New York Times - 08/22/2003
"...[Mr. Hung] has given Mr. Chan a couple of virtuoso sequences, beautifully framed and edited, showing that at 50 Mr. Chan can still fly through the air with the best of them..."
USA Today - 08/22/2003
"...With Chan's affable charm and stunning leaps, kicks and jumps, it's a good natured and amusing spectacle..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/17/2003
"[R]edeemed by silliness, exaggeration, and Chan's skill and charm."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2004
"[Chan] remains remarkably limber..."
Jackie Chan is back in action with THE MEDALLION, yet another fast-paced martial arts action-comedy. Chan plays Eddie Yang, a Hong Kong cop who is working with Interpol officer Arthur Watson (Lee Evans) in order to protect a gifted young child. Aware that the child holds a centuries-old medallion that could give him limitless powers, Snakehead (Julian Sands) and his band of criminals kidnap the child and head for Dublin. It isn't long before Eddie arrives in Ireland where he is teamed up with beautiful Interpol officer Nicole James (Claire Forlani), who also happens to be a former flame. Together Eddie, Nicole, and the bumbling Watson manage to track down the child, but after an accident in which Eddie appears to have died, it's up to the gifted boy to put the trusty medallion to work and resuscitate him.
While Chan appears to have lost a bit of a bounce from his early days, he still pulls off moves that would leave most actors flatfooted. This time around, director Gordon Chan uses special effects alongside superstar choreographer Sammo Hung's action sequences, giving the audience a double dose of adrenaline. As is the case with most Chan films, hilarious outtakes and bloopers accompany the film's closing credits.
Hong Kong |
Martial Arts |
Special Effects |