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Skiptrace (2016)

Jue di tao wang (original title)
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A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Jay Longino (story), Jay Longino (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Bennie Chan
Johnny Knoxville ... Connor Watts
Bingbing Fan ... Samantha Bai
Eric Tsang ... Yung
Eve Torres ... Dasha (as Eve Gracie)
Winston Chao ... Victor Wong
Jeong-hun Yeon Jeong-hun Yeon ... Willie (as Junghoon Youn)
Shi Shi ... Leslie
Michael Wong ... Tang
Dylan Kuo ... Esmond (as Pin Chao Kuo)
Zoe Zhang Zoe Zhang ... Ting Ting (as Zhang Lanxin)
Wei Na Wei Na ... Officer Wu (as Na Wei)
Charlie Rawes ... Sergei
Michael Gor ... Dima (as Mikhail Gorevoy)
Sara Maria Forsberg ... Natalya (as Sara Forsberg)
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Still blaming himself for the untimely demise of his best friend after nine long years, the veteran Hong Kong police detective, Bennie Chan, still finds himself on a wild-goose chase, trying to expose the elusive criminal kingpin known only as "The Matador". So far, nothing has changed, and Bennie's main suspect--the corrupt entrepreneur, Victor Wong--is, above all, legally untouchable. However, when Samantha--his late partner's only daughter--has a brush with the mob, Bennie will have no other choice but to seek help from an improbable ally: the flamboyant American gambler, Conor Watts, who has serious problems of his own with the Russian mafia. Now, the unlikely duo must cross the vast landscapes of Mongolia and the Gobi Desert to return to Hong Kong in one piece, as the Matador is still unknown. Will Bennie ever find the hard evidence he needs to put him once and for all behind bars? Written by Nick Riganas

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Justice... takes a real pair. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action/violence, some suggestive content, language, brief nudity and drug material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hollywood movie debut of Jeong-hun Yeon (Willie). See more »

Goofs

When Bennie and Connor are going through the "China Borders", they were asked to keep moving by a soldier. The dubbing is done by a person non-Chinese-native. See more »

Quotes

Bennie Chan: [pointing to his smiling face] How about this?
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Crazy Credits

Film bloopers screen side by side with the credits. (no subtitles) See more »

Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Tears In First Class
Written and performed by Deke Dickerson
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Skiptrace is a tour of hectically told story and clumsy action, although there's collective effort from the visual and soundtracks to create a picturesque journey.
22 July 2016 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

The odd buddy cop movie, and partial road trip comedy, is something one would expect from a decade ago, along with "Rundown" or Jackie's own "Rush Hour". It has the apparent goal to deliver action comedy while presenting beautiful location as the backdrop. Unfortunately, the shady plot and awkwardly crafted fight scene along with odd pacing hamper the movie every step of the way.

Bennie (Jackie Chan) is a cop with obsession to capture a drug dealer who kills his partner, but in order to do so he must chase a conman Connor (Johnny Knoxville). This might sound like a cliché cop story, because it is. Furthermore, it's riddled with consistency and logical issues, but nevertheless the movie pushes along since it needs to showcase more tourist locations.

The strongest assets may be the cinematography, it's shot in various stunning places, which is already a boon for any movie. Activity such as the lantern or mud festival is bound to attract viewer, as much as it does to tourist. The problem is stringing these scenes in orderly fashion. It often stumbles due to editing or simply a missed piece in the plot.

Same thing happens with comedy aspect as well. The movie may offer a few chuckles here and there, but too much is spent of the buddy cop relationship that is not particularly appealing. It can be attributed to the clash of multiple languages and the untimely delivery, even looking like the audio is a mismatch.

As for the trademark Jackie's stunts, "Skiptrace" does have them. This once popular gig is now more of niche since most action movies have incorporated wilder style. The addition of poor green screen for obvious large scale scene feels too outdated at this point. Characters involved are rigidly played, ranging from drug lord to Russian mafia, most of them are highly underutilized or simply too stereotypical to be effective.

"Skiptrace" feels more like a promotional tour with mediocre cop story and odd buddy gimmick thrown in as excuse for the travel.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Hong Kong | USA

Language:

Mandarin | English | Mongolian

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,579,287
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Auro 11.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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