16 Jul 2002, 04:10

After watching The Prisoner, a

After watching The Prisoner, a Jackie Chan film, I feel slightly dizzy and disoriented. The film obviously comes from the school of thought that believes if you toss enough random things into a film a coherent plot will eventually emerge. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. You just can’t really judge a film like this by the same standards that you would something like say, The Royal Tenenbaums, that’s all. It tried to balance about 4 different story arcs, and rather than try to deftly interweave them as your conventional run-of-the-mill film might, this film boldy chose to just randomly slosh them together until something resembling a conclusion resulted. Namely, a huge gun battle against half of the army of the Philippines on a military airstrip. How did Chinese prison inmates end up in a gun battle on an airstrip in the Philippines? I couldn’t even begin to explain.