Review: Skiptrace

Skiptrace

Skiptrace

Genre: Action, Comedy
Duration: 107 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 02-SEP-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.5 on 5 (Skipping Affair. See it only for Jackie Chan)
Plot:
A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.
Overall Review:
Skiptrace is directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) and written by Jay Longino with Ben David Grabinski. Film stars Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville along with famous mainland Chinese actress Fan Bingbing who plays as the adopted daughter of Jackie Chan’s character. Truly speaking, movie is disappointing. Jackie Chan turns in a decent performance but typical of his earlier action movies. The strogest asset of the film is its cinematography as its been shot in various stunning places. Film displays cultures and traditions of China and Mongolia, sometimes in amusingly creative way. Director has spent lot of time in buidling the relationship between Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville but this odd-couple (American+Chinese) pairing simply does not work. With Jackie Chan now in his sixties, the action feels a bit more subdued, his moves look a bit stiffer, but the man still does things nobody his age can do, with riveting skill and precision. Film has activities such as the lantern and mud festival that is bound to attract viewer, as much as it does to tourist but its been canvased on the screen in very simplistic manner. Collective efforts from the visual and soundtracks creates “SKIPTRACE” a picturesque journey.
Performance & Technical Review:
Johnny Knoxville is the perfect match for Jackie Chan to be a buddy. However, both of them have too little chemistry to make this ‘odd-couple’ pairing work. Film also stars famous mainland Chinese actress Fan Bingbing who plays the role of adopted daughter of Jackie Chan. Fan Bingbing was far and away the best performer. Movie has some visual elements to flaunt, though the cheap looking CGIs and sloppy editing often ruin the look of it, and whilst some of the stunts are impressive, the action choreography is disappointing overall.
PDF Verdict:
“Skiptrace” had the potential to be great fun but due to its weak plot and clumsy direction, it ends up being an average affair. “SKIP” it OR see it only if you are Jackie Chan die-hard fan.
Ratings: 3 on 5 (Skipping Affair. See it only for Jackie Chan)
Performance: 3 on 5
Script: 2.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
CGI: 2 on 5

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