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"THE FOREIGNER"
(2017) (Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action: When his daughter is killed in a London terrorist bombing, a former Chinese military operative takes it upon himself to avenge her death.
PLOT:
When Quan's (JACKIE CHAN) only daughter is killed in a London terrorist bombing, he is beside himself with grief. The attack was apparently the work of a new fringe of the Irish Republican Army, hell-bent on stoking old hostilities between England and Northern Ireland. A few weeks go by, and the news media reports no suspects and no arrests. So, Quan decides to start pestering the British operative in charge of the investigation, Commander Richard Bromley (RAY FEARON), who gives him no help.

Fed up with what he perceives as ineptitude and the possible influence of muddied U.K. politics, Quan travels to Ireland to confront the man in charge on the other end of the investigation, Irish Deputy Minister Liam Hennessy (PIERCE BROSNAN). Liam is a former IRA member who has devoted the last two decades to keeping the peace and healing old wounds. But he also tells Quan that there are no leads and to let the professionals handle it.

Little do Bromley and Liam know that Quan was once a professional himself, a trained military operative highly skilled in weapons, explosives, and martial arts. He launches his own investigation and even sets off a few choice explosives himself to compel Liam and his cohorts to give him some names. Once he starts doing that, the movie reveals a tapestry of shifting loyalties and backdoor conspiracies involving Liam; his wife, Mary (ORLA BRADY), still yearning for revenge against the Brits who killed her brother years earlier; his mistress, Maggie (CHARLIE MURPHY), who may have more knowledge of the bombings than she leads on; his nephew, Sean (RORY FLECK BYRNE), an Iraqi war veteran who Liam trusts implicitly, but shouldn't; and Hugh McGrath (DERMOT CROWLEY), an old-guard IRA loyalist unable to fit in in the new order.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older male teens may be attracted to its action, but the film definitely skews older overall.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violence, language, and some sexual material.


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