Jackie Chan is easily one of the most iconic martial arts action stars in history. Whether you are a fan of the genre or his you know his name. In 1985 Chan debuted the original Police Story both starring in and directing in what some consider his best film to date. Since it’s debut it has spawned three sequels as well as a reboot in 2004. Now Chan has returned to the series once again with a new darker toned reboot to the series with Police Story: Lockdown.
The film follows police Captain Zhong Wen who knows all about sacrifice. He’s always been too busy chasing bad guys to be a father to his daughter Miao. Tonight, he’s seeing her for the first time in years and meeting her fiancé, club owner Wu Jiang, but when the entire club is taken hostage including his daughter he will have to sacrifice everything to find the truth, but how far will he go? The original films in the series featured Chan’s signature action filled with humor, but this latest chapter takes a darker tone. Sure there is plenty of action, but it is toned down a lot more than fans are used to from Chan, but it fits more with the story. Instead of being just about the action, this story takes you through some twists and turns as the truth begins to unfold. The story sticks mostly inside the club with some Die Hard like elements early on before it shifts its focus. The fighting that is here is well executed and showcases a different kind of Chan. He can clearly still do everything he always has, but shows a more mature style here using more streamlined moves for effectiveness as opposed to just the wow factor. This makes for some great action sequence including a fairly brutal sequence in an MMA cage that still give the fans some vintage Chan without feeling forced. Chan gives one of the better performances of his career on the acting side bringing together a wide range of emotions both in character interaction and during the action.
This is a great gritty more mature turn for the series that will hopefully give them the chance to deliver some more entries as this particular character is way more flawed than the previous ones and has more layers to explore. In addition the film this release includes interviews, trailer and look behind the scenes. Grab your copy of Police Story: Lockdown when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 11th from WellGo USA.