Chan Still Delivers A Knockout Punch Review

Whatever else you might want to say about Jackie Chan (and given certain comments, there's plenty to say), the man never had the identity crisis that plagued so many action stars of his generation. Across several decades and dozens of movies, his persona remained remarkably consistent, even as he moved between countries and genres. The only problem with that is that it makes many of his films seem largely interchangeable, and packaging two of them together like this serves only to reinforce that. Crime Story and The Protector are both perfectly fine movies on their own, though, so that's unlikely to dissuade Chan fans, nor should it.

Crime Story finds Chan on his home turf in Hong Kong, assigned to protect an unscrupulous billionaire from kidnappers, in spite of his personal reservations about the man's business conduct. The influence of Hard-Boiled is felt as his inspector copes with PTSD, shoots his gun haphazardly into crowds, and fights a dedicated group of criminals that foreshadow DeNiro's crew in Heat. The Protector, on the other hand, takes its cues from 48 Hours, matching Chan with a pre­-Do The Right Thing Danny Aiello in New York (though proceedings move, naturally, to Hong Kong). Kidnapping, once more, is the order of the day, with the two assigned to track down another rich man's daughter who was taken by figures in Chinese organized crime.

Crime Story is a little more raw, largely dispensing with the niceties of big budget filmmaking and cutting right to the bone, while The Protector is a little moodier, relying more on atmosphere and standard issue theatrics (Chan is dressed down by his superior after the first big action sequence, and told that his badge is on the line). Both are cop actioners as opposed to martial arts films, so neither of them display Chan's true talents in the way that the Drunken Master films do, but provide a satisfying one-two punch for anyone who needs a Chan fix.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Crime Story features an interview with director Kirk Wong, deleted scenes, and a theatrical trailer. The Protector features From New York to Hong Kong, an Interview with director James Glickenhaus, a behind-the-scenes featurette, theatrical trailers, and Jackie Chan's personal cut of the film.

"Jackie Chan Double Feature (Crime Story/The Protector)" is on sale January 15, 2013 and is rated R. Action. Directed by James Glickenhaus, Kirk Wong. Written by Cun Tin Nam, Chan Man Keung, Chan Lai Ling, Cheung Chi Sing, Teddy Chan, James Glickenhaus. Starring Au Yeung Pui Shan, Bill Wallace, Christine Ng, Danny Aiello, Jackie Chan, Ken Lo, Kim Bass, Law Kar Ying, Richard Clarke, Ronan Ocasey, Roy Chiao, Saun Ellis, Victor Arnold.

Jan
22
2013
Anders Nelson • Associate Editor

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