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It takes a film like THE MEDALLION to put in perspective why Jackie Chan is the object of cult adoration that he is. It is only Jackieís undeniable charm that carries this flick through its distinctly un-engrossing first part. It is only Jackieís undeniable charm that makes the second part so much fun.
The plot is typical of the ones mass-produced by the Jackie Chan movie factory. Itís really pretty silly, though in this case rarely annoying, and exists merely to give Jackie the chance to show off his macho stuff. That he does so with a wink and a nod is the cherry on top. In this case itís the eponymous medallion, the mystical powers that it possesses, and the wunderkind who sparks it to life. Oh, thereís a villain, of course, who wants to harness the mystical powers for his own nefarious ends.
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If only all of the above had happened in the first 15 minutes. Instead, we plod along for what seems like an eternity but is really more like an hour to get there. Until then, the story seems stretched to fill time. Scenes of Jackie talking on a phone in an outdoor bistro, or cutting a rug with old and future flame Claire Forlani seem like filler and not even interesting filler. Afterwards, though, watching Jackie cope with his new powers is killer, from the double take when a hop lands him three floors above where he started, to the sheepish apology when he rips a car door from its hinges. The pace picks up, too, with a more smoothly edited story. It helps throughout that Jackieís sidekick, Watson, is played by Lee Evans, who throws himself into the role of the pompous fool with a righteous ťlan and dead-on timing. Sands, on the other hand, brings his usual lugubrious menace to the role, an approach he perfected in the old WARLOCK franchise and hasnít modified one iota since. There is a staleness about it that undercuts any effectiveness it might still posses. The action sequences were choreographed by Sammo Hung and while such requisite moments as three-on-one bouts with Jackieís flying limbs taking out his opponents have a rapturous vigor, his final face-off in mid-air with Sands suffers from Sands' obvious lack of expertise, both with martial arts and wire work.
THE MEDALLION is a slight but serviceable vehicle for Jackie lovers. Others might want to wait for something of the caliber of