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The Medallion

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5.21 h 28 min2003PG
Combining the martial arts prowess of international action superstar Jackie Chan with state-of-the-art special effects, THE MEDALLION is an action-comedy co-starring Lee Evans, Claire Forlani, and Julian Sands. Chan stars as Eddie, an indomitable Hong Kong cop who, after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. Eddie enli..
Directors
Gordon Chan
Starring
Jackie ChanLee EvansClaire Forlani
Genres
ComedyAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Julian SandsJohn Rhys-DaviesChristy Chung
Producers
Alfred CheungAlfred Chaung
Studio
TriStar Pictures
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4.4 out of 5 stars

295 global ratings

  1. 68% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Trevor WillsmerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2009
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not Jackie Chan's worst - but still a long way from being good
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The Medallion aka Highbinders has the distinction of not being quite as bad as many of Jackie Chan's recent disastrous films, but it's not even close to being good either. A big-budget high concept misfire, there's not much visible bang for its buck or even much concept after the studio rejected director Gordon Chan's rough cut and replaced him with Doug Aarniokoski for extensive reshoots: even the deleted scenes on the DVD offer different backstories for the same character in the hope that if they shot long enough they'd find something that would work. The finished film itself suffers from similar schizophrenic moments, with the relationship between its unlikely cop pairing of Jackie Chan and, er, Lee Evans suddenly having a completely new history as soon as the location moves from Hong Kong to tax break filmmaking friendly Dublin.

The premise isn't terribly imaginative to begin with: Chan's Hong Kong cop and Evans' Interpol agent are trying to catch vaguely defined villain Julian Sands and rescue a Golden Child he's kidnapped to harness the power of a medallion that can bestow super powers and immortality. Eventually Chan gets killed only to come back with vaguely defined superpowers - largely relating to bad wire work and poor special effects - and yada yada yada, you've heard it all before. With the plot reduced to its barest elements and the relationship between the two stars a non-starter, all that's left to hold the fort are Sammo Hung's action scenes, but even these are so lazily staged with such a plethora of unconvincing wire work it's no great surprise to find most of them relegated to the deleted scenes bin.

Unfortunately the end result is the kind of film that'll make you look back on even Eddie Murphy's career-stalling The Golden Child as surely not being as weak as this. It's full of gaping plotholes (just why does Evan's screen wife Christy Chung have a hidden armoury in the broom cupboard? Why does Chan's resurrection barely cause a raised eyebrow?), Chan seems to have given up on the film fairly early on and is just going through the motions, a dubbed Anthony Wong is wasted in a throwaway supporting role and matters aren't helped any by Adrian Lee's disgracefully bad nudge-nudge wink-wink score Mickey Mousing every failed joke. But the film's real coup de grace is the catastrophic miscasting of Lee Evans, who veers from the odd vaguely competent moment to the more frequently pitifully abysmal (and that's with his worst scene disguised as a Clouseau-esque Russian captain taken out of the film). There's one okay chase scene in Dublin, though nothing to compare to Chan's earlier triumphs, and a couple of the jokes don't fall completely flat, but the overall impression is of a film that feels like an utterly anonymous failed TV pilot. For a kid's show. And yet it's still less painful to watch than The Tuxedo or Around the World in 80 Days. But don't mistake that for a recommendation...

Sony's DVD has a decent 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, audio commentary by one of the producers and editor and 14 deleted scenes and alternate ending, though apparently there are a lot more where they came from that don't make it to the disc.
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Walter YeoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mystical artefact sort by criminals
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This 2008 Jackie Chan film is about the attempts for a criminal organisation to obtain the Medallion (based on Buddhist concepts) in which Jackie Chan plays a Hong kong detective Eddie Yang who has to protect a young child who is a mystical re-incarnation and a guardian of the medallion from Snakehead as the action moves around the world from Hong Kong to Thailand and then Eire. He is both aided held back by agents Nicole (Claire Forlani) and Watson (Lee Evans) who holds a grudge against Yang as well as being a bit of a bumbler (which provides the comic relief in the film) as the film reaches its denouncement.
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Happy ShopperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quality and value.
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I just love love love this movie, excellent, quality, good clean, no bad language,comedy, it holds your attention, and fast delivery, couldn't ask for more, it's a welcome addition to my collection.Great value.
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N. P. ByfordReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jackie Chan at his best
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Who would have thought that British comedian, Lee Evans would have teamed up with the legendary Jackie Chan?

This is exactly what happens in this brilliant film about a cop who tries to save a young kidnapped boy. In the process, Jackie suffers a fatal accident, only to be saved by the boy and a strange medallion that not only brings him back to life, but makes him immortal with superhuman powers.

Evans plays an Interpol detective teamed up with Jackie in an attempt to stop the medallion from falling into the hands of the baddie, save the boy and his own family in this highly enjoyable romp.
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RLimerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun film
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Not Jackie chans best but still a fun and good film, lee Evans is hilarious as always
carolthescotReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my fav Jackie Chan films.
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One of my fav Jackie Chan films.i-I's action all the way as well as a bit of comedy mixed in too
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Invisible ManReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
That I Know That I Can Get My Money Back Like I Have Resently.
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Good Film I Like Watching Jackie Chan In And Lee Evans Is Quite Funny In It.
TunaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good easy watching
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Enjoyable film typical Jackie Chan humour
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