Popcorn & Candy is DCist’s selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week.
Jackie Chan (STX)
Martial arts legend Jackie Chan is 63 years old and well past his prime, but he hasn’t exactly been absent from the big screen. Not counting voice talent in The LEGO Ninjago Movie and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, he’s been featured in no fewer than five movies this year, including a reunion with Rumble in the Bronx director Stanley Tong for Kung Fu Yoga. But his latest and most prominent role is in this curious action drama. Chan stars as Quan, whose daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing claimed by a group calling itself “the authentic IRA.” Determined to avenge his daughter’s murder, he pursues Liam Hennesy (Pierce Brosnan), an IRA member turned politician whom Quan is convinced can lead him to the bombers. Yes, it’s a strange genre mix and a long two hours, but the film is notable as a departure from Chan’s usual comic roles. Chan puts his fighting prowess into a more intense practice as he fights terrorists, and he gets to act, too. The fight scenes make this meeting of two aging action heroes worth the occasional slog.
Watch the trailer.
Opens tomorrow at area theaters.
Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler (Netflix)