The Myth (Review)

Jackie is actually two Jackies. A General in ancient China charged with the protection of the soon-to-be princess, and his own descendant, an archaeologist named Jack.

Jack’s research leads him on a search for the lost princess from 1,000 years earlier. He is aided by dreams and messages from his ancestor General Moong Yi.

There are a couple of inventive fights early on in the piece, but the constant era criss-crossing, a confusing story and the inclusion of too many characters only highlights the fact that Jackie is slowing down here (he is 50 after all!).

All the wire-work and dodgy CGI can’t hide that, especially in the pointless ending sequence.

1/ Are there any “WOW!” fights?

One good but brief sword fight. All hand to hand stuff is inventive but obviously wire-assisted.

2/ Are there any “WOW!” stunts?

Nope, anything that would ordinarily be impressive is let down by the obvious wire-work.

3/ Which Jackie is it? Serious / Whimsical / Cocky etc…

Serious & Romantic. (But corny romantic.)

4/ Does he get to use Jackie-exclusive toys?

Yep, modern day Jack has a deluxe batchin’ pad with an indoor basketball court and personal driving range. (Not bad on an archaeologist’s wage.)

5/ Do stolen relics come up?

Yes.

6/ Are there hot chicks (that usually can’t act)?

Major Yep. Mellika Sherawat (smokin’ hot) & the Princess is OK.

7/ Is there a blooper reel over the credits?

Yes, but tellingly the bloopers are all related to wire-work mishaps and faulty props.

8/ Were there injuries on the shoot? Severity?

Nope.

9/ Has he still got it?

Alas no, not even flashes of the old Jackie.

10/ Is it a “Jackie Chan” film, or just one he is in?

Nope. He proves he is still agile but is no longer explosive and capable of rockin’ the house.

Final Rating – 5.5 / 10. The Myth is CGI-assisted Jackie Chan lite, and even as a non-action film it is too confusing and the ending is disappointingly bland. (I repeat: Mellika Sherawat is hotttt.)

About OGR

While I try to throw a joke or two into proceedings when I can all of the opinions presented in my reviews are genuine. I don't expect that all will agree with my thoughts at all times nor would it be any fun if you did, so don't be shy in telling me where you think I went wrong... and hopefully if you think I got it right for once. Don't be shy, half the fun is in the conversation after the movie.
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