Now that's what I call an action movie (by LaPetitRick)
First off, I'm surprised that this gem of an action movie actually gets a lower rating than Jack Reacher, which has got to be the worst action movie I've has the misfortune to watch and fell asleep in during some scenes .But then both films are only recently released, especially Chinese Zodiac, which I think has yet to be released in US, so I'm sure given time, it will get the rating it deserves, which is a solid 8 - 9 stars.Having watched these 2 films back to back, one can't help but to compare them. Both are produced by the starring actors, but the overall production <more>
quality of Zodiac in terms of action sequence, casting, dialogue, storyline and chemistry between the characters far outshines that of Jack Reacher.Also, when you talk about producing a film, Jackie Chan has got to be the most actively involved producer, as established by the Guinness World Record for "Most Credits in One Movie".The storyline flows seamlessly with many laugh out loud moments in between. It is not just some mindless action movie, instead in the midst of all those impossible intricate fight sequence, it aims to teach us the importance of appreciating and preserving our history, and not to forget our own roots.Last but not least, Jackie Chan has outdone himself. If he is hoping to go out with a big bang, this is it.
What can I say, for the haters just do not watch movies if they are not your taste just to find faults in them, most Jackie Chan's movies are meant to be fun and not to be taken too seriously even though there is always a lesson to be learnt. This movie has gone back to the 80s classics in my opinion and it is fantastic. The plot and all involved were great. Never serious and never meant to be. The stunts and fight scene are all great and fun and jaw dropping what a 58 year old man can do. I am a huge fan a I was not disappointed. Thank you Mr Jackie Chan for an awesome movie.For all of <more>
you that did not enjoy this movie go and watch something else that you normally like because watching a Jackie Chan movie you know what to expect, you got it all here, Action, stunts, comedy, fun. All in all 10/10 for me and I hope we will still see Jackie Chan making more......
First, Jackie Chan's Chinese name is Cheng Long, which means 'becoming a dragon'. Only if you know this, you can understand why Jackie Chan desperately strived to save the dragon head at the end of the movie. He was saving his dignity.Second, I know the movie isn't perfect. But I don't care because I was moved deeply.Third, Jackie is nearly 60 years old. When I stood up from the seat of the movie theater, I knew I would never watch a movie of his like this any more.
Dragon warrior (by dragomir-stankovic)
Wow - even if its not one of his greatest works. JC made an action movie for 10 mil $,earned two Guinness World Records: "Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor" and "Most Credits in One Movie" and he did that with 58 years. Even if there are bad reviews from the critics, i must say as a fan, i am not disappointed. Really proud to chose this man as a hero of my childhood. This movie is suppose to end his carer. He has outdone himself in this one. Shows that his heart is with China's heritage. Even if you don't like his naive perspective of the world, we should <more>
strive to it. That is far from reality, but we can give it a try. The last worldwide action hero. Thanks for being a roll model my hats off to you.
Appropriate send-off in my opinion (by fabian_mardi)
I watched this movie without seeing the reviews and enjoyed it very very much. Which is why I'm quite surprised of the low reviews it's been getting from critics.Sure, many dialogues were corny and the plot is borderline ridiculous. But do you really go to a Jackie Chan movie for its story? The stunts and fight scenes in this movie are simply amazing. I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't watched it yet, but if you grew up watching Jackie's earlier films 80s and 90s , you're gonna be pleasantly reminded of his golden days. He's not as fast or as <more>
nimble, but it is still light years better than the typical 'hollywood' action scenes.As mentioned, story and dialogue: meh. Think of it as a vehicle for the action that ensues. You'll get a few trademark comedy reminiscent of Jackie's earlier works, and overall it's a very good family film. But action is the hook of this movie. It's seriously so good that you'll come in with expectations of great action, and still come out thinking that was better than expected.If you're a fan of Jackie, this is a no-brainer must-watch. If you're not a fan, give it a chance as it is still an extremely solid action movie.
