Review Date: May 21, 2000
Director: Tom Dey
Writer: Miles Millar and Alfred Gough
Producers: G. Barber, R. Birnbaum, J. Glickman
Jackie Chan as Chon Wang
Owen Wilson as Roy O'Bannon
Lucy Liu as the Princess
The story is also kinda weak, but then again, that is to be expected from a movie like this. I don't know, maybe I just don't appreciate silly action/comedies as much as the general audience, who overall, seemed to enjoy the picture, but this one just didn't deliver enough solid action or comedy, in my humble opinion. Having said that, there was one particular "Chinese drinking game" scenario which totally cracked me up, and had me wanting to drink right afterwards (For those scoring at home...I did!). But all in all, the jokes were generally up-and-down, funny enough to warrant a viewing, but most likely to be better appreciated on video. Another thing which I generally never notice in films is the editing, which seemed a little "off" in this one, with abrupt cuts here and there. And last but certainly not least, the typical Chan movie outtakes in the end weren't even as good as I was hoping they would be. Most of the time, they are filled with action mistakes and goofs, but this one seemed to concentrate more on Chan et al flubbing their lines. Okay. Overall, I can't really say this movie delivered the goods as much I was hoping it would, but it definitely isn't a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination either. So if you're looking for a fun, mindless, so-so kind of comedic action movie...forget the pathetic attempt by the WILD WILD WEST (3/10) crew last summer, and try this saddle on for size.
PS: For the ladies, and some of the guys, wait'll you see Jackie Chan without his shirt on...my, oh my...Brad Pitt, look out! Six-pack heaven!