The Medallion Reviews
After a near-fatal accident Eddie is suddenly transformed into a 'Highbinder'--an immortal warrior with superhuman powers and must go face to face with the menacing Snakehead who desperately wants the medallion back. Jackie is fun to watch as is Christy Chung (Lee's wife) who has a hidden armory in the broom cupboard ~although there is no given explanation for that~ lol. Eerily reminiscent of Eddie Murphy's "The Golden Child." But I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys Jackie Chan movies!
Lee Evans is a funny guy, and he's also funny in The Medallion, but I think he's the wrong person to pair with Jackie. The action was also a bit underwhelming. Not without it's moments, but still disappointing.
The action is the least of the problems with The Medallion though. Somehow they needed 5 writers to come up with this story that has the least amount of character development and story arc of any Jackie movie, and that's really saying something. Then there's the wrongheaded casting of Lee Evans as comic relief, performing exaggerated physical shtick analogus to his crippled bookworm character in There's Something About Mary. If you think that sounds like a bad idea, you'd be right. And the soundtrack is godawful! You'll find new appreciation for Avril Lavigne with the lone worthy song "Mobile" during the closing credits when compared to the cacophony that came before.
At least Claire Forlani, Julian Sands, John Rhys-Davies, and Christy Chung gamely add flavor to their hopelessly emptily-written characters. To put in perspective, even the Rush Hour sequels are preferable, this one's only for the Jackie diehards.