Double Trouble (Mandarin)Written by administrator
Double Trouble revolves around Jay (Jaycee Chan), a member of a Taiwanese security team tasked with protecting a four century old painting which has been the target of notorious art thieves and leather-clad female assassins. When the painting gets stolen, Jay gets entangled with Ocean (Xia Yu), a ham-handed, clueless security guard from Beijing.
Jaycee Chan's decision to tackle the sort of clownish kung-fu action genre that his dad, Jackie Chan, has perfected is, quite sadly, a gross miscalculation. Director David Hsun Wei Chang has an indifferent eye for fight sequences, and the sparse action scenes are interspaced with some woefully mechanical humour. Jaycee himself possesses a likability and enthusiasm that is generally undermined by the subpar script.
Given the nature of the film, Jaycee Chan's debut effort in the genre is guaranteed to draw comparisons with the works of his dad, which must be a tough standard to live up to. Unfortunately, Double Trouble is unable to stand on its own merit, let alone in comparison to classics like Project A or Police Story.
Summary: Double the trouble, half the fun
Rating: 2.5 out of 5