ABC Film Challenge – Action – W – Who Am I? (1998) Movie Review

Director: Benny Chan, Jackie Chan

Writer: Jackie Chan, Susan Chan, Lee Reynolds (Screenplay)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Michelle Ferre, Mirai Yamamoto, Ron Smerczak, Ed Nelson, Ton Pompert, Glory Simon

Plot: A Secret Agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by several other agency operatives, but he has no idea why.

Tagline – Fight now. Ask questions later.

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Standard Jackie Chan Movie

Story: Who Am I? Starts when a special agent (Chan) gets betrayed on a mission, he survives a helicopter crash in South Africa, bought back to health by a local tribe, before looking to get back into his life, only to learn that other agencies are looking to uncover the secret to what they have discovered.

The agent who is going by the name Who Am I starts to learn what injuries he suffered, when he starts to meet the agencies that are all offering him a chance to learn about his past, only they might not be as true as they are letting on, can he learn the truth to save the world from a new dangerous threat.

Thoughts on Who Am I?

Characters – Who Am I is a special agent that has lost his memory after an accident on his latest mission, he still possesses the survival skills to make it out of sticky situations, only he doesn’t know who to trust about unlocking the truth about his past, seeing him trying to escape any threats coming his way. Christine Stark is a reporter looking to make a story out of Who Am I, she will always be there at the right time, only she is getting to close to the story. Yuki is a lady that Who Am I helps in the desert, she is a tourist that is always looking to get involved in help him learn the truth. Morgan is one of the many people trying to track down Who Am I, he is looking to make a major business deal which would see him make billions.

PerformancesJackie Chan is always an entertaining watch, which is nothing less than we expect, he handles the fighting sequences with ease, being the best part of this film. The rest of the cast do struggle to make an impact, despite how involved they should be in the film.

StoryThe story follows a special agent that loses his memory after a mission turns sour, only to find himself being hunted down by most intelligence agencies from around the world. This is an entertaining story, which is filled with twists and turns along the way as the agent is trying to stay ahead of a game, he just doesn’t know who to trust. A lot of the story is planning, when we aren’t following the agent in his fight sequences, which can slow down the story for large parts too.

Action/Comedy/Sci-FiThe action is everything that you would imagine from a Jackie Chan movie, we have excellent choreographed fight scenes, mixed with stunts to escape, a nice mix of serious and comedic too, which lets us get the laughs along the way. The sci-fi side of the film focuses on just what the danger in the world is going to be.

SettingsThe film uses the settings well, with some being used for the scales of the fights, which adds peril to them, while others show typical business meeting locations, for scheming.

Scene of the Movie – Handcuff escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too long for what it is.

Final Thoughts This is an entertaining Jackie Chan film, it does rely on his skills more than anything, despite being slightly too long for its own good.

Overall: Entertaining.

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