Mr. Nice Guy (1998)

MR. NICE GUY is the new film from Jackie Chan-- you know, the che-
ery Asian action hero who does his own stunts and then proves that 
fact in the closing credits, when an outtake reel is customarily 
run?  Here, while battling bad guys in Australia, Chan leaps off 
bridges, hangs from moving carriages, straddles powered-on power 
saws, and, in the movie's most breathtaking moment, walks backwards 
on all fours, mere inches from the rolling wheels of a giant dump 
truck.  Per usual, the stunts and meticulously choreographed fight 
scenes take precedence over plot.  (Chan and Company are pursued by 
drug dealers, who were caught on videotape and didn't like it.)  
Though the dubbing is less wacky than usual, the acting, particu-
larly on the supporting front, is still laughably bad.  So, at 
least you'll get a few chuckles between stunts.  The only *real* 
caveat is director Samo Hung's incessant overuse of slow-motion.  
One way or another, he manages to sap momentum in nearly every sin-
gle (action) scene.  Sigh.  (Rated "PG-13"/87 min.)

Grade: C-

Copyright 1998 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: March 22, 1998

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