Operation Condor

The lost-Nazi-treasure-in-the-desert plot is so slapdash that it barely exists, but in Operation Condor — as in all Jackie Chan flicks — it’s the action that counts. Start with the James Bond-Indiana Jones prologue, in which Chan escapes an angry Amazon tribe by rolling down a mountain inside a big plastic ball. Fast-forward to a pinball-kinetic motorcycle-and-car chase that makes most Hollywood chases look like clanking demolition derbies. Then jump ahead to the who’s-got-the-gun tussle in a hotel room, which ends with almost everyone falling out a window or through a roof. And for Chan, who also directed, that’s just the warm-up! So who needs plot? B+

Operation Condor
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