The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 24, 1997, Summer Edition, Page 10, Image 10
‘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 nel. 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 Sanchez 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 alone? 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 bantering. 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. I 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 expected. Still, “Nothing To Lose” has everything to gain. With a solid script, great cast and good produc tion, “Nothing to Lose” can’t lose. The Rare Birkenstock Sale Arizona (Leathers) Reg. $89.95 Now $ 64.90 Today Thru Saturday Only Plus 25%-40% off discounted styles *Limited sizes and colors available The Arizona Footloose & Fancy Downtown 1219 P Street NOW THROUGH AUGUST 2 THE FOREIGNER Larry Shue's (V tale of a shy man who, ft while pretending he canft 6 speak English, hears ' y more than he should. ' The results are hilarious! ; '• . 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