‘Double Trouble’: Not worth half the price
Directed by David Hsun-Wei Chang
Written by Zhang Hongyi and Yeh Sho-Heng
It would be nice for Jaycee Chan to not be held to such an absurdly high standard. The problem is, he has his father’s nose: that daft proboscis which, each time it was broken and re-broken, more deeply signified Jackie Chan’s status as the clown prince of kung fu. Jackie Chan’s films set a near-impossible standard to meet, but worse, Jaycee’s new film Double Trouble (which the elder Chan was not connected with in any way) doesn’t meet the standards set by any good film.
Jaycee Chan plays a Taiwanese security guard who is assigned to protect a priceless painting, but due to a chance encounter with a visiting Chinese tourist (Xia Yu) the painting is lost anyway. Chan ends up chasing the painting with Yu in tow, thinking him a possible culprit; as the title suggests, this is a buddy film. But is this a buddy comedy or a buddy action film? The answer seems to be, “neither.”