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The Foreigner

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United Kingdom, China, United States · 2017
Rated R · 1h 53m
Director Martin Campbell
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Ray Fearon
Genre Action, Thriller

Quan is a widowed restaurant owner in London with a buried past. His teenage daughter--the only person he has left--has been killed in an act of senseless political violence, and he wants revenge. When the government refuses to help, Quan must seek justice himself, no matter how dangerous it is.

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Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

Used to seeing Jackie Chan in comedies growing up, this film certainly opened my eyes to the range and potential he has in terms of acting. A heart-wrenching story of a father seeking justice for his daughter, this film depicts the dangerous outcome of what happens when you push someone too far. With the action sequences and thrilling plot progression, I was on the edge of my seat throughout!

What are critics saying?


Screen International by

When it comes to the action scenes, Campbell’s unfussy style works well with Chan’s choreography.


The Hollywood Reporter by Clarence Tsui

While Brosnan has quite a few opportunities to show his acting chops, Chan makes do with less.... In any case, it’s good to see Chan swapping his happy-go-lucky persona for two hours for some gravitas as a tragic rogue with a marked past.


Consequence of Sound by Clint Worthington

Despite the bait-and-switch of Chan’s limited presence in the film, The Foreigner is slightly better than it appears on paper. Chan and Brosnan offer believable, intense performances, and Campbell coaxes Chan’s style into an abrasive brutality with moments of occasional invention.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The two plot strands are ostensibly linked by an act of indiscriminate violence, but they’re so clumsily threaded together that it just calls attention to the stitch-work.


New York Daily News by Ethan Sacks

Now that’s a kick in the head: A Western filmmaker is taking Jackie Chan seriously. The Foreigner, however, takes him a little too seriously.


The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

Mr. Chan is in his early 60s, and he doesn’t deliver the action pizazz here that he used to. Nor, frankly, does he summon enough gravitas to be persuasive in the role of a grief-maddened father. For what it’s worth, Mr. Brosnan, as Quon’s nemesis, sells the angry-all-the-time requirement for his character.


Chicago Tribune by Katie Walsh

Despite its literary origins, the film feels a bit like a writer tossed a few darts at a board labeled with aging action stars and various terrorist groups and just decided to make it work.


Variety by Peter Debruge

The Foreigner amounts to an above-average but largely by-the-numbers action movie in which Chan does battle with generic thugs and shadowy political forces.

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