Movie Review: The Accidental Spy (2001)

Synopsis: When a salesman at a Hong Kong fitness equipment store foils a robbery attempt, he learns his father is a former secret agent and, seeking to learn more about his dad, winds up trying to keep a powerful new drug away from an arms dealer in Turkey.

Who's in it? The movie stars Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Vivian Hsu, Min Kim and Lillian Ho.

Review: There's a ton of pollen in the air right now and my allergies were acting up this morning as a result. While I was waiting for my allergy pill to kick in, I ended up scanning through our movie channels and, mostly because I hadn't seen it before, settled on this film.

I've seen other Jackie Chan movies and found the majority of them enjoyable. As a result, I did have some relatively high expectations for this film. And, as it turns out, it more than met those expectations.

The movie, as I was expecting, had some very entertaining action scenes that included everything from a fight inside an elevator (my personal favorite) to an exploding gas tanker. These were exciting to watch, especially when Chan managed to slip in a little bit of physical comedy too.

Equally entertaining, in my opinion, was the mystery surrounding his father (Joh Young Kwan) and why he defected. This included everything from following vague clues to meeting a mysterious woman (Hsu) with a scarf that hinted she was part of his dad's "game." That mystery kept things interesting in between the action scenes, something many action movies fail miserably at.

My only complaint about the movie is I was very disappointed when his mystery woman didn't turn out to be as interesting as I thought she would be. Since he was led to her by one of his father's clues, I figured she would turn out to be someone important (such as his sister). I won't go into details because I don't want to give you a spoiler, but that did not turn out to be the case and her role, as a result, seemed kind of wasted.

Final Opinion: This is an entertaining movie with a surprisingly complex plot, plenty of action and even a little comedy mixed in. I definitely enjoyed watching it as a result.

My Grade: B


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