10 May 2018
Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in this surprisingly good thriller about a man who loses his only surviving daughter to an IRA bomb. The reason I say surprisingly good is that Brosnan is generally regarded as being past it and Chan is probably better known for comedy action films as well as being past his prime. But this film is far from a comedy in fact it is deadly serious. Chan play Quan a London Chinese restaurant owner whose daughter is in the wrong place at the wrong time when an IRA bomb goes off in the shop she is visiting. Determined to find out who killed his daughter Quan seeks out an Irish government official (Brosnan) with previous links to the IRA in an effort to get the names of the people responsible for planting the bomb. Unaware of what Quan can do with his military background the official and his family become terrorized by Quan as he seeks revenge for his daughter’s death, and the whole ordeal turns into a cat and mouse affair.
Great acting from the two main stars make this movie most enjoyable to watch and reminds us of the terror the IRA used to cause in their quest to free Northern Ireland from the British. The film and the story behind it is moving and you can’t help but root for Quan throughout the movie as he comes up against all sorts of unsavory characters. The DVD has no special features. The movie runs for 111 minutes and is rated PG16 for language, violence and sex. The Foreigner is now available through Empire Home Entertainment.
IFM Rating 6,5 out of 10