Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
Tremendous action and stunts! Jackie Chan once again brings us heart-pounding, edge of your seat, ACTION! The action is terrific, which makes up for the thin plotline. This is a wonderful film, especially considering it was originally released 7 years ago! Some of the dubbing takes a bit away from the movie and, hence, the reason I gave it 3½ stars instead of 4 for moviemaking quality.
Secret Agent Jackie, codenamed Condor, is commissioned by the United Nations to help recover a stash of gold buried somewhere in the Sahara by German soldiers towards the end of World War 2. Jackie is joined by three beautiful women: an archaeologist, the daughter of the German commander that hid the gold and hasn’t been seen since, and a hitchhiker. It turns out that a lot of people want this gold, but they want all 240 tons of it themselves! So immediately, Condor is having to dodge bad guys and terrorists as they travel from Spain to the Sahara desert!
From a Christian perspective, the numerous fight scenes may turn you off. Further, ladies do get hit in this movie and also do their share of hitting back. The most offensive is some brief nudity as the backside of one of the ladies is shown while in the shower. Also, the towels of ladies just out of the shower are removed in an attempt to distract some of the many “bad” guys that catch the heros (thankfully, only their backs are shown but you know what is happening).
While I don’t recall the language being perfectly clean, it is cleaner than most action flicks. One should still weigh the warnings above before seeing this movie (A Veggie Tale is a good alternative!).
For die-hard Jackie Chan fans, this is a must-see. The action is more non-stop than his “First Strike” movie with some spectacular stunts (ever thought of fighting in a wind tunnel??). Further, you will get a few chuckles as mostly-appropriate comedy is added.
Year of Release—1997 (originally released 1990)