Magazine article Variety

Skiptrace

Magazine article Variety

Skiptrace

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Skiptrace

A peak in Jackie Chan's U.S. movie stardom was "Shanghai Noon," an amiable buddy action-comedy that hung on the odd-couple chemistry between his straight-arrow Chinese emigré hero and Owen Wilson's laconic. Wild West outlaw. It was a pairing successful enough to prompt a sequel ("Shanghai Knights" in 2003), and now a sort of loose revamp in "Skiptrace." But 16 years after "Noon," the 62-year-old star's boyish freneticism has succumbed to an understandable air of fatigue. It falls to co-star Johnny Knoxville to take the majority of pratfalls and supply the principal comic energy, as Chan's straight-arrow Hong Kong cop is captor, then comrade, to Knoxville's genially slippery Yank con man. As directed by Renny Harlin,this HK-U.S.China co-production is a perpetual-motion machine of formulaic ideas that has a James Bondian reliance on showing off one exotic international location after another, albeit in the service of an adventure that serves up more slapstick than martinis. …

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