The 62 year old Jackie Chan is getting a bit old for these kinds of roles, and I remember back when he said he was going to stop doing action and become “the Asian Robert De Niro”, though despite appearing in a variety of films the latter hasn’t really happened. So it’s back to action comedies, and this one very much looks like a throwback to the Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon films….which is fine by now, because I still really enjoy them, but I’m not sure there is a big market for this kind of film in today’s climate.
Skiptrace combines Chan with Johnny Knoxville [so, considering his age, he may actually have a co-star who does more stunts than him] in what certainly looks like a fun movie judging by the trailer. It’s directed by Renny Harlin, who used to be a top action director with the likes of Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2 and, my favourite, the wonderful The Long Kiss Goodnight to his name, though he’s struggled somewhat since then [though Deep Blue Sea was a blast].
Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Jackie Chan) has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie’s young niece Samantha (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the only man who can help him: fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville). Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back to Hong Kong and the unlikely pair embark on an entertaining and perilous adventure from the snowy mountains of Mongolia to the windswept dunes of the Gobi desert.
Written by Jay Longino and Ben David Grabinski, Skiptrace arrives in cinemas on September 2.