The Foreigner movie review: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan are wasted in this Martin Campbell directorial

The Foreigner movie review: What is Jackie Chan doing in a film about the festering resentments in Northern Ireland, and a strained peace accord? Being a 'Chinaman'.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: December 3, 2017 8:24 pm
the foreigner review The Foreigner movie review: The Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan starrer trundles around between London, Dublin, bomb blasts, affairs and bedroom scenes.

The Foreigner movie cast: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan
The Foreigner movie director: Martin Campbell
The Foreigner movie rating: 1.5 stars

What is Jackie Chan doing in a film about the festering resentments in Northern Ireland, and a strained peace accord? Being a ‘Chinaman’.

That’s all the courtesy The Foreigner accords to him, apart from a cursory backstory about daughters lost to Thai pirates, to adapt a novel called The Chinaman to the big screen. More simplistic than it should be but far more complicated than it need have been, The Foreigner trundles around between London, Dublin, bomb blasts, affairs and bedroom scenes, with the longest time spent showing how an ageing Jackie Chan can fashion an explosive out of almost anything.

He is drawn into the Ireland fight after losing a third daughter, this time to a bomb blast claimed by a breakaway Irish militant group called ‘Authentic UDI’. Yes, that. Somehow, Quan (Chan), whose past conveniently reveals a secret ‘special forces’ stint, decides that he can extract revenge by going after a minister in the Irish government, for no obvious reasons. Greyed and limping, Quan does that by planting one bomb after another in that minister’s vicinity.

The minister is played by Pierce Brosnan. Channeling an Irish accent and twang, this ageing actor fares much better than Chan, sporting tattoos, tweeds and sweaters, amidst a lush farmhouse and whiskey. He’s also called Hennessey.

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  1. ムハマドシマミル
    Dec 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    at least it's still better than your bollywood ...
    1. Lamjingba Ningombam
      Dec 6, 2017 at 1:29 am
      Are even a certified movie critics. I honestly don't know how you analysed the movie but before you write something like this please make sure you watched the movie properly. You mentioned Jackie Chan chase the minister for no obvious reason guess what his was killed by the authentic udi and Pierce Brosnan was the founding member. And next time please continue on reviewing bollywood movies and stop reviewing Hollywood its not cut for you thank you.
      1. B
        Dec 3, 2017 at 11:34 pm
        By writing this kind of low quality "article" you can be only a chaiilwala not a journalist. Movie is one of the best action movies in 2017.
        1. Niyati Bhasin
          Dec 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm
          I really don't know whether its the fact that you didn't understand the movie or you didn't watch it at all. Firstly, Jackie Chan did not play the character of "just a Chinaman". He was a bereaved father who lost his only living family, his daughter.The pain he experienced after losing her was completely palpable. 2ndly, he waited. He waited for the police to find the killers. They did not.3rdly, Pierce Brosnan playing Hennessey was an ex UDI member who was still in contact with them. He used to be a terrorist. That is why a frail but determined father went to him and asked for help, which he did not get. So an ex special forces officer, trained in warfare, one of their best, did what he could and was good at, bombed but didn't kill anyone unnecessary. that's not all. The movie was so much more than just this. Liam Hennessey was in the middle of a conspiracy. The movie surprises you.Brosnan was good. But Chan steals your heart.The movie surprises u with its climax and plot.Best of 2017
          1. V
            Dec 2, 2017 at 11:50 am
            ms/mrs shalini langer what an incompetent# lured to criticize everything under the sun person you are , ive seen the movie and trust me when u say brosnan is wasted id say either you have lost your frontal cortex or you really are a narcissist, and about chan hes not there to accomplish mission maximum screen time but his agony after loosing fan is well conveyed , id say its an intelligent flick with right amount to everything and it will take a genuine person to appreciate such an gem and not a sharukh khan fan who completely skips the point of good cinema
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