Film: Police Story
Cast: Jackie Chan
Director: Benny Chan
Jackie Chan is one constant which time will find hard to deceive. The aging-action star continues to hold his core constituency. His films seldom appeal to the mind, but his limitless energy draws you every time he takes stage.
Here he is at it again – sliding down the skyscrapers holding burning ropes and of course his trademark karate kicks and lightening quick fist fights.
He does it all with the ease of a master for whom age is just a silly number. When he is around you never doubt the legitimacy of a stunt, howsoever improbable it might appear.
Playing a police officer all over again in the fifth instalment of the Police Story series, this time he has an interesting fight at hand. He is up against a group of rich, rebellious youth.
For them every heist is a game and police is an unwanted obstacle. In fact for every police man a group member kills, the individual wins points which could be cashed!
Chan commits the mistake of taking the spoilt kids as easy opposition and loses some of his trusted lieutenants when he enters their hideout.
Chan bounces back with the support of Nicholas Tse, who has his own axe to grind with the teen gang, and after some well-conceived action sequences manages to nail the young opponents down.
Director Benny Chan keeps us on the edge even when we are aware about the ultimate outcome.
It starts as a typical cat and mouse game but when the enemy is shrewd and always on the ball, you do want to see its elimination.
There is clever use of kid stuff in the fight sequences. The story behind the defiant nature of the youth is sketchy but gives a perspective to the action bonanza.
Go for it, it is rippling with energy.