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As with any Jackie Chan release, there’s hesitation. He’s not one to mix things up as an actor, often playing the same heroic roles or, more recently, mystical forces, working with his limited range with healthy dollops of humor. “The Foreigner” doesn’t require a cheery Chan, asking the action star to go stone cold sober, for the most part, for this terrorism thriller. Chan’s committed to doing something a little different for director Martin Campbell (returning to screens six years after nearly destroying his career with the artistic and financial failure of “Green Lantern”), but hope for a somber, shuffling Chan is soon dashed, as “The Foreigner” quickly returns the star to his element, dodging weapons and flipping around bad guys. There’s something compelling here in the ugly details that peeks out periodically, but Campbell doesn’t always know the type of film he wants to make, keeping the effort unsteady and frustratingly unrealistic.  Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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