Chinese Zodiac is meant to be Jackie Chan's last action flick, and sadly it is so bad that not many audiences would remain if he ever gets back to action in the future again.
There are 12 zodiac heads that were looted in 1864 by the west from China, and these are being auctioned all across the world, stolen and then sold off again. Chan is a thief, who is stealing these zodiac heads, what for is not clear. Why are the zodiac heads so precious, one cant say. There are sundry other precious things that are also being stolen in the process, why, we better not delve into that. Is there a story to all of this? Well, this one is better left unanswered.
CZ12 reeks of shoddy production levels , below mediocre acting and some severe tackiness recently unseen on thebig screen. The peripherial cast is appalingly embarassing, the scenes written and shot like some kindergarten kids were practicing for a colony show. The special effects are shoddy, the sets look like sets, badly made ones at that and there is some really terrile screaching and screaming going on in the name of dialogues.
A large part of which , is any ways indecipherable, cause for somereason, the dialogues happen in Chinese and French without any subtittles.
Chan, the man himself, also looks pretty tired and old. To his credit though, he still manages to enthrall when he is in his element, doing stunts that are beyond the realm of safe and believeable. These are not enough however to tie the movie together. Gaping holes in the plot, and some really bad acitng by everyone puts you off the proceedings in the very first ten minutes.
If you are Chan fan, watch his older classics instead, do not sully your nostalgia of this great actor with this swan song.