How did it take this long for a Jackie Chan movie to wind up on our site?
Here, he plays Tang, CEO of the covert security company Vanguard, who must protect an accountant and his family are targeted by the world’s deadliest mercenary organization.
I kind of dug how this movie flies all over the world — London, Zambia, India, an Arabian desert, Dubai — and feels like Jackie leading a G.I. Joe-like team. That said, he still appears in several great stunts sequences without stealing the spotlight too much.
This is the sixth movie Chang has made with Stanley Tong, including Rumble in the Bronx, Police Story 3: Super Cop, Police Story 4: First Strike, The Myth and Kung Fu Yoga.
Chan almost drowned during the jet ski sequence, as a rock had him underwater. When he finally surfaced, Tong — who often would do any stunt he asked of an actor before they did it — burst into tears.
This isn’t a perfect Jackie movie — go for Project A, Drunken Master and Armor of God if you want that — but even a lower-tier Jackie Chan movie is better than nearly anything else you’ll see this year.
Vanguard is available on demand, on DVD and on blu ray from LionsGate, who were kind enough to send us a review copy.