How would you feel if your only family got blown to bits in a terrorist attack? Grief probably doesn’t quite cover it. But grief can quickly turn to rage for anyone who needs answers to the senseless taking of innocent lives.
When his teenage daughter was killed in a department store bombing, Chinese restaurant owner Ngoc Minh Quan (played by Jackie Chan) tries to hunt down the people in the IRA responsible for it. His search for answers leads him to Deputy Minister Liam Hennessey (Pierce Brosnan), after hearing him speak about his prior involvement with the group. Although he denies any ties with the incident that killed Quan’s daughter, Hennessey was the one to have ordered the bombing.
In his relentless quest to flush out the truth, Quan resorts to his old skill as a former Special Forces operator: bomb making. He pulls a few explosive threats of his own and succeeds in uncovering various layers of betrayal that eventually bring the double-dealing politician to his knees.
Directed by Martin Campbell, the $35 million action thriller is good entertainment for two hours, albeit with a fairly predictable plot. What is interesting is the casting. Jackie Chan trades his funnyman chops to play a serious character for once. Pierce Brosnan crosses over to the bad side but is still as smooth as the characters he’s best remembered for.