It’s gonna be one of those great underrated movies, that should have been done while both stars had more power.
So when I saw that the world’s greatest stuntman was going to team up with the biggest name out of the Jackass crew, my first thought was that this was a very good idea. It seemed like a no brainier that these two would make a film together.
My second thought, was that this movie is 15 years or so too late. The biggest example of this was the limited release this movie got, at least in the states. Neither one of these guys are at their prime and I’m not talking physically, but the movie star points they bring are not what they were back in the turn of the century.
This is too bad, because this movie was every thing I would have expected from a Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville collaboration. Under the guise of director Renny Harlin, it was the fast pace, high octane, slap stick comedy I thought it would be, both men doing what they do best with physical performances that give you fun and give you entertainment.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, Jackie’s not flipping and kicking like he use to, and Knoxville may be too old to put a firecracker where the sun don’t shine but still, Skiptace shows you clearly why fans of both these guys would want to come out and see this one.
It puts a smile on your face and it stays there throughout the movie, and the best part about it, it has a lot more to do with the great physical comedy routine these two were doing than anything else. Jackie Chan’s chemistry with Knoxville is close to what made Rush Hour with Chris Tucker work.
It’s a little sad, like Escape Plan with Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Skiptrace suffers most from being made at the wrong time. If only some one could have came to Chan and Knoxville with this idea around the time when Chan decided to do the Tuxedo. I think this could have been a mega hit.
Still, Skiptrace is worth seeing despite being long over do. The idea of the Chan Knoxville duo is exciting and made for a good movie to watch.