Based on the novel The Chinaman, by Stephen Leather, in 1992, ‘The Foreigner’ has come to life again after 25 years with Jackie Chan’s action packed sequences who has built his entertainment career with his stunts and flexible moves.
‘The Foreigner’ is another typical flick from Martin Campbell with a lot of cold-bloodshed, murder, fights, bombs and violence. Or in other words the movie can be said as a screen fight between fighter Jackie Chan and action stunner Pierce Brosnan.
The movie starts with a startling bomb attack which killed 12 people in London’s posh Knightsbridge boutique district. Jackie Chan plays Ngoc Minh Quan, a London immigrant whose elder daughter is killed in the IRA terrorist bombing, an unknown Irish republican splinter group that calls itself “the Authentic IRA.” This is when Pierce Brosnan playing as Liam Hennessy comes into the thread, who was a former Provisional IRA turned into the deputy first minister of Northern Ireland who now works to bettering the relations between Ireland and England. Brosnan p;lays the protagonist while Chan is the antagonist who is honest from his single-minded pursuit to take down the bombers who killed his daughter, who was his only family.
If not for Martin Campbell, the movie would have been a mess of fight sequence though not as cryptically intricate as ‘Casino Royale’ but gives the visual treat of Chan and Brosnan.
‘The Foreigner’ has pictured Chan as a terrific grief-stricken avenger who seeks to take the vengeance of the bomb attack which killed his daughter.
The movie has been successful in bringing in political drama and revenge together in the same sequence. The violence and action scenes, when they are required, are realistic, brutal and efficiently staged for maximum clarity.
As always Chan has been a visual treat to watch, the delicately stunning way he takes down Brosnan’s security to get to Minister to reveal the names of the bombers.
After all apart from the plot and fight, it is a simple cat and mouse game between two former bombers who tried to become respectable, with daughters around the same age.