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Rashid Irani's Review: The Spy Next Door

india Updated: Jan 16, 2010 17:41 IST
Rashid Irani

The Spy Next DoorReview:The Spy Next Door

Cast: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta

Direction: Brian Levant

Rating: H& 1/2

Action heroes don’t fade away into the sunset. It would seem as a rule, they strive to become cute. Count Arnold Schwarzenegger (Kindergarten Cop), Sylvester Stallone (Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over) and Vin Diesel (The Pacifier) in that league. And now Asia’s kick-machine Jackie Chan, who at the age of 55 plays babysitter to a gang of kids who can’t stand his very sight.

The very notion of a film which attempts to make Chan as sweet as baby cereal appears to be a sign of desperation. Why not just have the still physically-agile hero exterminate the badfellas, instead of dragging precocious poppets into the picture?

Anyway against better judgement, The Spy Next Door pitches Chan as a fix-it-all dude (heavens!) on loan to the CIA. While dealing with Russian nasties, he is required to look after a single mom’s three kids. They make his life miserable till they discover that he’s actually cooler than a
basket of cucumbers. Russian salad anyone?

The action sequences as well as the humour interludes are not worth remarking upon. In fact, this is one of the Hong Kong martial art champ’s least likeable films.

Conclusion: Mr. Chan has to truly think out of the box if wants us to see another bang-wham movie of his. Fingers and toes crossed.