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In Jackie Chan's first American movie, Chan and Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing, Moonstruck) are cops who don't play by the rules. They're sent to Hong Kong to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a wealthy New York scumbag who's mixed up with an insidious heroin kingpin; to investigate, they go to a massage parlor, where the women try to kill them in the middle of providing sexual favors. It's not surprising that the gunplay is mundane, but even Chan's fight sequences are banal and unsurprising. The only entertainment value comes from absurdities, like a band of carjackers dressed like Adam and the Ants, or a sequence where it's revealed that the smuggled heroin is stashed inside of melons--and the stashing process is, inexplicably, performed by naked women. Jackie also swears; apparently the director thought he was making a Dirty Harry movie. An embarrassment. --Bret Fetzer
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The Protector(1985) works as a James Glickenhaus movie, but not a Jackie Chan movie. Glickenhaus tries to emulate every cliche that we've seen in Clint Eastwood movies. Danny Aiello is quite good as Wong's partner Danny Garoni. In The Protector,
a rich girl is kidnapped by armed gunmen. This scene was rehashed by Chan in Armour of God(1986). The shoot-em-up scenes, stunts, and explosions are decent, but Chan's style of fight scenes are watered down. The only scene where Chan gets to show off his comedy is in a cold swimming pool! Ken Thorne(Help!, Superman II) wrote a decent music score for The Protector.
The Protector was a misfire and it's something patient, hard core movie buffs should see.
I gotta get one thing off my chest: why the HELL do people hate on this movie?! It's enjoyable for the most part! Oh boo-hoo, it doesn't have Jackie being comical or quirky during the fight scenes or there's gratuitous nudity or "too much" violence. People, it's a JAMES GLICKENHAUS movie! Ever see "The Exterminator" or "The Soldier"; yeah, I didn't think so. After all, isn't an actor just a tool to help bring the director's vision to life? Personally, I find it insulting that Chan had the audacity to step on the production and just arrogantly make his own cut.
Anyway, although this movie is hampered a bit by the generic plot, it is brought out in front more-so than its fellow 80's counterparts thanks to some quirks here and there, namely a number of Glickenhaus trademarks. This includes, but is not limited to: a rich plot; Glickenhaus' screenplays may not be perfect, but I'll be damned if the characters usually aren't well-crafted, particularly the protagonists(look for 1988's "Shakedown" for Glickenhaus' best writing); slow-motion violence, particularly shootouts, and while this isn't his goriest movie (that honor goes either to the grisly "The Exterminator" or the ulraviolent "The Soldier"), it does have its moments; and lastly, carefully-planned, highly elaborate action scenes. Glickenhaus always had a flair from above-average action, and here is no exception; notable moments include a lengthy foot/boat chase in the opening, ending with a great explosion, and the perilous and immense crane fight at the climax.
Fans of 80's action and casual Chan aficionados will probably enjoy this; die-hard Chan fanboys need not apply.
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