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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

One of Jackie Chan's best, but also one of his most violent.

Movie R 1996 91 minutes
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Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+


A bloody sniping. Some bloody wounds in a drug plantation shootout. 4 F words in a rap song in the background.
age 12+

Know your child

Yes, this movie is violent. However, my 13-year-old son holds a first degree black belt in karate, and has been familiar with and followed the code of the martial artist since he was six (i.e., fight only in self-defense, don't attack). Although others may disagree, I feel that children who have had this training understand about the differences in the use of physical violence in movies and real life. I think the guns were over-present, though. P.S. We always enjoy the scenes of bloopers at the end of his movies; my son knows that during his career, Jackie has broken almost every bone in his body, and that violent actions do have consequences.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Made at the peak of Jackie Chan's career in Hong Kong, this is one of his most explosive and suspenseful movies, and it features some of his finest stunts. (There are some harrowing ones performed on the top of a moving train -- no CGI here.) It also features one of his strongest female co-stars in Michelle Yeoh (later in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), a trained dancer who performs her own stunts and is Chan's equal in skill and presence. They have strong screen chemistry together, posing as brother and sister on an undercover mission.

Unfortunately, this is also one of Chan's most atypically violent films, and relies rather heavily on guns and shootouts instead of martial arts. And while it has some humor, it's not one of Chan's funniest films either; the subject matter (drug cartels and numerous killings) tends to put a damper on the laughs.

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