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LATEST DVD REVIEW ADDED: THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2003
The Tuxedo: Jackie Chan 007 (Region 1)
Movie: The Tuxedo
Director: Kevin Donovan
Actors: Jackie Chan, Jennifer Lover Hewitt, Jason Isaacs, The Godfather of Soul James Brown (!)
First of all, I'm one of the biggest Jackie Chan fans. I've discovered him to be honest, really. I've noticed him long before Quentin Tarantino introduced him to the rest of the world during the MTV Movie Award and his break through with Rumble in the Bronx some years ago. I still remember when I managed to get my hands on a video tape called Drunken Master, this movie changed Hong Kong cinema permanently. Police Story was one of his greatest and combined a harde edge cop thriller with amazing fresh martial arts. I've discovered how Hollywood stole action sequences invented by Jackie Chan...anyway, let's get back to this review I'll try to review this DVD as objective as possible.
Story in a nutshell:
Jackie Chans plays James Tong a low life who was lucky to get a new job as a driver of a wealthy business man Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs). When a car explosion almost kills Devlin, Tong discovers that his boss is a secret agent. Devlins forces Tong to complete his important mission and gives him the key to his secret weapon: The Tuxedo. A Bond-style smoking with tricks and gadgets. Tong has to find the dangerous Diedrich Banning (Ritchie Coster) who plans to manipulate the watersurplies around the globe. Fortunately James Tong will get some help of the beautiful fellow agent Del Blaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt).
The Tuxedo is a average predictable action comedy. The chemistry between Chan and Hewitt doesn't always work and the script has more holes than Swiss cheese…..I'm sorry, I just can do it. I will review this from a Chan Fan point of view. Jackie is funny as always doing some amazing kicks but not as many as usual (maybe he's getting a bit old for it?). Hewitt is having a good time playing Del Blaine, you really can tell. Some scenes with Chan and Hewitt are funny, some doesn't work at all. James Brown is playing a small but hilarious cameo. The main problem with Jackie Chans "American" movies is that it doesn't have the charms of the chinese ones. Hollywood just doesn't want to spend the time, love, effort in the fight sequences as the do in Hong Kong. That's why I like the fact that Jackie switches between these two markets. But the Tuxedo has some great but short action sequences though. Director Kevin Donovan, known for his flashy commercials, has made a nice fast and slick James Bond spoof ("My name is Tong, ...James Tong").
Picture and DTS track of this disc are perfect. The extra's are bit disappointing, a standard HBO feature and some trailers. BUT, the extra outtakes are a blast and for me worth the price to purchase this DVD.
Written by Reggy 27/02/03
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