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When I just finished watching advance screening couple days ago, I wasn't fully satisfied at first. Because I don't use to the accent nor knew well about the history. For the film, it did not introduce much about historical background, or personal background. But after I read some history of Ireland and the British, I have to say now everything makes sense. However, the depth of the story above the general understanding of most of audience. And the film seems to default to the audience to know the background. As an action and thrill movie, that might be hard to persuade audience to buy popcorn for it. It was released about two weeks earlier in China than North America. Douban score is about equal to the IMDb score. As a fan of Jackie Chan and 007, in my viewpoint, most of us give high scores to excellent performances for the actors. Obviously, audiences who doesn't rank it high say that they didn't seem to get the point too much. Similar situation as Ang Lee's Lust, Caution releasing in North America, the audience asks WHY! and WHAT! Personally speaking, not just history, but also something like science and high technology, niche hobbies need film makers to tell customer why it is interesting. Every region or person has stories that worth to tell, but without scenario analysis, people just see it like general.
Que(Jackie Chan), as a Chinese immigrant, stable life in western countries is not easy to achieve for him. If terrorist attack made he lost the only and most important focus of life, his spiritual world would collapse. As Buddhist attitude, all the toil of a life is in vain. Therefore, all the crazy and strange ways of revenge would choose by him. Yas, he has no other way to go.
Jackie Chan's acting is his realism. He usually does not take the realistic style that much and this refreshing is linked for many years out. Do you remember how Jackie Chan acts in his previous films? He falls down, he makes fun with enemies and throw little items as weapons. But trust me you will feel "hurt in your body" this time. Every awkward moving, heavenly falling down make you couldn't recognize this Jackie Chan but a Dad. Maybe his art film there will be surprises too.
Another main character, Liam, Irish Politician, Pierce Bronan, 007 , I saw half way and felt he was so bad luck. Smart and decisive, and also in the executive. "All the toil of a life is in vain" is also for him. He doesn't want to see innocent families are killed by boobs. He doesn't able to not obey to the government. He doesn't like his mistress is a spy. He doesn't feel happy that his wife two times on him with his nephew so unhappy! These are showing up step by step by a foreigner's trouble, from the beginning to the end. So don't think you are smart as God!
The nephew, Sean, Rory Fleck Byrne, is a typical hot soldier. Our industry people all LOL when it shows him making out with his aunt. I also shouted in silence my heart, Come On Do it!!! The wife, aunt, Mary, Orla Brady is a more than wise woman, betraying her husband engage in terrorist attacks and make her looks 100% innocent. Treat to the nephew is clearly not the first time. I boldly think, when 007 starts with pretty mistress, in the same time Mary dates Sean. The arrangement of UDI is really not leaky.
There is also a question that why the terrorists kill people to chase independence? It can be said that the lives of innocent people could give the government huge pressure of public opinion. For example, a single woman waiting in the subway station is sexually harassed by a bad man. And the security police are steps away. Single women will ask the police for help. And if the police ignore it, passengers will be immediately by the police and judge as angered. As a result, the police lost tracking of another bad guy.
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