The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 24, 1997, Summer Edition, Page 10, Image 10

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    ‘Operation: Condor’ keeps
Chan’s action streak alive
By Gerry Beltz
Features Editor
Jackie Chan has just got to be lov
ing this. Movies he made years ago
overseas are just now being released
here in the US, thus giving him an
entirely different audience with
whom to work. Chan’s successful run
in American cinema continues with
“Operation: Condor,” a movie filmed
back in 1990.
Dubbed from Cantonese to
English, this flick could have only
been more like an Indiana Jones
movie if Harrison Ford showed up
with a giant boulder rolling after him.
Our hero (Chan) is a global
adventurer who is brought in to find a
cache of Nazi gold hidden some
where in the Sahara desert. Naturally,
others are also looking for the gold
and are willing to kill for it, so Jackie
must be on his toes and use every
acrobatic trick in the book to escape
traps, injury and death in general.
(And all the while insuring his
female sidekick loses her bath towel
at some point in the fracas.)
As the adventure continues,
Jackie and company pick up two
more female adventurers, and the
chemistry and antics involved here
again and again bring “The Three
Stooges” to mind.
Though Chan’s last three US cine
matic releases - “Rumble In The
Bronx,” “Supercop” and “First
Strike” - have been a fairly equal
blend of drama, action and comedy,
“Operation: Condor” places much
more emphasis on the comedy and
action aspects of the film, and Chan’s
physical-comedy talents are let loose.
It’s all a hoot.
Highlights of the film involve
rolling down a hill in a giant beach
ball, an incredible chase scene involv
ing a motorcycle and more wrecked
cars than a “Smokey and the Bandit”
film, and battle tactics in a wind tun
Sadly, the film has been edited
from it’s original length, down to 90
minutes from it’s original 105-minute
The Facts
Title: “Operation Condor”
Stars: Jackie Chan, Carol ‘Do Do’
Cheng, Eva Cobo, Shoko Ikeda, Aldo
Director:Jackie Chan
Rating: PG (mild violence and
mature humor)
Grade: B+
Five Words: Indiana Jones with
martial arts
running time. Even more sad is how
obvious the cuts are in the film.
Why can’t well enough just be left
As usual for Jackie Chan films,
the ending credits for “Operation:
Condor” are filled with outtakes
from the film, including Jackie tak
ing a nasty fall and also a misfired
kick to Jackie’s throat.
“Operation: Condor” is a definite
step above the lackluster “First
Strike,” and is a welcome change
from the big-budget, big-name
bonanza of summertime films.
Check it out.
‘Nothing to Lose’ brings
new life to buddy films
_NOTHING from page 8
he can really act, too.
Another thing that usually slays
buddy films from the start is a poor
script. Although the ending is a bit
too “feel-good,” writer/director Steve
Oedekerk has a solid script with lots
of little one-liners and well-written
A couple of well-cast cameos also
adds to the humor immensely. The
part of Henry, one of the people who
is held up by T and Beam, wouldn’t
have been anywhere near as funny if
they hadn’t cast Patrick Cranshaw.
Cranshaw adds the same bit of
bizarre humor that Burgess Meredith
did to “Grumpy Old Men.” The same
holds true for the gas station atten
dant who pulls a shotgun on Beam.
Through a bit of confusion, T and
Beam are confused with a pair of
hoodlums named Rig (John C.
McGinley) and Charlie (Giancarlo
Esposito.) The two crooks set out to
get credit for their crimes, claiming
that T and Beam are infringing on
their turf.
McGinlet and Esposito almost
come across as typical villains.
Almost. Their characters are a little
crazier than most people and they
make a great contrast to Robbins and
Lawrence. A pointless discussion
about “Pachabel’s Canon” while they
drive makes the two bad guys seem
even more surreal.
The final sting of death to buddy
films is the awful use of music.
The Facts
Title: “Nothing to Lose”
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Tim
Robbins ‘ \
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Rating: R (language, violence)
Grade: B+
Five Words: “Nothing to Lose”
scores big.
_ i
“Nothing to Lose” doesn’t have that
problem either. A combination of
jazz, rock, rap and R&B blends
together for a little of something for
everyone, from Morphine’s “Honey
White” to “Angelina” by Keb’Mo to
“C U WHEN YOU Get There” by
Coolio. Plus the music actually inter
acts with the film twice, something
that has to be a record in the days
when the soundtrack has no rele
vance to the film.
In the end, the overly cutesy end
ing holds the film back a little. It’s a
finish line too much like too many
other buddy films, with no surprises
and no curve balls. The attentive
audience member can catch it early
on in the game. If you’re surprised,
turn in your Sherlock Holmes Jr.
Detective card. It’s a little bit of a let
down, but if you realize you’re watch
ing a buddy film, the mushy ending is
Still, “Nothing To Lose” has
everything to gain. With a solid
script, great cast and good produc
tion, “Nothing to Lose” can’t lose.
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