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The Tuxedo



"The Tuxedo"... Jackie Chan does the routing martial arts action and comedic slapstick in the potboller.

OKAY FOLKS — get your popcorn and Pepsi right at the start of the film and settle down. For you can eat all you want and may want even more, but the film will be relentless in its pursuit of potboiler entertainment.

Especially when it has Jackie Chan (who is actually very good at what he does and is very likable) .You know exactly what to expect and you could go out several times refilling your cone of popcorn and you wouldn't have missed much in the wafer thin plot that "The Tuxedo" boasts of.

It's the same Jackie Chan kind of stuff — martial arts action and comedic slapstick, except that here he is aided by a hi-tech gadget laden tux, which enables him to fight, dance and perform and generally do things that are otherwise impossible.

Chan is Jimmy, a taxi driver, recruited by super spy, Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs). Of course Jimmy does not know that as yet. And Devlin uses this magic tuxedo to beat up foes, dance, assemble rifles in a jiffy and do other kind of spy things. But when Devlin is injured in a skateboard bomb (seriously folks!!) Jimmy is forced into a situation where he has to don that super duper tux and begin all his adventures. Well, that is his first mistake. The second one is when he answers Devlin's cell and agrees to meet secret agent trainee played by Jennifer Love Hewlett. We then learn that the world is in danger because a bottled water mogul (Ritchie Coster — yeah that's what it is! ) has devised a way of contaminating all the fresh water supply in the world by putting bacteria, which causes people to die horribly of thirst and dehydration (to the extent that they disintegrate into virtual powder). He thinks if this happens everyone will buy this company's bottled water and he can rule the world.

And where will this evil man get his uncontaminated supply of water later? That's not on the agenda of the film!

Hewlett as the trainee secret agent is rather interesting as a character and Jackie looks a bit too old to play the sexual innocent. He has this huge crush on a girl at a gallery, but crumbles every time he has to ask her out. That is a bit funny, especially in the end when the entire force turns up to aid him in this task.

Directed by Kevin Donovan and written by Phil Hay and Michael J. Wilson, the screenplay is by Michael Wilson and Michael Leeson.

CHITRA MAHESH

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