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Jackie Chan, Still Kicking Ass at 64 in 'Bleeding Steel'

Jackie Chan stars in "Bleeding Steel." (Lionsgate)

Jackie Chan returns to full action hero mode in "Bleeding Steel," out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. 

There's a nonsensical sci-fi plot that seems to be set in a slightly futuristic version of today. A young woman has been implanted with an artificial heart intended for a race of cyber-soldiers and a failed iteration of the experiment wants her gear. Jackie is her dad, who's left the police force to shadow and protect her as she's grown up with zero memory of her past. None of it makes a lick of sense, but that's not really the point.

Much of the movie was shot in Australia and the centerpiece is a battle against a goth henchwoman (Tess Haubrich) atop Sydney's iconic Opera House. There's a bit more digital enhancement that Jackie would've allowed back in the 80s or 90s but the effect is up to his high standard.

There's goofy humor, some car chases to give the old man a rest and a few more effective martial arts fight scenes. Jackie still commands big audiences all over Asia and remains one of the highest-paid actors in the world. He may not be 100% motivated to find better scripts than this one but it would be nice to see him use his remaining action skills in something more worthy of his talents.

That said, there's more here for Jackie Chan action fans than most of his recent movies. Ignore the plot and enjoy the ride.

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