Skiptrace Blu-ray Review
“Skiptrace” is exactly what you expect it to be.
The Plot: After his partner (Yung) dies, police officer Bennie Chan is looking to get the man responsible-a criminal mastermind known as The Matador. Bennie believes The Matador is a man named Victor Wong, but he has no proof as of yet.
At this point in the film, a selfish American gambler, liar, thief, cheat, and general troublemaker (Connor Watts) enters the story. While in Macau gambling, Connor witnesses a murder by Victor Wong and becomes framed for it. Naturally, Wong and co. want him brought in. A group of Russians are also after him for an entirely different reason to add further complications. As if that wasn’t enough, Bennie is also looking for Connor in order to help out Yung’s daughter Samantha who winds up in trouble with Wong’s criminal business because of Connor.
As Bennie attempts to capture Connor, he begins to learn that Connor may indeed be innocent and that he may have proof that Wong is the murderer. Will Bennie and Connor crack the case or is something else going on entirely?
Earlier in the year, the Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville action vehicle “Skiptrace” was a smash hit in China, but it didn’t make much noise here in the U.S. Now, the film is hitting home video where it could potentially find a new audience. What kind of audience? Jackie Chan fans and action-comedy movie lovers mostly. If you’re a fan of the martial arts superstar or are in need of a dopey action comedy, this flick is tailor made for you. This Renny Harlin directed film sets out to be a crowd pleaser with its numerous action set pieces, trademark Chan stants, martial arts action, Johnny Knoxville goofyness, and loads of cheeseball humor (see the testicle jokes and an Adele musical number).
If you require more out of your action movies like a fresh plot, intense action, notable direction, and great villains, “Skiptrace” might not appeal much to you. Personally, I’ve never been much of a Jackie Chan fan. While his stunt skills are undeniable, I’ve always favored more artistic and serious minded martial arts films starring the likes of Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Gordon Liu. “Skiptrace” is anything but that. It’s all very routine and isn’t a very rewarding cinematic experience. About the only thing the film has going for it is its exploration of Chinese culture. The movie is partially a road film as both Bennie and Connor are running around all over the country for a good chunk of the runtime.
Audio Track: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? A predictably crisp hi-def transfer.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 5.1 track is brimming with life.
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “When Jackie Met Johnny”- A charming 5 minute featurette which contains set footage, interviews, and discussions about the movie.
* An informative solo commentary by Renny Harlin.
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