“Skiptrace” wants to be an international “Midnight Run” in the worst way. Well, it does that. If you imagined a Cannon Films take on said 80s cult classic using actors within their target audience’s range. Johnny Knoxville plays a scumbag gambler that might have evidence regarding the death of Hong Kong detective Jackie Chan’s partner. Knoxville agrees to help Chan, but that starts an international journey where the two have to fight to stay alive. The film grossed over $100 million in China, but failed to produce elsewhere.
If you’re looking for high flying action or killer stunts, then you forget how old Jackie Chan is now. We still get killer fight choreography, but more actors get to share in the physical grind. Knoxville steals a few scenes with jokes, but the material is on par with his Barry Sonnenfeld outings in the early 00s. It’s nice to see Chan stretch and do something that doesn’t pass for Communist propaganda. If you’re wondering what I mean by that, check out some of his Chinese movies of the last decade.
When the dude plays at home, Chan can get wacky fast. Pick this one up for a rental.
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 10/25/16
The Plot Thus Far
A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.