‘The Medallion’ (2003) (5/10)

There are plenty of great Jackie Chan movies, but 2003’s The Medallion certainly isn’t one of them. It’s a (somewhat) family-friendly fantasy/action movie about a Hong Kong detective dying and coming back to life, having been given superhuman powers thanks to the titular medallion. From a writing standpoint, it feels a little broken, given it takes more than half the movie for this to happen. The second half is predictable and formulaic in ways you’d expect, and the (admittedly slightly better) first half just feels like a randomly generated string of mindless action sequences. There might be some entertainment value here for Jackie Chan fans, but the screenplay is undeniably messy and not particularly well thought-out.

Written by Abu Bakar

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