The Foreigner

The Foreigner

DVD - 2018
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A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat and mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.
Publisher: [Universal City, California] : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGNER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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AL_KIRSTEN Nov 10, 2017

Action, politics, and vengeance. Jackie Chan brings an authenticity to his role that may surprise some people. At times I was rooting for him, but during most of the film it was hard to tell who the real villains were. AL_RACHEL

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AL_RACHEL Oct 25, 2017

Action, politics, and vengeance. Jackie Chan brings an authenticity to his role that may surprise some people. At times I was rooting for him, but during most of the film it was hard to tell who the real villains were.


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fledge
Apr 13, 2018

If there’s action in a movie, Jackie Chan can likely pull it off, despite being 64 years old. Though there’s not a great deal of action, what’s there isn’t chop-socky, but it is very violent, though it doesn’t overpower the story. All told, it’s a revenge story, with sufficient motivation for the main actors to lift this film from others of its genre, to something approaching believability. Jackie Chan can truly act. Pierce Brosnan is good.
Recommended for action-movie lovers.

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anonymouswe
Apr 08, 2018

I enjoyed this movie. Jackie Chan's English has improved immensely, which makes a difference. His acting is only marginally better. The story is brutal: [SPOILER ALERT] Chan's character hunts down terrorists and isn't bashful about getting his vengeance. I was not familiar with possible current strife with Ireland, but they did a great job of making the history of IRA, UVT, etc. real and relatable for how it might have undercurrents in politics today between Ireland and England. Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan were solid as leads. This is pretty much someone else's twist on Taken, with Jackie Chan serving in the Liam Neeson role. If you're choosing between Taken and this movie, I would watch Taken first, I think it was better.

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mikeedm
Apr 08, 2018

Great movie, highly recommend. Pierce Brosnan really excels in his role as an IRA leader.

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MovieLover_47
Apr 05, 2018

I expected just another action movie, the kind with lots of action and little or no plot. This film rises far above the genre. More plot than action. It is well paced and doesn't let up. Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan both give creditable performances.

Definitely not a waste of time.

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LauraSteinert
Apr 02, 2018

An homage to just about every action movie ever made. IF you missed all the Taken movies, all the martial arts movies from late 60s on, and all the IRA movies since the 70s, you might find it interesting. There were a couple of good action sequences, but Jackie Chan was wooden and unappealing. the gratuitous sex scene sort of ruined the last half of the movie as any idiot could see what was going to happen after that.

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capitalcity
Mar 26, 2018

The Foreigner (movie) is a nothing burger, a very low caliber action flick of the type that VVS Films is noted for producing. If you're literate, with a modicum of historical geopolitical knowledge, read the book (initially released under the title The Chinaman). The ex-Viet Cong jungle guerilla taking on IRA thugs is given a three dimensional, complex characterization by Stephen Leather in his novel. The reader wins hands down over the viewer in this case.

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franna
Mar 15, 2018

Fun movie! I actually like Jackie Chan as a more serious actor than the earlier stuff with him mixing it with comedy. I just love a good vigilante movie!

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greatflicks
Mar 09, 2018

One of Chins better movies, most are a bit silly for me. He is not much of an actor, but he did a lot better this time. In this movie he did not run around like a chicken with his head cut off.

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samjenks
Mar 06, 2018

I love Jackie Chen in this movie. Great movie to watch but not so much when you think of the revenge aspect of it.

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22METZ
Mar 05, 2018

Great movie

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jimg2000
Feb 15, 2018

IRA politics and terrorism are different ends of the same snake. Whichever end you grab, you still grab a snake.
-It makes a great deal of difference which end you grab, because one end will bite.
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How long have you been in this country, Mr. Quan?
-Since 1984. I'm a British citizen.
You were born in Guangxi, China.
-Yes. I'm Chinese Nung. I work in Saigon after the war. We escaped to Singapore. Then we immigrate here.

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There's a lot of support for their actions amongst the younger ranks.
-Hotheads. Hotheads who don't remember, or know any better.
You were once one of those hotheads, Liam.
-Aye. Long ago, when it was the only way. And what did it give us? More graves than I care to remember.

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jimg2000
Feb 15, 2018

She said he was a Chinaman?
-Affirmative. About 60 years old.
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One ol' man running circles around the lot of us. Why is it so hard?
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I remember a time when you would've dealt with this, properly, and other things, too. But those days are gone.
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I've half the city looking for him. When he surfaces in Belfast, we'll find him.
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Christ Almighty, are you dumb and blind? An old man making fools out of the lot of you, and he's still running around out there, for God's sake. You are four men. Four.

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red_snipe_69
Jan 12, 2018

red_snipe_69 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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