Rated: R for violence, language and some sexual material. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: October 13, 2017 Released by: STX Entertainment
Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in this intense revenge thriller based on Stephen Leather's 1992 novel The Chinaman
Chan plays 61 year old Quan Ngoc Minh, a restaurant owner living in London with his daughter. His wife and two daughters were killed trying to escape Cambodia during the war. He's understandably protective of his remaining daughter and when she dies in a bombing of a bank before his eyes, he quietly, but determinately sets out to find the people responsible for it.
A rogue group called the Authentic IRA takes responsibility. Police and politicians alike haven't heard of the group and the usual suspects are coming up clean. Minh calls and visits the police and not getting any useful information, he sets out for Belfast to confront Liam Hennessy (Brosnan), a former IRA member, now a politician making nice with the British.
Hennessy misjudges Minh by thinking that a few words with the man will send him home. But, not knowing his past special forces training, Hennessy isn't prepared for the private war that is waged against him. Minh hunkers down in the woods outside Hennessy's estate and bombards him and his team of bodyguards with bombs and hand to hand combat.
The IRA portrayed as the terrorist group in the film is a bit dated and Chan is a little slower in the fight scenes that are not as elaborate as in his previous films, but the it all still works. Brosnan is steely as the man who's trying to walk a fine line between his countrymen and the British and its good to see Chan expanding his acting talents. The two men work wonderfully off each other and there's enough political intrigue and action to really satisfy.