I love going to the movies. It is one of my favorite past times. This year I have done terrible about making time to go see something. Trust me I’m ashamed of myself.
Nevertheless, last Saturday went and saw The Foreigner, which came out last weekend. An action/thriller based on a novel it is about a Chinese restaurant owner with a hidden secret who sets out to seek revenge for his daughter who is harmed in an act of terrorism.
The Foreigner is Rated R for violence, language and some sexual material. It stars Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. I will do my best to avoid spoilers.
The movie starts out quickly. After the opening scene I felt that the movie moved a bit slowly. But it did pick up the pace at the second half. This movie did a different take on terrorism. At least one that most of us are not used too. It wasn’t just explosions and death. It looked at motives and kind of the viciousness of the acts. It gave faces to the terrorists. It made it seem more real than what is often done in film. Even the revenge part turned out to be less of the story than the terrorism.
I honestly did not know how the movie was going to turn out. Though there were moments of boredom, the movie would suddenly get exciting again. All in all I really wanted to know what was going to happen.
The acting was great. Chan and Brosnan both effectively portrayed their characters. My favorite scenes were the fight scenes Jackie Chan was involved in. The ending one being the best. I also really enjoyed the scenes where Chan and Brosnan interacted.
The music was subtle. I usually hear the music and remember it vividly, but in The Foreigner I don’t. I can recall it be vaguely sinister and creepy though.
All in All the movie was pretty good. Definitely not what I expected from what I read or what the trailers showed. I recommend it and give it a 3 out of 5.