Thursday, August 30, 2012
Movie Review: Supercop
A policeman with skills too large for his small assignments is sent to help with a dangerous mission. He quickly finds out that while his skills are impressive back at home, they aren’t quite as impressive among the best of the best of law enforcement. As he goes undercover and helps a powerful criminal escape from jail as part of an operation to bring down an even more powerful criminal, his skills will be tested as never before.
Supercop is typical of Jackie Chan’s good movies: Generic story, minimal characterization, and plenty of humor, all of it held together by slick action sequences, cool stunts, and the star’s charm. The bad English dubbing is, as usual, part of the fun. If you’re looking for an action film with a masterful story and vivid characterizations, look elsewhere. The Fugitive, for example. If you’re looking for just-for-fun entertainment, then Supercop fits those qualifications.
This film should never have been rated R. Aside from a few “f” words in a rap song that plays briefly in the background, content is all of the PG-13 variety or below, and the song seems to have been added solely to get this film an R-rating and make it “cooler.” There’s a handful of other swear words. Violence is pervasive, but mostly bloodless, and sometimes involves women in combat roles. It’s implied that the protagonist is living with his girlfriend and all that entails. Some characters are mistaken for prostitutes and propositioned by a criminal. Various women are seen in immodest clothing. Also of note is that going undercover requires some actions that are not always explained morally, but since the general tone is one of morality, it’s not much of an issue.
(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner