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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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There are a few twists and turns, double crosses and misdirections, but really it's a simple story of political intrigue blended with military-style action, and a higher emotional content than either of those genres normally feature.
Chan often feels like a visitor in his own film, and the script attempts some plot pirouettes that don't always flow gracefully. Yet overall, The Foreigner proves to be a respectable example of a thinking person's action flick.
While there are a few sequences that offer some Chan-driven action highlights, The Foreigner spends more time on warmed-over political intrigue than you might have expected - much to its ultimate detriment.
The Foreigner starts as a revenge story, but evolves into something more within the first 20 minutes. Hennessey's hunt to find the IRA bombers is introduced clumsily, but once started the film manages to spin the events into a satisfying mystery.