An action comedy following the exploits of an indomitable Hong Kong cop named Eddie, who, after a near-fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion, is suddenly transformed into a 'Highbinder'--an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. Eddie enlists the help of fellow agent Nicole to determine the secret of the medallion and face down the evil Highbinders who desperately want it back.
Jackie Chan plays a Hong Kong police inspector who travels to Ireland in search of the title object, a talisman that confers infinite strength and immortality on its possessor. It has been snatched by the international villain Snakehead (Julian Sands, in a highly campy performance), along with the cute little boy (Alexander Bao) who is its rightful possessor. Mr. Chan is helped in is quest by a British supporting cast: the Interpol agents Claire Forlani, Lee Evans and John Rhys-Davies. A Hong Kong production filmed in English by the veteran Hong Kong director Gordon Chan ("Fist of Legend"), "The Medallion" is aimed at an international public but still retains some Hong Kong street credibility, thanks largely to the expert action sequences staged by Sammo Hung. But as soon as the medallion appears, so do the digital maneuverings — speeded-up movement, composite images, objects and people that morph into supernatural thingamajigs — that undercut the genuine thrills of the genuine action. — Dave Kehr
2003-08-22 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of The Medallion