- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Jackie Chan's new film
Steven D. Greydanus (Decent Films) exclaims, "Can't anybody in the movie biz figure out how to make better use of Jackie Chan's time?
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "Viewing it is akin to watching landfill, with the projector dumping just enough garbage to fill 90 minutes of screen time." He also criticizes the director for "lighthearted use of Buddhist religious imagery."
"They say that if you have an infinite amount of monkeys and give them an infinite amount of typewriters and an infinite amount of time, they'll eventually bang out the works of Shakespeare," writes Michael Elliott (Movie Parables). "True or not, it is doubtful that they would do worse than the five screenwriters responsible for
Bob Smithouser (Focus on the Family) says it "deserves kudos" not for what it is, but for what it doesn't have: "Very little foul language. No sex …. Even the frequent action violence yields few casualties. The filmmakers could have gotten away with a lot more offensive material, yet chose not to. But beyond that, there's not much worthwhile about Jackie Chan's latest effort. Eastern mysticism is the heroes' salvation … this movie misrepresents true divinity and spiritual authority."
Holly McClure (Crosswalk) enjoyed the film: "If you want a no-brainer popcorn movie with lots of amazing action, stunts and very funny scenes to finish off the summer with, then this is the movie for you to see."from Film Forum, 09/04/03