stars
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