Monday, February 20, 2006
Starring: Jackie Chan, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Kim Hee Seon, Choi Min Soo, Mallika Sherawat
Director: Stanley Tong
I have been an avid Jackie Chan fan from my childhood days….his stunts, antics and even his flawed English had enough charm to win my heart…Right from Canon ball to Shanghai Noon, Jackie Chan has been entertaining audiences all around the world for more than three decades….
And it was with a mind full of anticipation and heart full of excitement that I went to watch his latest flick, THE MYTH directed by Stanley Tong(remember Police story and Rumble in the Bronx??).
Jackie Chan plays Jack, an archeologist who while trying to help his scientist friend, stumbles upon a sword which links him to his past, the past which has been visiting him through recurring dreams about a beautiful princess played by Kim Hee Seon, who to be frank, looks extremely beautiful in the movie.
Looks like a promising plot?
Well that’s all it has. The film lacks continuity and the screenplay is weak. The story lacks strength and the audience leaves the theatre thinking what happened to Jackie Chan.
All of Chan’s trademark items are either missing or poorly presented in the movie…It seems Stanley Tong couldn’t decide himself whether to make it an action, romantic or a humor flick…there are a few comic scenes, which does n ’t gel with the introspective character played Chan. The Romance between Chan & Kim is one thing that has been beautifully portrayed and it stands out in the whole movie.
Mallika Sherawat plays a ridiculously dressed Indian dancer who helps Chan in his India adventure where he finds his sword. She plays the daughter of a ‘Yoga and Martial arts Master’ and wears designer sarees,sleeveless blouses and has once again proved that she has no connection to acting other than baring her skin in front of the camera.
All other actors have put up decent jobs and Chan has done full justice to his role .The Film was well marketed and was premiered at many Film festivals around the world. Mallika Sherawat was seen at Cannes grabbing more attention than Aiswariya Rai.Jackie Chan himself set out promote the movie
But I guess all this doesn’t make THE MYTH a myth to be retold….