Review Date: September 23, 2002
Director: Kevin Donovan
Writer: Michael Leeson, Michael Wilson
Producers: Adam Schroeder, John H. Williams
Jennifer Love Hewitt
But the real downfall of the film isn't Chan's standard fisticuffs or Hewitt's clothed performance, it's the lame-ass (and I stress the words "lame" and "ass") script which features boring spy plot devices, a one-dimensional bad guy (actually, if there is such a thing as a zero-dimensional bad guy...it's this dude!), plenty of over-the-top "henchmen" and a whole lotta baloney substituted for an apparent "plot". Which would have been fine if they had only stuck to the "fluffy" motif which started off the film, but ultimately they try and involve us in this ridiculous story about a madman who wants to take over the world by poisoning the water supply or something (oy vey!), when all you're really thinking about is where the next roundhouse kick is coming from. The final confrontation between Chan and the "bad guy" is also quite unimpressive, and Peter Stormare's character of the "creepy doctor" (didn't he play that exact same dude in MINORITY REPORT? I don't even think he changed outfits) is as "throw-away" as they come. Jason Isaacs is probably the only character who I really gave half a shit about, but he's barely in the movie. If they do happen to make a sequel without Chan and Hewitt, but Isaacs at the helm...I'd slap some money down for that! But as it stands now, the film doesn't offer much to write home about, and even the usual "Chan outtakes" at the end of the flick aren't as fun as his previous installments (this one seems to concentrate more on his flubbed lines than anything). The last sequence in the film however, featuring Chan attempting to ask a girl out, is pretty funny. I only wish they'd have spread more of that cleverness around the stale screenplay and provided us with exciting action sequences.