Quan is a humble London businessman whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — dies in a senseless act of politically motivated terrorism. His relentless search to find the terrorists leads to a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official whose own past may hold the clues to the identities of the elusive killers.
The Foreigner is a new action film starring Jackie Chan, or at least that’s how it has been marketed. In reality, this is much more of a political thriller starring Pierce Brosnan with a few Jackie Chan action sequences mixed throughout.
At the heart of The Foreigner, there is a political conflict that Jackie Chan’s character finds himself caught in the crossfire of, as his daughter is killed. Pierce Brosnan is a political leader in the Irish Government, and Jackie Chan’s character believes that Brosnan knows the names of the bombers that killed his daughter, and therefore proceeds to make his life hell until he relinquishes that information. The Foreigner isn’t by any means your typical action movie, a political thriller sure, but the action in the Foreigner is much more sparse than you’d probably expect. I imagined that this would work against the movie, but actually it’s quite the opposite in this case. The political conflict was extremely interesting, mostly because of the great performance by Pierce Brosnan. Jackie Chan is also great, and the action scenes he does have don’t disappoint. The Foreigner is an entertaining movie, but it is important to know that it is more of a political thriller rather than the Taken look-alike that it is billed to be.