'First Strike': a 'kick' for action fans
From Movie Reviewer Carol Buckland
(CNN) -- Jackie Chan is one of the most amiable action heroes
around, chopping, kicking and stomping out bad guys as if
they were minced meat. And while Sylvester Stallone and
others of his ilk have egos the size of Alaska, Chan never
appears weighed down by self-importance. Maybe that's why
he's so light on his feet. (153K/13 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
"Jackie Chan's First Strike" is another installment in his
"Police Stories" series. It's an entertaining mix of Hong
Kong kung-fu schlock and Hollywood action glitz. It's also
marginally more believable (and significantly better dubbed)
than Chan's last import "Rumble in the Bronx."
The story is a scrambled mishmash involving the CIA, Russian
gangsters and that ever-popular plot device, a stolen
Fueled by Stanley Tong's smartly paced direction and J. Peter
Robinson's relentless soundtrack, our man Jackie takes on all
scoundrels with an abundance of goodwill and a welcome lack
As for acting, Chan will never take home an Oscar. But his
masterful blend of physical finesse and funniness are more
than worth the price of admission. And be sure to stay
around for the action scenes tacked on at the end of the
film. They bruisingly (and amusingly) underscore the fact
that this star does all his own stunts.
"Jackie Chan's First Strike" is kung-foolishness of a very
entertaining sort, and action fans will get a kick out of it.
Rated PG-13, the film contains violence and partial nudity.
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