The Foreigner is directed by Martin Campbell and stars the action movie legend Jackie Chan and ex Jamed Bond Pierce Bronsan. It is based on the novel by Stephen Leather, and was initially called The Chinaman. It is an action thriller about a businessman, whose life is upended when his daughter is murdered in a crime that could be politically motivated and which fuels his revenge against the people who did this to his family. For an action thriller, the movie is very timely in its political message and doesn’t shy away from the realities of the world, where some people are judged for their races and skin color. Its also exciting to see Chan dig is teeth in a dramatic, tortured individual and he really delivers a nuanced and beautiful performance of someone who has lost everything in his life and has nothing to lose.
The action is fast paced and directed stylishly by Campbell, and the movie isn’t solely focused on Chan and even Bronson gets to show his acting chops. The movie is shot in blues and greys, matching the mood of its protagonist and the score also contributes in the heartpunding propulsion of the movie.
Not a senseless kill ride, the movie has a lot in its mind, from grief to political issues and cannot be missed.