Thanks to the good folks at Big Honcho Media, I was sent a DVD of The Spy Next Door to review. Being a Jackie Chan fan, I was really excited to have this opportunity and could not wait for the DVD to arrive. In fact, we had already planned to spend our Sunday watching it even before it arrived at our doorstep!
Acclaimed martial-arts superstar Jackie Chan (The Forbidden Kingdom) is back to kick up the action and bring in the laughs with The Spy Next Door, making its way onto a 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack – which includes both Blu-ray and DVD – and is also available as a separate DVD and for digital download. From the director of Snow Dogs, the film features a star-studded cast including Amber Valletta (Hitch), Billy Ray Cyrus (Disney’s “Hannah Montana”) and George Lopez (Valentine’s Day), and grossed over $24 million at the box office.
This KIDS FIRST!-endorsed action-comedy which also received the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval, contains bonus features the whole family will enjoy – including a blooper reel and two fun featurettes that bring audiences up-close and personal with the cast.
In true Jackie Chan fashion, The Spy Next Door delivers incredible stunts, fast action suspense and hearty family entertainment. When Bob Ho is called to babysit his neighbor’s unruly children, they accidentally blow his cover as a spy by downloading secret codes on his computer. Suddenly Bob has to kick into super agent mode and take the kids on an action-packed adventure that turns suburbia upside down. Bob fights off assassins and arch villains, narrowly escapes traps and outsmarts double-agents while somehow managing to keep the kids out of harm’s way.
Blu-Ray Combo Pack SRP: $39.99
DVD SRP: $29.95
Here’s my take on it:
This is a fun and easy movie for family entertainment. No harsh language or gestures and the action scenes are very appropriate. For adult audience, the story line is one of those that you might have seen from some other movies. The entertainment quality is lacking and the acting is a tat cheesy, as for most family action movies that involve spys and kids. This is not the kind of movies you would associate with Jackie Chan. This is a more toned down and “quiet” movie I have even seen done by him.
The movie is borderline comedy, action, and drama, almost “Sharkboy & Lavagirl” meets “Agent Cody Banks” type of movie. With relatively exciting fight scenes but not enough to put you on the edge of the seat wondering what will his next move be. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed as I had very high expectations of the movie.
Pros: Wholesome movie for family entertainment and suitable for young audience. Easy for these younger audience to understand.
Cons: Slow movie progression and boring action sequence. Not quite your typical Jackie Chan action packed movie. Predictable plot.
Recommendations: Recommended for family entertainment with younger audience. Not recommended if you’re looking for an action packed movie. The acting was mediocre at best if you have watched some of his previous works.
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