Movie Review: Skiptrace (2016)
Director: Renny Harlin.
Writers: Jay Longino, BenDavid Grabinski.
Time: 107 mins.
Jackie Chan's latest action-comedy movie "Skiptrace" with Johnny Knoxville releases in the US today, while it was released in China for DirecTV on July 28th. In this active consulting review we direct the movie for you.
All the action-comedy enthusiasts are looking forward to this movie. But I may burst the bubble. The movie sadly took 2.5 stars from my red pen.
An air of fatigue surrounds the 62-year-old Chan in the same old plot of "revenging my dead old partner killed in action" while Johnny Knoxville has to supply the perpetual energy while portraying the unwitting gambler.
Nine years later, after the colleague dies while asking Benni (Chan) to take care of his daughter, he is still trying to get Matador behind the bars, all the while believing him to be Victor Wong (Winston Chao). Then he and his two colleagues (Shi Shi, Kuo-Pin Chao) bang through an unsuccessful uncovering raid.
Samantha (Bingbing Fan) is the dead colleague's daughter who works at a Macau gambling den in trying to find some activity that may prove Wong to be her father’s killer. Stupidly enough, she gets involves in a chaos that leads to Yank Connor Watts (Knoxville) witnessing a murder, who then flees to Russian, of course, with the money from the gaming hell. Samantha is then kidnapped and Connor is off to Siberia with Bennie on his trial.
A definite one time watch, “Skiptrace” is a travelogue with comedy as Chan drags Knoxville through Russia, the Gobi Desert both traveling by anything that works. Random incidents happen in the many festivals and events as the tour goes south to China. Undeniably, there is some action and an eccentric playlist, Skiptrace” is silly lively, funny, and cheerfully dumb all the while taking the viewer on a trip to central Asia.