Skiptrace (film)

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Skiptrace
Skiptrace American Poster.jpg
American film poster
Traditional 絕地逃亡
Simplified 绝地逃亡
Mandarin Jué Dì Táo Wáng
Cantonese Zyut6 Dei6 Tou4 Mong4
Directed by Renny Harlin
Produced by Jackie Chan
Charlie Coker
Damien Saccani
Written by Jay Longino
BenDavid Grabinski
Wen-Chia Chang
Screenplay by Jay Longino
BenDavid Grabinski
Story by Jay Longino
Starring Jackie Chan
Johnny Knoxville
Fan Bingbing
Music by Chan Kwong-wing
Cinematography Chan Kwok-Hung
Lam Ching-ying
Edited by Derek Hui
Judd H. Maslansky
David Moritz
Production
company
Cider Mill Pictures
Dasym Entertainment
InterTitle Films
JC Group International
Talent International Film Cultural Company
Talent International Media
Distributed by Beijing Talent International Film (China)[1]
Saban Films (U.S.)
DirecTV (U.S.)
Release date
  • July 21, 2016 (2016-07-21) (China)
  • September 2, 2016 (2016-09-02) (USA)
[2]
Running time
108 minutes
Country Hong Kong
China
United States[3]
Language English
Mandarin
Budget US$30 million[4]
US$60 million[5]
Box office 134.7 million [6]

Skiptrace is a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese-American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Renny Harlin, produced, starring and based on a story by Jackie Chan.[7][3] The film co-stars Johnny Knoxville and Fan Bingbing.[3][8] It was released in China on July 21, 2016 and in the United States on September 2, 2016.[9][10]

Plot[edit]

Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan (Jackie Chan) has been tracking notorious crime boss "Matador" – whom he believes to be businessman Victor Wong (Winston Chao) – for over a decade after the death of Bennie's partner Yung (Eric Tsang). When Yung's daughter Samantha (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong's crime syndicate, Bennie must track down an American conman, Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville), who gambles his way through Chinese casinos after being banned in America and he witnesses the murder of a woman named Esther Yee in Wong's Macau casino. However, before Bennie can find him, Connor is kidnapped by a Russian kingpin to answer for leaving his daughter pregnant.

After intercepting several Russians, Bennie rescues Connor. Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back from Russia to Hong Kong. But after Connor steals Bennie's passport and burns it, the unlikely pair are forced to travel on foot to Inner Mongolia. While on journey, Connor reveals that he has a phone that Esther gave to him before she died at his side. Bennie learns that the person who is able to unlock this phone is none other than the "Matador." Days later, they try to cross to China, but are captured by police and are saved by a Siberian woman and her gang. They cross a river until they go to a village under a festival, with Willie pursuing them.

Connor sees Wong on the news and recognizes him as Esther's murderer. Bennie learns that Samantha is already taken by Wong's right-hand man, Willie, and his men, threatening to kill her if Bennie refuses to bring the phone back to Hong Kong. Connor parts ways with Bennie, giving him evidence that could lead to Wong's arrest. Reaching Hong Kong, unfortunately, the plan doesn't go well when the phone denies access to Wong's thumbprint, meaning that Wong is not Matador at all. Bennie is detained but he later escapes with Connor's help and follows a clue to the whereabouts of Samantha.

Bennie's co-worker Leslie informs him that their police captain, Tang (Michael Wong), is now working with Wong. Bennie and Connor sneak to the shipyard where Matador's criminal organization is located and Bennie witnesses Wong is being killed. The two are then held captive by the men. There, Bennie discovers that "Matador" has been the supposedly deceased Yung all along. After Yung confesses to Bennie about faking his death, he goes to find Samantha being locked up in a room. Upon seeing her dad, Samantha becomes frustrated when she learns that he faked his death in order to work as the criminal organization's boss. When a boat hits the cargo ship, the compartment starts to flood and Yung locks Samantha up just as the water enters the room. The fight ensues with the Chinese when the Russian gangsters show up — revealing that Connor is no longer their enemy. With the police surrounding them, Bennie and Yung work together to save Samantha from drowning inside a sinking ship, with Yung committing suicide by drowning himself to avoid being captured. The authorities then arrest Tang and Willie.

