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Movie Review

Rumble in the Bronx

MPAA Rating: R for some language and violent sequences

Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Martial-Arts Action
87 min.

The ever diligent Hong Kong policeman, Jackie Chan sees lots of action as he comes to New York City for his uncle’s wedding. His families grocery store in South Bronx is in dire straights as the local gang of thugs are intent on preying on them. But never fear—this Hong Kong cop is tough and talented and has a strong sense of duty to help.

Not surprisingly, the plot in “Rumble in the Bronx” is weak. This one was “help our relative with the business. Oh, a friend is in trouble, let’s save him.” There were few humorous scenes, but a memorable one focuses on Jackie adjusting his face (popping a pimple) in a mirror at the store. Little does he know that the mirror is two-way, and his relatives see everything, leaving him in an embarrassing situation.

Jackie’s stunts, which he insists on performing himself, are terrific as usual. This is why many people watch Jackie. The trail of bloopers at the conclusion of the film are funny, but also provide a nice touch of reality (real life injuries, etc. occuring during the filming process).

The film did contain some noticeably dark scenes, with a lot of fluorescent glow-in-the-dark. Perhaps this was to portray what the Bronx looks like, but it gave the film a darker, sinister side that wasn’t necessary. From a Christian standpoint, this movie is for entertainment only. And you probably won’t be entertained unless you enjoy the God-given skill that Jackie Chan possesses. The film offers no Biblical message other than the typical “good versus evil struggle.” The film is definitely violent and the language isn’t perfect. I do not recall any nudity nor any major sexually-explicit language.

Year of Release—1996