Sunday, January 17, 2010
Movie Review: The Spy Next Door
Billy Ray Cyrus
Lionsgate’s family action comedy THE SPY NEXT DOOR stars Jackie Chan as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids.
When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career!
Lions Gate Films
New Year,New Movie.I started to make a blog review upon invitation of Mr. Azrael Coladilla of Azrael's Merryland to watch The Spy Next Door last Jan. 14(Thanks Az!).
Review:As a Jacky Chan fan, I never get tired of watching his films with is own trademark action mixed with slapstick comedy which makes it more theatrical. But with TSND, as I foreseen, I won't be expecting the same level of excitement as Rush Hour nor the Hong Kong flicks. As to the family orientation of the film, it's the first time Jacky Chan is immersed in role with an American reality of having a girlfriend with kids who doesn't enjoy the idea of having a stepfather. This kind of conflict is not original in this film. Though there are children casts in this movie, the exposure and the behavior of the kids are not what you can see in a GP film. The behavior of the children were beyond their age. it does not reflect values supposed to be in a family film but there were redeeming qualities. The story does not have the same spy thriller James Bond, Jack Ryan or Jason Bourne. Jacky's character is no longer discreet in the level of a spy with his nemesis. The only thing that can only be entertaining in this film is that there's always Jacky Chan and his trademark slapstick action/comedy. I would classify this film as Rated PG rather than GP.
The screening last January 14 was made possible by Wave 89.1