detective Eddie Yang (Jackie) is hot on the trail of an international
criminal, inexplicably called “Snakehead” (Julian Sand). Thanks to
the inept interference of Interpol agent Arthur Watson (Lee Evans),
Eddie loses track of SnakeHead in
but finds him again in Ireland. In
Eddie reunites with an old girlfriend, Nicole (Claire Forlani), who is
now Interpol liason to
South East Asia
. With the help of Watson and Nicole, Eddie tries to rescue from
Snakeheads’s clutches a young Chinese boy who is the keeper of a
mysterious Medallion, a magic talisman which bestows supernatural power
and immortality, and can only be wielded by the boy.
Debbie’s Review: After being desperately
disappointed by The Tuxedo, I walked into this film with dirt-low
expectations, and you know what? I had fun! That’s all I ever ask from
Jackie, and he delivered this time. He made me laugh, he made me say
“wow!” and he even made me get misty-eyed. I got my money’s worth.
(But that's because I went to the matinee).
Sadly, though, Jackie is once again better than the
vehicle the writers have assembled for him. The story, which was
re-worked and changed God knows how many times is pretty much a jumbled
mess. The outtakes show that there were a great many scenes that ended
up being cut from the film. There is no character development at all. I
mean NONE. First we jump into a chase in
, we have a brief exchange between Eddie and Watson, and them BOOM,
and they’re having what sounds for all the world like a lover’s
spat. Huh? Then BOOM, Nicole marches in and has another lover’s spat
with Eddie. Huh? Give us at least a minute of establishing friendship or
falling in love, please!
The wire work was better than I expected, and also
worse than I expected. I have mixed feelings about the whole idea. First
of all, I thought only Eddie was supposed to have supernatural powers.
How come everybody in the whole dang film can fly? And too much CGI was
thrown in for no apparent reason, except, Hey! We know how to do cool
CGI effects. And look! Now everybody can fly! However, that being said,
I thought supernatural powers worked better as an excuse for wires and
special effects than a Tuxedo did.
But I still preferred the fight scenes that came
early in the film, before Eddie became a super-guy. He looked like the
old Jackie, fast and furious, with no wires, or wires used
unobtrusively, and with several of those little trademark moves that
make you say “Now THAT was cool!”
As I said before, Jackie was good. What he lacks in
English speaking skills he makes up in charm. Unfortunately, I know
he’s a better actor in Cantonese, and I feel like the American public
is beginning to think the guy can’t act, which makes me sad. He can do
passion, he can do pathos, he can do drama. He just doesn’t do them as
well in English.
Claire Forlani is cute as heck and a very good
actress. But for most of the scenes, her relationship with Jackie just
doesn’t seem believable. I’d like to blame it on the total lack of
character or relationship development, but I’m not sure that’s the
whole story. Somehow they just didn’t click for me. Jackie seems
profoundly uncomfortable and out of his element in the love scenes.
Maybe he just needs practice. Maybe she’s not his type.
Maybe she's WAY TOO YOUNG for him (note to Jackie, being with a
leading lady half your age makes you look OLDER, not younger.)
I thought Lee Evans, for the most part, was an
irritating idiot. Once more I want to blame this on the script, because
I know he’s a funny guy. He was occasionally amusing, don’t get me
wrong, but I think the film could have done without his character
altogether. I guess it’s another case of the producers, or writers, or
whoever, thinking Jackie always has to have a fast-talking partner when
he’s filming in English.
Brilliant character actor John-Rys Davies, he of
the resonant baritone voice, was completely wasted in his small role as
the Interpol Chief.
Overall, this isn’t a great film. Certainly not
up to the standards of Jackie’s older
films, not even up to the standards of Shanghai Noon. But it was a
pleasant enough 90 minute diversion (which would have even better with
another 20 minutes worth of story development). But hey, at least I
wasn’t cringing with embarrassment for Jackie this time.
KUNG FU SUPERCOP's Review: The
medallion was not that bad actually.Its about Jackie chan who meets
another british cop and he finds a magic medallion.There are bad guys
that try to steal it and they kidnap the boy.The boy has the medallion
and the medallion brings people back to life.The fights are very
good.Chan also has this girlfreind(The girl from the kevin smith film
Mallrats).Its a pretty funny movie but chan can do better. It's not his
best movie, he can do way better,he went down.Good movie but I cant
belive im actually giving this film a not so good rating but I hope his
other films are better.I think they will be.I love the fight scenes but
he should go back to perfect mixstures of action comedy and stunts.
???'s Review: I saw this J.C
movie in the theaters. ITs about some medallion that brings people back
to life.Nothing great about this movie its just a normal j.c movie but
it is not as good as his other 2000s movies. Im not saying its a bad
movie its pretty good. Its not jackies best but still watchable
Score:6.5/10 i know its the lowest
rating ive given on this site but jackie can do a lot better than
J's Review: When I first heard about this movie I was truly excited
- here we had the highest budget ever in a Hong Kong production and
intended to be shot in the HK style but with the emphasis on being aimed
at audiences both Western and Asian. Later it was announced Columbia who
bought the distribution rights were so impressed with what they saw,
they intended to spend $35-$40 million on the promotion of the film - as
much as the budget of the film itself!!