Connor goes back to Russia in order to see his baby of the kingpin's daughter. He finds out that he is actually not the father. Later, Connor and Samantha surprise Bennie back at his farm, providing him with alpacas to help fulfill his earlier-confessed lifelong dream of running an Alpaca farm. He is then knocked out by Connor and left in the hands of Leslie before leaving with Samantha.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was first announced in May 2013 as Sino-American co-production to be directed by Sam Fell and starring Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing [13] with Chan playing a Hong Kong detective who allies with a gambling conman to find a criminal mastermind.[14] Exclusive Media is the agent for the international sales rights.[15] On 22 October 2013, it was announced that actor Seann William Scott has been added to the cast as the previously uncast gambler.[16] On September 3, 2014, Johnny Knoxville replaced Scott for the co-starring role.[8]

Production was due to begin on January 13, 2014 and will be filmed in Hong Kong and China.[17] Filming began on September 3, 2014, in China,[8] and was due to end on December 15, 2014.[18]

On December 17, 2014, cinematographer Chan Kwok-hung drowned while on a shoot for the film.[19]

Reception[edit]

The film was number-one on its opening in China, grossing US$60 million.[20] The film has grossed a total of CN¥870 million at the Chinese box office.[21] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 36%, based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "绝地逃亡(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved June 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Alex, Billington. "Jackie Chan & Johnny Knoxville in Action Comedy 'Skiptrace' Trailer". Firstshowing.net. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Frater, Patrick (May 7, 2013). "Chan and Fan jump for Skiptrace". web.archive.org. Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Feldman, Dana (September 1, 2016). "Renny Harlin Pulls Off Blockbuster Comeback In China With Jackie Chan Action-Comedy, 'Skiptrace'". forbes.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ Busch, Anita (July 25, 2016). "'Star Trek Beyond' $30M Debut; 'Lights Out' $8.5M; Jackie Chan's 'Skiptrace' Nails $64M Bow – Int'l Box Office Final". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Skiptrace (2016)". The Numbers. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cannes: Fan Bingbing Joins Jackie Chan Action Comedy 'Skiptrace'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ a b c d Fleming Jr, Mike (September 3, 2014). "Johnny Knoxville Joins Jackie Chan In China-Set 'Skiptrace'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "成龙新作《绝地逃亡》定档 拳笑归来制霸暑期档". People's Daily. 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  10. ^ "【虎口婆心】贺岁片调档造么?组建家庭影院不惧空档". PJTime. 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  11. ^ a b "1st look at Renny Harlin's 'Skiptrace' starring Jackie Chan". cityonfire.com. 
  12. ^ Youtube-tähti Sara Maria Forsberg näyttelee Renny Harlinin elokuvassa. www.hs.fi (in Finnish) Helsingin Sanomat
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (May 6, 2013). "Exclusive Media Boards Jackie Chan-Bingbing Fan Comedy". Variety. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Cannes: Fan Bingbing Joins Jackie Chan Action Comedy 'Skiptrace'". The Hollywood Reporter. June 6, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Kay, Jeremy (May 6, 2013). "Exclusive takes Skiptrace to Cannes". Screen Daily. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ Lesnick, Silas (October 22, 2013). "Seann William Scott Joins Jackie Chan in Skiptrace". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Seann W. Scott Joins Jackie Chan In "Skiptrace"". darkhorizons.com. 
  18. ^ "On The Set, - Box Office ... Abrams Wraps The Cellar, Tom Hiddleston Finishes I Saw the Light & More". ssninsider.com. December 15, 2014. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Chan Kwok-Hung, cinematographer, drowns on set of Jackie Chan film". CBC News. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  20. ^ Frater, Patrick (July 26, 2016). "China Box Office: Jackie Chan's 'Skiptrace' Leaps to $60 Million Opening". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  21. ^ "绝地逃亡(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Skiptrace (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 

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