Two Guys to Cheer For!
W. Gantt | Birmingham, Alabama United States | 12/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In a third cinematic clash, after "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars"
and "City Hunter," Jackie Chan and Richard Norton turn up the heat for "Mr. Nice Guy," an unusually edgy Chan vehicle that does
not abandon the star's signature for comedic movie action. As in
their previous efforts, Norton plays the nemesis, a Melbourne drug lord (Giancarlo) who must retrieve an incriminating videotape from a naive television chef (Jackie). Norton's performance is a tour-de-force triumph, making the eccentric
Giancarlo one of the most memorable villains from all of Chan's
films. Chan's elusive scramble through the streets of Melbourne,
colorfully utilized by director Samo Hung, reminds the audience
of his ability to mesmerize with stunts staged in familiar locations: a construction site, a mall interior, an abandoned
building. Who needs computerized effects when you've got Jackie
Chan and a ready prop? Giancarlo's lurking henchmen provide the
movie's Keystone Cops, and Hung contributes a funny stunt off the
unlikely seat of a bicycle. "Nice Guy" is flawless fun, prompting
a wish for another Chan-Norton pairing that will put them on the
same side of the law. These two guys are action stars to applaud
for consistently excellent film entertainment!"