Review: Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996)

1 view
Skip to first unread message

Steve Kong

Jul 28, 1997, 3:00:00 AM7/28/97

A film review by Steve Kong
Copyright 1997 Steve Kong

It's hard to review a Jackie Chan movie, for the sheer reason that if
you've written one, you've written one for all of his films. First Strike
is no different. Jackie Chan movies are not to be seen for an intricate
story or immense character development. Rather they are seen for the
incredible action and the death-defying stunt work.

The story in First Strike that is use to string along the action scenes
goes like this: A double agent has stolen a nuclear warhead in which he is
to delivery to some Russian Mafia guys in Australia. The action takes
place in the Ukraine (Canada substituting) and Australia.

The stunts in First Strike are most impressive. They include Jackie
fighting with all sorts of different objects (ladders, tables, toxic fish).
They also include Jackie fighting in all different locations, snowfields,
underwater with large sharks, and hanging onto the edge of a building. And
the most impressive of them all is the one in which Jackie flies off a
cliff and grabs onto a flying helicopter. My most favorite scene is the
one where Jackie takes on a half of a dozen men with sticks. He does this
with the creative use of tables, chairs, brooms, and a ladder!

The humor is laid on thick in First Strike, and many times I found myself
laughing out loud at the silliness on screen.
First Strike seems to be the most American of all the Jackie films
re-released in the US so far. The dubbing is pretty good and the new music
sounds suspiciously like the music from Rumble in the Bronx (both scores
are done by J. Peter Robinson).

When you see First Strike don't expect anything but pure action and humor.
And if you can do this, you'll enjoy First Strike. But, expectations or
not, First Strike is yet another Jackie Chan movie that you should see.

steve kong
spy on me at:
movie reviews:

Reply all
Reply to author
0 new messages