Medallion, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1

Jackie Chan, known for doing his own stunts, is back again with more martial-arts sleight of hand in this supernatural action comedy. A medallion with special, great powers is given to a small boy, but it also attracts the attention of some evil men. In an attempt to get the medallion, they kidnap the boy. Inspector Eddie Yang (Chan) and his cohorts (Lee Evans and Claire Forlani) recover the boy, only to have him kidnapped again. After Eddie is killed trying to save the child, the boy brings Eddie back to life with the aid of the medallion. Eddie does not realize at first what has happened to him but soon discovers that he has supernatural powers including immortality. Not long after Eddie gets his powers, the evil Snakehead (Julian Sands) gets his hands on the medallion and also receives the power from the medallion, leading to an inevitable fight between the two immortals.

The film is filled with fight scenes and violence, it is mostly done in a lighthearted manner and mixed with plenty of comic relief. Jackie Chan fans will be disappointed at his diminishing physical abilities as he nears 50 and the increased use of editing and wirework. The majority of the fighting is hand-to-hand combat and consistent with Jackie Chans style of using whatever props are around to defend himself. There is little blood or gore shown; victims in most cases fall down with little or no visible sign of injury. A man uses a shotgun on a man but does more damage to the house behind him. When an immortal is killed, strange-looking and mildly frightening creatures appear to come out of the man who is dying. During the ending credits, outtakes are shown with a couple instances of bad language including the S-word. In addition to the violence, the film contains some crude humor and bad language, which prevent it from getting Previews recommendation.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
Sony Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (8) times mild (hell 2, bloody 5, ass 1)

Obscene Language: once (1) S-word 1

Profanity: few (3) times exclamatory (OMG 2, my L 1)

Violence: Many times (frequent martial arts fighting, man hit on head with butt of gun, man stabbed but not hurt because of supernatural powers, several gunfights with automatic weapons, supernatural fight in the air, man falls from tall building and lands on face but not hurt, ultralight plane crashes into building but no one is hurt)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity: After man is defeated in fight, his pants are pulled down revealing his underwear; man comes back from the dead with no clothes but is covered by furniture and careful use of camera angles

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: I want to be on top. You like to do it by yourself.

Drugs: None

Other: Man urinates from a cliff with two people below and nearby

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: teens and adults.

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