review by Bobby Blakey
I am a huge fan of Jackie Chan and will watch anything he does despite there being some pretty big missteps here and there. His latest flick Railroad Tigers teams him up once again with director Ding Sheng whom he worked with on Police Story: Lockdown and Little Big Story. Could this be yet another great collaboration or will it be derailed before it can complete its mission?
Railroad Tigers follows a railroad worker and his ragtag group of freedom fighters who find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits to complete an impossible mission. Going into this film I wasn’t sure what to expect. Seeing a few clips and the poster made me think that it was going to be one of those slower Chan films that focuses more on the period and drama with some action splashed in, but I was way off. This action comedy delivers everything you could want from a Jackie Chan movie from beginning to end. There aren’t a lot of extended fight sequences, but there are a few and all of them work. Instead there are a lot of shoot outs and big action pieces that entertain at every turn. The story itself works great offering up both an important war drama about revolution as well as the signature Chan comedic moments. Chan is as great as ever here and allows the rest of the cast to be just as important as his character with all of them bringing their own importance and fun to the film including his real life son Jaycee Chan.
I really loved this film and it took me back to the Jackie Chan of old with all the laughs, drama and action fans have come to love about his films. The ending action sequence that lasts a long time is excellently handled and intense until the very end. While you can see it coming, I was shocked that they went through with the ending they did as it adds the depth the actual story deserves as opposed to the happy twist of the feature film world. If you are fan of great action, laughs and the always amazing Jackie Chan then you have to check out Railroad Tigers.