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Cast: Jackie Chan, Liu Ye, Jing Tian, Guli Nazha, Zhou Xiao Ou
Police Captain Zhong Wen (Jackie Chan) knows all about sacrifice. He’s always been too busy chasing bad guys to be a father to his daughter Miao (Jing Tian).
Tonight, he’s seeing her for the first time in years – and meeting her fiance, club owner Wu Jiang (Liu Ye). But Wu knows Zhong. And his plans for the evening include taking Miao, Zhong, and the entire club hostage.
Zhong knows about sacrifice. What will he give up to save his daughter?
Jackie Chan is back in "Police Story: Lockdown." The above synopsis pretty much covers what you need to know because if I go into more details here I might ruin the film's secrets which it works so hard to keep until the very end. I can talk about the way the story is told though. The film uses flashbacks in different parts, for example as Zhong attempts to guess where he and Wu met in order to figure out what his motives are he thinks back about different cases. And at the end when all is revealed the numerous characters that were on the scene tell their version of the story as well. This was a somewhat clever way of telling the story but I think a lot of people might become a bit bored and even frustrated as well while they wait to find out what is going on.
But the film does have some good moments, for starters Jackie Chan gives an excellent dramatic performance in the film which is a plus because his action scenes are limited here and the rest of the cast all gave good performances as well. Another good thing about the film was the fight scenes. Both hand to hand and gun play. They were all well choreographed and exciting.
So did I like the film? I thought it was a little above average, it certainly doesn't match up against many of Jackie's other films including his first Police Story film but in all honesty I was not expecting it to. The film was nothing special but if you have the Patience you will get a bit rewarded in the end. For most of the film there is a lot of talking going on as the audience tries to figure out what Wu's motives are and why is this all happening. So yes I liked the film mainly because of Jackie Chan other wise it could have been a lot better.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD with Special Features that include:
Behind The Scenes
Released by Well Go USA
** 3/4 Out Of *****