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Review by Susan Granger
1½ stars out of 4
So here's the premise: once every thousand years, a small boy will join
the two halves of a mystical medallion and acquire not only its infinite
strength but the power of giving immortality.
Hong Kong police inspector Eddie Yang (Jackie Chan) is given the task of
retrieving this Chosen Child (Alexander Bao) who has been kidnapped from a
Buddhist temple by Snakehead (Julian Sand), a villainous smuggler who's
determined to dominate the world. As part of Yang's daring rescue, both he and
the boy are trapped in a shipping container at the bottom of Hong Kong Harbor.
While saving the boy, Yang drowns - only to be brought back to life, thanks to
the talisman. And the reincarnated Eddie Yang possesses new strength and speed,
illustrated by the kind of special effects that are usually saved for
not-so-skilled wannabe martial artists a la "The Matrix." I know Jackie Chan's
pushing 50, but his fans are bound to be disappointed by the obvious digital
enhancement of the stunts. It's a mockery of what Chan's fans expect from him.
Writers Bennett Joshua Davlin, Alfred Cheung, Gordon Chan and Paul
Wheeler should have recalled that the curiously similar concept of "The Golden
Child" was Eddie Murphy's first flop. But this is a Hong Kong production by
director Gordon Chan (no relation to Jackie) with action sequences staged by
Sammo Hung. Actually, this film made headlines in Hong Kong as the first movie
in which Jackie Chan kisses the leading lady - Claire Forlani - but that's one
of its most insipid sequences, topped only by Lee Evans and John Rhys-Davies as
clich‚ Interpol agents. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "The Medallion"
is an acrobatic, escapist 4, destined for a quick trip to video.
Copyright © 2003 Susan Granger
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