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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.
Action Thriller - This is not a typical Jackie Chan action vehicle, for the tone is
very serious, and there is no lightness and comedy in his performance
or the film in general. As such, the film skews to an older audience
than most of his work. Pierce Brosnan has a substantial co-starring
role. Language and violence make the film not for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good ...it's well-made, nicely paced and accomplishes what we expect from this sort of film. The violence (of which there is a fair amount) seems organic rather than gratuitous and parts of the story are accompanied by a surge of genuine emotion.
Roger EbertFull Review Poor ...overlong expository dialogue, monotonous and all-too-brief action scenes, and a hero who can never be found when you need him—and replace Jason Bourne with Jackie Chan playing an unflattering Charles Bronson-type character and you have "The Foreigner."
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average Even overlooking its account of an inexplicable political resurgence, it falters in its needlessly convoluted plotting. By relegating its titular hero to a supporting role, the film neither gives Quan's tragic circumstances any defining shape nor does it effectively thread together its two storylines in any meaningful way.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 95 moviegoers:
TEENS: Good reviews from both the males and females. One male loved it and two enjoyed it very much. Of the 7 females, 3 loved "The Foreigner," 2 enjoyed it very much and two felt it was an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Three of the 4 males loved it with one rating it "average." No female reviews.
ADULTS: GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females! These are certainly better reviews than what the critics rated this movie. Well over half LOVED "THE FOREIGNER," with nearly all the rest, indicating that it was a movie they enjoyed very much.