A film starring Jackie, directed by
the helmer of Fist of Legend, co-starring some fairly high profile names
(Lee Evans, Claire Forlani) with action directed by Sammo...... what
could go wrong??
As it turns out........ quite a bit.
Warning bells could be heard when
Jackie shot this film in the time he had free whilst shooting Tuxedo and
preparing for Shanghai Knights. Working on the film in an almost
part-time capacity? Didn't sound good. Extensive re-shoots ordered by
Columbia? Another warning sign. Announcement that Columbia wanted to
scrap the idea of releasing a single international version designed for
all and cut it as they saw fit? Oh dear.... Finally, barely a whisper
mentioned of this film up until a couple of months prior to release? At
this stage I was ready to be disappointed.
So like Debbie I walked into the
theatre with low expectations, however unlike Debbie, my expectations
were unfortunately easily met. For me this film is in some ways worse
than the Tuxedo, the humour isn't particularly crude like that offering
but at least the Tuxedo had a novel premise and felt reasonably
structured, this film was just a mess.
First off is perhaps the biggest
weakness - the script. When a movie requires 5 screenwriters you have to
wonder if it is a case of a "too many cooks" scenario.
Obviously many films have other credited writers, but between these guys
what was created seemed pretty shoddy, there seemed to be so little
character development, no tension, barely any drama, yet another
implausible love interest and yet another(!) horrendously cliched and
dull villain. I don't expect Shakespeare to come leaping out of a Jackie
film script but this just seemed so lazy and contrived.
The conflict of film culture and
styles is also apparent, an example being the comedy set piece in the
police station with the fellow officers becoming confused with Lee Evans
sexuality whilst eavesdropping on his conversation with Jackie. The way
it was written and performed seemed very much in the vein of one of the
"Lucky Stars" films, and whilst that type of humour worked for
that series, here it felt weak and forced. It didn't help that Lee Evans
(one of the funniest physical performers around whom I love to watch)
was about as annoying as you can get. I felt quite upset that he was in
this film and yet he barely caused me to smile, (let alone laugh) such
was the OTT nature of his performance, however I would imagine this is
just as much to do with the unsure direction as anything else.
As mentioned before, we once again
have an unconvincing romance - Jackie REALLY doesn't look at all
comfortable having a passionate clinch with Claire Forlani and to be
honest it showed. Jackie is not, and has never really appeared to be the
type (or played the character) to be a sexy, smouldering lover. I really
think he would do a great job of playing a weary husband with a wife of
similar age, not only for the fact it would look more plausible but I
feel he would be more comfortable too. The longer he keeps looking like
a sugar daddy when considering the age of his leading ladies, the
creepier it gets really......
Of further disappointment was the
action which felt underwhelming with the choreography being quite
average in my opinion, particularly during the finale (nasty
undercranking with the baddie minions and a dull showdown with Julian
Sands). The earlier action in the film before Jackie went supernatural
was better with a few moments of cool incidental stunts that were
reminiscent of the good old days, although even this was tempered by
some completely unneccesary (and blindingly obvious wirework - why?!) I
would rather Jackie remain on terra firma in his fight scenes at the
risk of being slower or less "flashy" than wire assisted
stuff, purely because I think it is one of the work ethics that typifies
Jackie. Some actors look great on wires and thrive on it, Jackie (I
feel) does not.
However, one scene of worthy note was
the remarkably touching scene of Jackie's death. So unlike the rest of
the film, this scene was both understated and sensitively performed,
Jackie being both strong and honourable in the face of death and once
again displaying considerable prowess at acting without dialogue (and
underwater too!). Truly a memorable scene.
But for me that one scene was as good
as it got, what disappoints the most is that this film was aiming to be
a synergy of western budget with Hong Kong style, something fans had
wanted for some time, particularly in Jackie's case. Given the talent
involved I really wonder where the budget went, to me it looked
"cheap" and very much like a straight to video movie (much as
I hate to say it) rather than the highest budgeted film in Hong Kong
movie history. Perhaps I expected too much, but I feel this was another
case of "should have been better".
The Medallion was summed up for me in
its title - little thought put into it and ultimately rather dull....
Tawsif Zaman's Review: i saw the
medallion several times . its really a great movie. i disagree with
debbie for one thing, " you think the medallion is only 6/10. but i
found much better reviews. the medallion is truly great. it has lots of
amazing action & stunts. Jackie chan was in top form. even when
jackie chan became a super guy, the special effects were great. it was
like i was watching jackie chan adventures. the end fight was truly
awesome. i am telling you JC fans , the medallion is no exception. it is
a must see movie. much better than the tuxedo, i would highly recommend
to anybody who is an action/martial arts fan. two thumps up to this
movie. Jackie chan, you rock & you are the best.