This latest action film from Jackie Chan (actually the fourth in his Police
Story series) has one good action scene, but doesn't quite live up to
the standards of his earlier films. Jackie again reprises his role as the
heroic Hong Kong police officer, this time on special assignment for
the CIA (Why?...because it fits the plot.) Anyhow, a simple mission
to observe a woman on a flight to the Ukraine becomes more involved,
and Jackie gets caught in a scheme by the Russian mafia to recover
stolen nuclear warheads. As in most of Jackie's films, the plot is
secondary. This time, not surprisingly, it's feather-light and does not require the
use of many neurons. However, the essence of Jackie's films are his
super-choreographed fight scenes. Unfortunately, in First Strike,
there is only one knockout fight, and it is completely secondary to the
plot, seemingly thrown in as an afterthought. Rather, most of First
Strike involves Jackie partaking in the James Bondian role of
international secret agent. The result: a couple of interesting
action scenes, but we've come to expect more from Jackie. At least
this time out the dialogue and soundtrack is less distracting
than his previous two dubbed films (Rumble in the Bronx and Supercop).
For those wanting a Jackie Chan fix, First Strike will deliver,
but unfortunately, it's not as powerful as it could have been.
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