For the past 13 years or so, Jackie chan has let me down, but it's cool I suppose.A good slice of escapism. I watched this not thinking of any other movie Jackie Chan has done after....Shanghai Noon, I don't want to sound mean and horrible but everything after that was really bad and shameful, sorry.Classic Jackie Chan for roughly about two hours. I will be completely honest and say that Chinese Zodiac is really worth watching if you are a fan of the Armour of Gods movies, James Bond/Indiana Jones/Jackie Chan! All rolled up and squished into one movie for the viewers entertainment, I <more>
don't know about you guys but that's a pretty cool mix.And if you are not a fan then I would say DO NOT sit down and actually take this film seriously......you have to keep in mind that this is a classic Jackie Chan movie which means that certain rules and laws of gravity and physics do not apply. So sit back and enjoy the good old way...there is no Prometheus!
Jackie Chan of 1980's 1990's is back (by ramkumar-uiic)
Went in with a load of expectations as it was jackie's full fledged action movie after a long time ........ and sequel of a highly entertaining "Armour of God" added more zeal to the expectations ... movie starts off with a superb stunt with jackie trademark of riskiness written all over ... then movie movie moves off superfast with stunts, comedy and entertainment all through the way ... 2 and half hours runs without brakes ..... jackie is wonderful throughout the film ... though the movie misses jackieism of 80's and 90's a little bit , still the magic works <more>
.........verdict: Jackie's show throughout - highly entertaining ... action fans don't miss it ;
The movie is so bad it's good, the plot is so absurd it's negligible, and the action sequences are very damn good. It's a good time in general. (by dylan-ht-informal)
I recommend this movie if you are lighthearted and/or enjoy playing with kids and especially watching movies with kids. I do not recommend this if you are annoyed by absurdity or big on the "flow" of a movie as the dialogue and plot are not strong points. If you were friends with Jackie Chan, or if one of your friends made this, you would likely be entertained regardless of the bad. I get the argument that this is a god-awful film in principle. But if you're the kind of person that laughs maniacally at so bad it's good performances, like the gang-leader of the Rogues in The <more>
Warriors or John Travolta in Battlefield: Earth, then you should have no problem overlooking the gimmicky nature of the screen-writing/directing and enjoying the gold nuggets in this log. ****The Good****:The opening action sequence with the roller suit. Classic.The epic struggle for dominion of the great comfy couch between Jackie Chan and the s-c-u-m-b-a-g wearing the fedora, golf shoes, and robins egg blue blazer.Entire action sequence in the subterranean counterfeiting facility. Jackie Chan can retire with pride on this scene alone.Zhang Lanxin's high kicks.****The So Bad It's Good****: News report montage where every station looks monumentally un-watched, perhaps accessible only via the most esoteric satellite TV packages. Egyptian News coverage from in front of the green-screened great pyramids, the Greek XCMX reporting from in front of the green-screened acropolis, the Khmer Daily reporting from in front of the green-screened giant stone Buddha faces of Angkor Wat, the Arabic AAF on Channel 16 reporting live from in front of some mosque that is also green-screened, WABC news complete with stock ticker, and GBTV in HD! also with stock ticker to name a few.Jackie's ambiguous reply to female plea for assistance from the big action hero results in assumption of understated fetal/dunce position and tears in the corner of his garage. Gold falling out of the painfully fake rotten log that should really be more rotten and less sea-worthy considering that it has been a log for at least a hundred and fifty years.Five Frenchmen in Hawaiian shirts being pussies in unison when confronted by the polyglot pirate gang.The surprisingly numerous in unison one-liners of Jackie's entourage.When everybody flies off the log ride.Mission "Let the Dragon Fly" begins with the guy Jackie fought for dominion of the big comfy couch jumping from a plane with a large bronze dragon head strapped to his pelvis. It culminates with what resembles the Michelin man Jackie rolling down the side of a live volcano to break a ~120,000 foot, 5 minute freefall according to my watch .Jackie's recovery in the hospital of happiness where everybody gets what they deserve, all lose ends are tied up, all failing relationships are rekindled, and all acting is just goddamn terrible.If you know your Chinese History, the emotion that compels you to immediately change channels in response to drivel will be induced by at least one scene about the burning of the summer palace.
