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Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 28.57%
Average: 21.43%
Pretty Bad42.86%
Total Crap: 7.14%

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Crime Story (Zhong An Zu)
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by Chris Parry

"Four words. Underplayed boring Jackie Chan."
2 stars

Take away the fun, frolic, stupid humor and bizarre acrobatic martial arts sequences from a Jackie Chan movie and what is left? Subtitles, car chases, a fight scene per half hour and extreme lengths gone to in order to make Jackie look like a hero.

Crime Story forces Jackie The Hero down your throat. A millionaire is kidnapped and held to ransom by thugs in Hong Kong. After a few cops are killed in a car chase, Chan goes half-mental, fights with a psychiatrist to stay in his job, and is then inexplicably chosen to lead up the kidnap case.

When a high ranking police official is assigned to partner him, Jackie isn't quite aware that his new partner is in the kidnap gang. Not aware, although for half the movie he's sending death-stares his partners way that seem to indicate Jackie knows exactly what's afoot.

The action, since that's the base of all Chan flicks, is crap. On a Hong Kong scale it's crap, but even on a Hollywood scale it's crap. One wonders if Jackie was recovering from some injury during this shoot, since he's barely seen doing anything more physical than sweating and bleeding.

It's a big production, sure, but there's no basis to it's size. It's a case of all that glitters is not gold. Give it a miss.

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User Comments

1/07/14 NojEsco A very strong Chan outing, telling a very strong dramatic story, told well by the director. 4 stars
1/24/05 keithers.. This is a good change of pace..decent Chan film 3 stars
2/01/04 interesting true story, and Jacky Chan steals every scene whether he is fighting or not. 4 stars
6/22/03 Zargo decent, but it's just not jackie chan 3 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 Jackie's good in a serious part, nice action 4 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Okay, Jackie. Since U were just experimenting, I forgive you. But don't ever do it again! 1 stars
10/18/99 Weird Andy Shit, I thought this was the Dennis Farina cop/gangster TV project. 4 stars
7/01/99 Mike Lowrey This movie was originally made for Jet Li. That's why it's more drama than action/comedy. 3 stars
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