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Medallion, The
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by Jason Whyte

"'I like Chan a lot, just not in this middle-of-the-road actioner.'"
2 stars

While I haven't exactly liked all of the movies Jackie Chan has starred in, I can't deny the joy of watching him on screen. He has always had such a wonderful balance of confidence, humour and slapstick in nearly all of his movies. (I'm going to spare you the references to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, since you probably have heard them many times already). "[b]The Medallion[/b]" is a sort of middle-ground Jackie Chan movie. You laugh a few key moments of the film, smile a bit, and then you forget the rest of it and out the exit door you go. It's a slight Chan movie that is weighed down by a lack of excitement, so much so that you start questioning the film's lackluster storyline, which you're never supposed to do in a film like this.

It might not help that Jackie is starting to show age. Bless him for trying to entertain his audience, but as he gets on, the less we see of natural stunts and the more we see wire work, computer assistance and even, gasp, the stunt double! It reminds me of a moment in "Operation Condor 2" where Jackie is supposed to jump off a bike and onto a barrel, but if you sat close enough to the theater screen in this sequence, you could see somebody...ahem...ELSE performing Jackie's should-do work. And, sadly, there's a bit of that here.

And there's also not much of a fun story. Rich evil-doer Snakehead (Julian Sands) wants to control the world, and finds a way to achieve this by securing two medallions; one will make the owner immortal, the other never age. The film starts out in Hong Kong where Snakehead's plan gets foiled by Chan, who plays interpol cop Eddie Yang. Eventually, Snakehead's gang gets the kid and takes him to Dublin, where Chan follows and meets up with some partners; the wacky, comical Lee Evans plays cop Arthur Watson in some comical moments, while the lovely Claire Forlani plays straight-arrow cop Nicole James who can fight a bit herself. (Forlani, pure british through-and-through, finally gets to show a bit of her accent that we've been missing from so many of her previous films.)

"The Medallion" has its moments, especially in Chan's kinetic action scenes; there's a quick shot where Jackie is chasing his enemy, and he skips across breaks in a stone wall like it's nothing at all. Or how he climbs up ladders quickly, or zips through tight corners with ease. There's also a nice moment near the beginning, where Chan is battling a bad guy, a gun shot goes off, and Chan cowers for a quick moment at the noise. Nice to see a bit of realism in a movie full of fictional goings-on.

While "The Medallion" is not awful, it feels slighter and cheaper than a lot of Chan's recent films -- the film's bad editing, poor transitions and tinny music score don't help -- and there's less of the all-out entertainment of Chan's previous work. At least the outtakes are funny, but aren't they always?

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User Comments

6/05/06 JM Synth Plot is a rip-off of "The Golden Child", a strange choice for inspiration. 1 stars
12/06/05 J.D. Pittman III Come on Chan! I know you can do better. But tell me you can't do worse. 2 stars
7/31/05 hdsbds See Forlaini fight convincingly under the direction of Sammo Hung. Forget the rest. 2 stars
7/28/05 Quigley a dumb cartoon story. attempting to make chan matrix-esque flops. a real letdown for fans 1 stars
4/07/05 matt Could be the worst film of all time. 1 stars
1/24/05 keithers.. Major let down for Chan fans...he's no longer the king of action... 2 stars
2/29/04 Norman L.O. Yes, ARealMartialArtist, I hope I can rely only on wires and bad CGI when I'm 50, too. 2 stars
10/08/03 Allison Lafferty Fun romp except for the excessive slapping. (Hollywood bitchslap indeed!) 4 stars
10/08/03 Cheryl Mayfield Pretty crappy, but seeing Claire Forlani get peed on was worth it. 2 stars
9/06/03 ARealMartialArtist I hope you guys can all do what he can do at 50 years old. I thought it was great! 5 stars
9/04/03 BillHead Jackie Chan is a gook piece of shit..he should have been in the Killing Fields, for real 1 stars
9/03/03 Stryper Rocks The usual good moves and stunts by Jackie, but the script was written by a 12 year old 3 stars
9/03/03 bored mom The best-looking B-movie ever. 1 stars
8/31/03 Zerocool It was a good movie. Nice action good story. It was funny. But lot'of special effects. 4 stars
8/30/03 Pete It was cool 3 stars
8/27/03 KingNeutron Normally I like Chan movie, but this one needed EDITING 2 stars
8/26/03 digitalsushi Jackie was great. Everyone else sucked! 2 stars
8/24/03 dave ONLY a MUST see if you're a Chan fan 1 stars
8/23/03 Battousai Must See if you're a Chan Fan 5 stars
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