ABC Film Challenge – Random – F – The Foreigner (2017)

Director: Martin Campbell

Writer: David Marconi (Screenplay) Stephen Leather (Novel)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, David Pearse, Michael McElhatton, Katie Leung, Rufus Jones


Plot: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.

Tagline – Never push a good man too far

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Chan Shines in Political Action Thriller


Story: The Foreigner starts as Quan Mgoc Minh (Chan) is getting ready to buy his daughter Fan’s (Leung) graduation dress in London, but this peaceful moment is shattered when a bomb goes off killing many, including Fan, with UDI claiming responsibility. England is now in locked down searching for the people responsible, while Quan has lost everything, a broken man.

Deputy Irish Minister Liam Hennessy (Brosnan) looks to investigate what happened using his power with the Irish government to try to get a deal between the two countries done. Quan will not rest until he learns who killed his daughter, he turns up at the police station everyday for answer before turning to the former UDI member Hennessy.

Refusing to accept we don’t know as answer Quan takes matters into his own hands, sending a warning to Hennessy, which soon turns into a cat-n-mouse chase around Ireland as we learn the truth about the bombing.


                 Thoughts on The Foreigner


Characters – Quan Ngoc Minh is a humble restaurant owner in London, his only daughter is about to graduate after losing the rest of his family years before, she is killed in a bombing leaving him empty and broken. He just wants names to see justice for those responsible and will use the training he has to get those answers. Liam Hennessy is the deputy Irish Minister who does have ties with UDI, he remains the on the peaceful side of the battle trying to find a solution, but the question remains just whether he is truly involved or not. The rest of the characters are the British police trying to solve the crime, The UDI members that have been working towards re-igniting the war between the two.

PerformancesThis is easily Jackie Chan most serious English Language role, he never let’s on to have any comic timing which is refreshing to see, the emotionless performance is just what we wanted to see. Pierce Brosnan is great too, he shows us how we imagine politicians to be like during the tension being shown in the film.

StoryThe story is where the things get interesting, the trailers made us believe we are heading into an action heavy movie about one man’s revenge mission about his daughter’s death. What we get is a thriller that looks at the tension between the British government and the Irish who still show the tension because of the difference between the two sides. We do have the revenge angle don’t worry if you want action you will get it, just be aware we balance the two stories very well to make this a thriller you will want to see the next chapter of the story.

ActionThe action lets Chan show off his skills in what is mostly a more serious style and includes him using a gun, which is something we rarely see him do in the English Language movies.

SettingsThe two main settings are London, which in real life has been a target of bombings and is a location which would make the biggest statement for any terrorists and the Irish farm where Quan is picking off anyone who tries to stop him.

Scene of the Movie –
The takedown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does fizzle out in the end.

Final ThoughtsThis is a surprisingly entertaining action thriller, you will want to see everything unfold, while also getting rewarded by the action sequences that are only used sparely.


Overall: Strong action thriller.




Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Grabbers (2012)

grabbersDirector: Jon Wright

Writer: Kevin Lehane (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, Bronagh Gallagher, Pascal Scott, Clelia Murphy


Plot: When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.


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Verdict: Funny Little Horror Comedy That Grabs You


Story: Grabbers starts when a fishing ship comes under attack over night before we meet the Garda Lisa (Bradley) coming to the small island to work with Garda Ciaran (Doyle). While showing Lisa around the island we hat something has been attacking and beaching the wildlife off the coasts and now it has started to come after the people.

The two Garda have to work with the town drunk Paddy (Roddy) and scientist Adam Smith (Tovey) to stop the alien invaders that transport themselves through any means of water source but discovery that they need to be drunk to defeat the creatures.

Grabbers is a film that you have to compare to Tremors because of the comparisons with the standard characters, yes I know these characters that are trapped by water rather than sand but it is the same environment for the creatures. It really is easy to watch with laughs throughout and a nice spin on the don’t drink while fighting against an enemy. Just sit back and enjoy but don’t expect perfection.


Actor Review


Richard Coyle: Garda Ciaran O’Shea is the islands drunk police officer that has to show the by the book newcomer Lisa around the island. He does feel like he should help anyone on the island. Richard is good in this role without being truly memorable.

Ruth Bradley: Garda Lisa Nolan is the by the book new officer coming to the island only to find herself in the middle of a much bigger problem the island is facing. Ruth comes off as the strongest character well but the character does seem to be forgotten by the end.lisa

Russell Tovey: Dr Adam Smith is the scientist on the island that sees this as the discovery of a generation which could make a name for themselves and the island. Russell is quirky with is what you expect in these style of films.

Lalor Roddy: Paddy Barrett is the island drunk putting to shame when it comes to the amount of alcohol he can drink. Seeing how he always survives makes the rest of the island see what they need to do to survive. Lalor is fun as the town drunk.

Support Cast: Grabbers has a supporting cast that all work for the film.

Director Review: Jon WrightJon gives us a fun film that is easy to watch and laugh along with.


Comedy: Grabbers has good moments of comedy throughout.

Horror: Grabbers uses the horror to not let us see everything through the film until the final moments.

Sci-Fi: Grabbers has creatures from out of space how much more sci-fi do you want to get.

Settings: Grabbers uses the isolation setting for this film with everything happening on the island with no escape.
Special Effects
: Grabbers has great effects making the creatures look real from the first moment to the last.

Suggestion: Grabbers is one for the horror comedy fans to try, they should be entertained. (Horror Comedy Fans Watch)


Best Part: The Grabbers look great.

Worst Part: Lisa ends up looking weak by the end of the film.

Favourite Quote: Dr Smith ‘You really are Irish’


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Not yet but left open for on.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Tremors


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: £4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Last call at the bar.


Overall: Enjoyable horror comedy creature feature