June 12, 2000

Better than Mission: Impossible 2. Yes – for once I am agreeing with critics…

There was a lot of ass-kicking action – though it was all rather tame, but unlike John Woo – it is okay for Jackie Chan to make a PG-13 film. Expected even.

The film should have been subtitled Dignan’s Next Score. Owen Wilson’s character, Roy, must have been the great-great grandfather of his character, Dignan, from Bottle Rocket. He was a wholly incompetent criminal with an even more incompetent crew. I keep wondering if the role was written that way from the beginning with Wilson in mind or if he was picked later to team up with Chan. I think they had much better chemistry than Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour.

I don’t usually like Kid Rock, but his Cowboy Song actually worked pretty well with the film. The rest of the soundtrack was all classic rock like La Grange by ZZ Top and Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith. Actually, I think it was only those three songs on the soundtrack and they just alternated between those three.

I think I heard that there is a sequel in the works, which kind of makes me sad. So often, Hollywood thinks that if a movie works once, it will continue to work for further sequels. I am so sick of that bullshit.

Two weeks after opening, it’s probably already in the dollar theater. Go catch it quick…oh, wait. I’m sure it will be out on video in 2 months anyway. But it’s worth it to see Jackie Chan get all high and get laid…

Year – 2000
Rating – PG-13
Runtime – 110 minutes
Genre – Western, Buddy Movie
Director(s) – Tom Dey
Writer(s) – Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Actor(s) – Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Jason Connery
BOB Rating – Four BOBs
Favorite Quote – "I am like a wild animal - you can't tame me. You put the oats in the pen though and I'll come in for a nibble every day..." - Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson)