Skiptrace (2016)

Skiptrace (2016)

Released: 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Genre
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Bingbing Fan, Johnny Knoxville, Jackie Chan, ,
Run time: 107 min
IMDb: 5.7/10
Country: China
Views: 108340

Synopsis

Storyline:
Still blaming himself for the untimely demise of his best friend after nine long years, the veteran Hong Kong police detective, Bennie Chan, still finds himself on a wild-goose chase, trying to expose the elusive criminal kingpin known only as “The Matador”. So far, nothing has changed, and Bennie’s main suspect–the corrupt entrepreneur, Victor Wong–is, above all, legally untouchable. However, when Samantha–his late partner’s only daughter–has a brush with the mob, Bennie will have no other choice but to seek help from an improbable ally: the flamboyant American gambler, Conor Watts, who has serious problems of his own with the Russian mafia. Now, the unlikely duo must cross the vast landscapes of Mongolia and the Gobi Desert to return to Hong Kong in one piece, as the Matador is still unknown. Will Bennie ever find the hard evidence he needs to put him once and for all behind bars?
Written by
Nick Riganas
User Reviews: Okay bear with me on this one, this is one of those films that I enjoyed yet I fully understand an argument against me doing so.

You see Netflix decided to make another buddy duo with Jackie Chan, he’s done great work with Chris Tucker, Owen Wilson and even Lee Evans before so it made sense. There is just something about him that screams buddy movie, so here they pair him with Johnny Knoxville which has been met with a very mixed reception. Do they have chemistry? I personally thought so.

It tells a rather generic action movie story (As they tend to do) with lashings of comedy to keep it interesting and in my view both of these leads excel in that department. They both have great natural comedic timing despite not really coming from that background, Chan from martial arts and Knoxville from…….stunts?

An old school buddy movie with over the top sequences, the odd couple dynamic and Chan’s trademark comedy stunts/fight scenes I was enthralled but the films flaws are overwhelming.

Many jokes miss their mark, some moments seem awkward, the fights are considerably tamer than we’re used to (Chan’s age no doubt a factor), and the whole thing has a really PG vibe to it. Truth be told the movie has a lot more flaws than I’m letting on but it’s qualities outweigh them and I found it an enjoyable, fun, throwback movie.

I understand the criticism, but I really enjoyed it and would love a sequel.

The Good:

Leads do a great job

Eve Torres is ageing like a fine wine

Some funny moments

Awesome buddy movie dynamic

The Bad:

Littered with flaws in pretty much every area of the film

PG cuteness hurts the film

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