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Rumble in the Bronx Movie Review

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I haven't seen a lot of Jackie Chan's films, including The Legend of Drunken Master, which is supposed to have some awesome fight scenes, but as it stands Rumble in the Bronx is Chan's best movie by a long shot.

The film, as its title suggests, pits Chan in New York as he falls in between the struggles of an evil diamond smuggling organization and a deadly street gang. What ensues is a rather mediocre plot, but with lots of great action scenes.

Rumble in the Bronx really doesn't stop for a moment to take a breath. In one scene, Chan is brutally beaten up and almost killed, and by the next morning he is jumping from rooftops. I can't complain one bit that it is convenient that a Bronx street gang knows Chinese kung fu.

There also is a love interest which adds another element to the film, although that storyline thankfully takes a backseat to the action.

Once again, the film is dubbed over for English audiences, but out of all of his dubbed films, Rumble in the Bronx probably has the best dubbing. The only really annoying character in the whole film is the kid in the wheelchair, who unfortunately does not get hit in the crossfire and killed.

Aside from kung fu action, Rumble in the Bronx also has a great, long scene involving a hovercraft, where Chan is pulled along behind. In the bloopers that follow (some of his best bloopers ever), we get to see Chan break his leg, put a cast on, and then slip a shoe over and get back to work.

Rumble in the Bronx is my favorite Jackie Chan movie, and for anyone who likes nonstop action over plot will love this film.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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