Directed by Gordon Chan, starring Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Julian Sands, Claire Forlani and John Rhys-Davies.
'The Medallion' certainly puts 'Shanghai Knights' in perspective. Although both star the legendary Jackie Chan, '...Knights' paired him with Owen Wilson who has a far better sense of comic timing than the execrable Lee Evans. And Claire Forlani as, erm, the romantic lead and high-kicking female sidekick can't hold a candle to Fann Wong, a Best Fight nominee at this year's MTV Movie Awards.
Wong may have lost out to Yoda, but at least she can console herself with the knowledge that she is able to fight - and act - Claire Forlani off the screen. Forlani (there's still no excuse for Evans) may be taking her lead from Chan who has never been noted for his thespian skills. His sheer physical skill and insistence on performing his own stunts have always been his unique selling points - a pity then that 'The Medallion' relies so heavily on computer trickery and wire work which, in the wake of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'Kill Bill' and 'The Matrix' trilogy, looks incredibly dated.
The ludicrous mishmash of a plot involves a magical medallion that gives people superpowers. Eddie Yang (Chan), Nicole James (Forlani) and Arthur Watson (Evans) are on the trail of uber-baddie Snakehead (Sands) who is trying to get his hands on the medallion. After bungling their chance of catching him in Hong Kong, the action moves to Dublin and the one great scene of the film, which has Yang/Chan chasing a long-legged member of Snakehead's crew through the grounds of Dublin Castle.
By relying on lame gags and lamer CGI Jackie Chan is showing his age - he will turn 50 next year. It would be a pity if films like 'The Medallion' kept tarnishing his legacy.