Big-budget Honk Kong fantasy action flick starring Jackie Chan as Eddie Yang, an indomitable Hong Kong cop who, after a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion, is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. Eddie enlists the help of British Interpol agent Nicole (Claire Forlani) to determine the secret of the medallion and to defeat the evil Snakehead (Julian Sands), a human-smuggling crimelord.
The inspired pairing of Jackie Chan and British comedian Lee Evans (Funny Bones
) gives The Medallion
some extra oomph. Hong Kong agent Eddie Yang (Chan) flies to Ireland to track down a very bad guy named Snakehead (Julian Sands, Warlock
, exuding his dependable oily menace) who has kidnapped a young boy with the power of life and death. When Eddie dies protecting the boy, the boy resurrects him with a magical medallion--and when Eddie comes back, he's got supernatural powers, much to the befuddlement of his former partner, Arthur (Evans). Along for the ride is Eddie's old flame, Nicole (Claire Forlani, i>Mystery Men
<), wearing tight outfits and delivering high-kicks. Chan has lost the astonishing elasticity of his youth, but he's still spry enough to pull some dazzling moves, and Evans is just amazingly funny. Between the two, The Medallion
is far more entertaining than you might expect. --Bret Fetzer