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CZ 12 (The Chinese Zodiac)  : Chinese Dabbang
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Friday, January 4, 2013
Action
Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan, Kwon Sang-woo, Liao Fan, Yao Xing Tong, Zhang LanXin, Laura Weissbecker
Brand Jackie Chan is all about acrobatics, improvised weapons and innovative stunts. You get all of this instead of a riveting story.

 
The plot: 12 ancient bronze heads of the Chinese zodiac are to be retrieved and JC (Jackie Chan) is the man marked for the mission. With team members Simon (Kwon Sang-woo), David (Liao Fan) and Bonnie (Zhang LanXin), he sets off to find the complete set of 12. En route they meet Coco (Yao Xing Tong), who can provide them with more information on the relics, and Katherine (Laura Weissbecker), whose great grandfather was an important part of Chinese history.

The motley crowd travelling together discovers more than just the required set of 12.

The good: It’s as limited as the use of the English language in the film. Jackie Chan lives up to expectations with action sequences, new technologies and fights which break out at regular intervals. The opening sequence of the film is slick, providing the film with a much-needed kick start.

The bad: Jackie Chan has produced, directed, written as well as acted in the film. Although it has earned him a place in the Guinness World Records, this multi-tasking has led to what can be best described as a confusing muddle with little logic and hardly a plot.

The biggest drawback of the film lies in its language. The actors fluently converse in what can be assumed to be Chinese, with English used in bits and parts. There are no subtitles running either, leaving the viewer to rely on just the video to figure out what’s going on.

Jackie Chan looks old and rugged, which is clearly not the look required for the film. The narrative, far from gripping, is confusing. Humour, if any was intended, fails to come across.

At 123 minutes, the film feels too long.

The work done by the technical department is strictly average, with neither thecinematography nor the editing or the sound standing out.

Overall: If you are a Jackie Chan loyalist who must see anything that stars him, go ahead. Otherwise, it’s simply not worth your time.

– Nikita Periwal


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