Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Rumble in the Bronx (1996)
Jackie plays Keung, a young man who comes to New York to visit his uncle and help him out with his grocery store. He runs afoul of the local street gang and some mafia guys after some stolen diamonds and that's about all the plot we get.
Fortunately it's all we really need since nobody in their right mind goes to a Jackie Chan movie for the plot. You go to see him in action and he certainly delivers with a series of fantastic brawls starting with a relatively brief one in the grocery store.
This is followed by a nice bit of stunt work at a parking garage capped off an incredible leap from the roof of said garage to a nearby fire escape. The highlight of the film, though is a huge brawl in the gang's lair where Jackie pretty much beat up about twenty or so guys all by himself. The finale is pretty neat too with Jackie hanging on for dear life to a hovercraft as it mows through New York (or at least Vancouver posing as NYC).
In the end, it's far from Jackie's best movie. The Police Story films have better plots and earlier films like Project A and Armour of the Gods are more satisfying but this definitely gets the job done. Jackie has gone on to have a pretty good career since then with many of his older movies getting a stateside release (albeit in edited and dubbed versions) and he has also found success with the Rush Hour films with Chris Tucker. I don't especially care for them (nor does Jackie from what I've read) but you can't really argue with success.
This one is good if you have 90 minutes to kill and are in the mood for a silly, breezy action comedy.