Chan's action fails to thrill

Chan's action fails to thrill

Jackie Chan's CZ12 is set up as a sequel to his 1991 action comedy Armour of God II: Operation Condor. This time, Chan plays master thief JC, who is hired by an auction house to retrieve the six bronze animal heads lost during the second opium war.

JC starts off in Paris, where he meets Chinese student Coco (Yao Xingtong), an activist fighting for the return of the cultural treasures to China, and Katherine (Laura Weissbecker), who has one of the statues. Together, they head off to the South Pacific in search of the remaining heads.

As the writer, director, producer and star of the film, Jackie Chan has a lot to juggle in CZ12 - and also a lot to drop.

The pre-credit sequence featuring Chan in a rollerblade suit is a major highlight. But that's pretty much it. The plot fails miserably and the treasure hunt is nothing more than a farce. There are a few shining moments when the 58-year-old returns to his signature stunts and pulls off some impressive action sequences, but they all look like a rehash of his previous films.

CZ12 is Chan's 101st film - and possibly his last as an action star. Maybe that's not a bad thing.

YP Rating: 2/5

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