The Medallion

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Die-hard Jackie Chan fans may be disappointed.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 116 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence

Intense action violence (though not very graphic), characters killed. A child in peril.

Sex

A few kisses, some double entendres.

Language

Brief strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes extensive action violence (not very graphic), including a child in peril. There is brief strong language and double entendre humor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWhatdoIthink? April 9, 2008
Hmmmm, I was just about to say this film should have been rated PG, but the fact that Eddie Yang (Jackie Chan's character) was murdered makes it a little d... Continue reading
Parent of a 17 year old Written bysdwqasswdsed June 11, 2010

NOT FOR AND AGE 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i saw this wasnt that good you gotta belive me !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byAlice Wonders April 24, 2015

Mystifing

Maybe not the best jackie chan movie,but has a strong message on honor,time and courage,my opinion at least.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
this movie eas awesome but had a lot of violense and some sex wich includes girls in not appropiate clothes but good movei

What's the story?

In THE MEDALLION, Jackie Chan plays Hong Kong cop Eddie Yang. A bad guy named Snakehead (Julian Sands) is after a medallion and the child who can give it the power to grant eternal life. Working with officers from Interpol (Lee Evans as Watson and Clare Forlani as Nicole), Eddie chases after Snakehead and his henchmen, from Hong Kong to Ireland. Along the way, both Eddie and Snakehead get medallion-ized superpowers.

Is it any good?

It's fun to see Jackie try out his new powers, but no amount of flying around or recovering from massive injuries will ever be as magical as seeing Jackie fight when he was at his best. Back in the day, Chan was his own special effect, and that was plenty special enough. After all those years and broken bones, it isn't surprising that he is ready to let the technology do some of the work for him. And it isn't surprising that Chan sees some appeal in a story about a charm that can bestow eternal life and strength. But it isn't as much fun.

Jackie's action scenes are still 90% of what this movie has to offer, and there are a couple of good ones, including an extended chase that is pretty exciting, even though it relies on wires for some of the best stunts. The rest is just dumb jokes (an extended double entendre exchange that has some of the Interpol cops thinking that Eddie and Watson are gay, some potty humor), a brief love interest, and the aforementioned special effects.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they would want to have -- or to be able to give -- the powers granted by the medallion. What would be the benefits and what would be the drawbacks?

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