A fitting swan song for China's martial arts prince (by gstepup)
* Spoilers * The tricky issue of national historical treasures -- the twin points of how best to preserve and restore these relics, and where to draw the line between displaying it in museums that has staked a claim to it, and repatriating it back to its country of origin -- is the heart of Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan's reported swan song as a movie star . After bit roles in the by-now-mythical Bruce Lee films THE Chinese CONNECTION 1972 and ENTER THE DRAGON 1973 , Chan, now 59, hit it big with 1978's DRUNKEN MASTER and hasn't stopped working since; a certified <more>
international superstar, a public figure espousing advocacies he is a UNICEF GoodWill Ambassador, and has campaigned against animal abuse and pollution, and assisted with disaster relief efforts for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami , and, in the late Lee's wake, a kung fu prince in his own right. Chinese ZODIAC top-bills Chan, with several Chinese stars. The James Bond-ish prologue with Chan face-down on a zigzagging mountainside road, on rollerskates, fleeing dozens of armed men! easily sets the tone of the film, juxtaposed with auctions of important national relics/art pieces, and the presence of a nefarious underworld gang that steals, then replicates, said treasures, for ransom purposes. The 12 bronzeheads of the Chinese zodiac serve as the main fulcrum of the film. A ragtag team of art thieves led by Chan, of course and a relic-retrieval group of students led by pretty Xingtong Yao cross paths, leading to the house of French heiress Katherine de Sichel Laura Weissbecker the family went bankrupt . From thereon the fight scenes, the heists, chases and daring escapes, and the comedic repartee among the leads bombard our senses, and we're in for a thrilling ride. Several Asian faces the aforementioned Yao, Korean TV superstar Sang-woo Kwone, etc. and surprise guest stars Oliver Platt, comical as the head of the robbery and replica "company," Daniel Wu, Shu Qi, Tiffany Chang dot the already busy landscape. Chan like Schwarzenegger and Stallone is still glorious and in fine form, notwithstanding the end-credits outtakes showing him grimacing with each stunt. A catchy Chinese-English jingle makes a welcome interruption midway in the film framing the montage of Chan's ragtag team planning their rescue operation of the bronzeheads in Katherine's château . By then, the film has jumped into Indiana Jones/Lara Croft territory -- replete with ancient human bones, a shipwreck from the 1800s, more bronzeheads, nasty but clumsy pirates, and a fantastic 8-tonne cache of gold bars! Chan caps the film with an eye-popping climax involving Chan's audacious free fall over a raging volcano, in a perilous effort to save the priceless Dragon-Head and an epilogue where relics are returned, rightly, to their countries of origin, and where Chan's efforts are lauded by the public and the authorities alike. The main characters also have happy endings, as Chan sagely injects the subplot of solidifying family ties. Chan, the art thief known as Asian Hawk, himself undergoes metanoia and decides to return the 12 bronzeheads to China. Rough-hewn production values and the erratic multiple-screen device to show various countries's overlapping reactions to this and that, ad infinitum almost mar Chan's intentions as actor-director China's heritage being his main theme , but the film is highly entertaining, the viewer's emotions are respected while at the same time tugged at, and Chan, in his twofold role behind and in front of the cameras, employs many imaginative touches, carrying the film almost entirely on his huge charisma. Jackie Chan and Man-ching Ng, the film's cinematographers, capture the breathtaking majesty of the panoramic locales around the world .What a swan song, and what a timely message. Indeed, Chan himself, like the deceased Lee, is rightfully China's national treasure. Bravo!