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Jackie Chan Style is Back in “Skiptrace”

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Available on DVD.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen true Jackie Chan choreography like we’ve seen from masterpieces such as Rumble in the Bronx. This cop buddy movie teams Chan up with Johnny Knoxville as a slippery conman who crossed the same crime boss whom Chan has been after for months. Sounds like it’s been done before – and it has – but it could never be done as well as when Chan is in the picture. The fight scenes are graceful and hilarious at points, never getting stale, and the storyline is fairly balanced. This is one for a popcorn movie night in.

My only criticism is the use of flash-forewords, flash-backs, and cartoon freeze-frames introducing the characters. It’s tired and comes off as trying too hard to be fresh. It doesn’t go on for too long, so it doesn’t really detract from the film overall.

2 Comments

  1. This movie seems similar to the Rush Hour series (albeit this movie of course contains a white guy). Nevertheless, Jackie Chan greatly contributed to modern martial arts as well as the entertainment industry.

    In regards to Knoxville, I never found him to be that funny. I saw the first Jackass movie when I was younger and found it funny the, but he’s sort have become an actor who has become famous by being “absurd.”

    So, maybe I’ll see this film for the martial arts in it, but I don’t know how I’ll feel about the humor.

    • Howard Crane

      It’s surprisingly not “dickhead college boy humour” like Jackass. He mustn’t have had a whole lot of creative input in it. The parts of the movie with Chan and Knoxville in them are focused on Chan with Knoxville as, basically, the token white guy with minimal character development. So not much to worry about.

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