Reviewed by: Jeffrey Marshall
Action movies—this term always conjures up stereotypical images of chases, over-the-top explosions, heart-wrenching fight scenes… And Jackie Chan’s “First Strike” has them all!
Jackie Chan has a style all his own. He is most well known for performing his well-choreographed fight scenes and death-defying stunts. And that is what makes “First Strike” a movie worth the ticket price.
Many Christians will object to the continued fighting and violence, and to the three expletives included. Some will also object to a humorous scene in which we get a pretty good shot of Chan’s naked backside. But, it is important to note, the attitude behind this movie is fun. It is difficult to assume that the intentions behind the violence and the single bare-butt shot is nothing more than fun—pure and simple.
This is a fun spy movie with some breathtaking stunts, and unforgettably choreographed fight sequences. Some viewers will find the half-dubbed/half-English language style a bit distracting. However, there is no hidden-meaning or deep spiritual significance, other than the cliche' good vs. evil (and good wins again!). If violence is an issue, this is not the movie for you. Once again, there is one naked tush, but the movie has no real sexual overtones or content, for that matter.
If you want to get away, and you want to be wowed by one awesome talent, this movie is a reasonable choice. It’s exciting, funny, and well worth the money.
Year of Release—1997