Beginning the new year with some action from Jackie Chan. Isn’t it amazing that at sixty-two Jackie Chan is still out here jumping over stuff and putting himself in harm’s way for movies? So as he continues on being prolific we have this movie Railroad Tigers, an action comedy with one of his co-stars being his son Jaycee Chan which makes you feel at times like Jackie Chan is in a movie with his younger 80s self. Here we have another period movie dealing with Japan’s occupation of China during the '40s and I had high hopes.
Jackie Chan is Ma Yuan, a railroad worker who leads a band of other workers that use their knowledge of the trains to attack Japanese train convoys to get supplies for poor people in their province. Once the Japanese come to their area to investigate these attacks they decide to help the rebel forces and blow up the local bridge that the Japanese military use to move their forces and supplies throughout the whole region to hamper them. Much of movie is broken into chapters and the tone kept light even though events in the story is actually pretty serious. Jackie has his usual charisma he’s had over the past 40 years. The story drags as it’s trying to get you into each one of his crew and knowing Japanese military antagonists. To be honest I think it’s more of a cultural thing in terms of telling the story than if it’s really bad or not.
Thinking back on the movie I wish that second act was kind of expunged or done as a montage so that it was just the introductory first act and the really big and fun last act. The movie ended way more serious than I thought it would but not that surprising going by Chan’s recent output the last ten years. In the end, I can’t sit here and say this is one is a must see new piece of his filmography but it might be cool to watch if comes on one day on cable or something.
Rating: 3 out of 5