Picks and Pans Review: Rumble in the Bronx
After more than a decade of being Asia's top box office draw, Chan, a blindingly fast martial-arts star with an ingratiatingly demure manner, makes a stab at reaching the great American masses with this silly, breathless action comedy.
Playing a tourist from Hong Kong, Chan runs afoul of Bronx motorcycle gangsters who misbehave in his uncle's grocery store. He retaliates—although in his gentle heart he hopes to reform them. "Don't you know," he pleads, having demolished their headquarters with such improvised weapons as billiard cues, soda cans and a refrigerator door, "that you are the scum of society?" Then it's on to a bigger battle with a nasty crime king named White Tiger and a showdown involving a hovercraft and an antique bronze sword.
Sure, many of the actors are obviously dubbed into English. And Chan's New York City comes surrounded by mountains—most of the film was shot in Vancouver. But it all only makes the affair that much more likably goofy. (R)
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