The Foreigner

After his daughter is killed by terrorists, a sullen restaurateur seeks the identities of those responsible and travels to Ireland to take vengeance.

Year: 2017
Certificate: 15
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Martin Campbell, Jackie Chan, Manolo Cardona, Katie Leung, Liu Tao, Stephen Leather, Dermot Crowley, Simon Kunz, Charlie Murphy, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Rory Fleck Byrne

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‘The Foreigner follows ‘Quan Ngoc Minh’ played by Jackie Chan. A Chinese businessman living in London with his daughter. While taking his daughter to buy her dream dress for her school dance, a bomb explodes killing her and a dozen other people. The group taking credit for the bombing is a group called ‘The Authentic IRA’, an Irish group of terrorists who threaten to continue the bombings in the face of ‘The illegal occupation of Northern Ireland’.

Deputy Minister to the UK ‘Liam Hennessy’, played by Pierce Brosnan, is tasked with the job of keeping the peace but it’s possible that his history could somehow be linked to the very men that carried out this atrocity.

In his grief and desire to know the identity of the people responsible for the bombing even contacting the police on a daily basis and offering them cash for the names. They, of course, give him no information so ‘Quan Ngoc Minh’ turns his attention to Hennessy who he feels may be able to give him some sort of information that will help him track the killers down. Hennessy quickly dismisses the request for information but ‘Quan Ngoc Minh’ is not a man to say no to.

The film is set in and around the UK and Northern Ireland and in the past I have found most of the ‘British’ action movies to be a little boring but as the film progressed I became more and more engrossed in the story and the action.

I have been a Jackie Chan fan for some time and know that many of his earlier movies are filled with crazy stunts and fight scenes that Chan mostly did himself. This is a little bit of a different role for him. This film, although still having some action in it, is very much more about his performance rather than his fighting.

If you’re looking for a typical Jackie Chan movie, ‘The Foreigner’ only gives you glimpses of Chan from years gone by.

The other members of the cast also give pretty good performances and I think that’s what helped the film stay together instead of turning into a typical boring British crime thriller.

Brosnan is great and if you can get passed him speaking with a Northern Irish accent, you get a great performance.

The film twists and turns and although the ‘revenge’ theme has been done to death recently (pun intended) with the ‘Taken’ movies, ‘The Foreigner’ stands up well to those.

The themes of this film are very sensitive. There is reference to the many years of fighting and over the occupation of Northern Ireland by the British and there is the subject of terrorism in the streets of London which due to events over recent years, still sit fresh in peoples minds. The film deals with these subjects really well and unless you were deeply affected by these subjects, the close proximity to reality shouldn’t spoil your viewing experience.

I was pleasantly surprised by the film and if you are looking for an action movie with more than just big explosions, then I suggest you watch ‘The Foreigner’.

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  1. As someone who’s been too close to a PIRA bombing, I was wary of this film glamourising the situation. Instead it treats it fairly well and comes across in a good way. Fans of Jackie Chan will like it, especially for his actual acting skills.

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