The Myth is said to be one of the projects Jackie Chan felt really strongly about, and it’s easy to understand why. This is an enticing and story, set in two different times and environments, and one in which Jackie gets the opportunity to do some serious acting. He duals as the architect Jack in modern day China and as general Meng Yi in Qin-era China some 2 000 years ago.
During a trip to Dasar, India, Jack and his friend William stumble upon an ancient sword from the Qin Dynasty, and a magical gemstone that appears to be able to defy the force of gravity. The finds lead them to a mythical mausoleum, and Jack soon starts to experience some strange dreams that seem to connect him with the past. He sees himself reincarnated as Meng Yi, a general who fell for the First Emperor’s beautiful concubine and had to make a devastating choice between love and honour. Secrets are to be discovered but the closer Jack comes to the final truth, the more he gets lost between the past and the present.
The Myth is not the ordinary Jackie Chan movie – and that’s exactly as it should be. After all, Jackie has more to offer than comedy, fighting and stunning stunts, and in this film he certainly shows it. He is nothing less than brilliant as general Meng Yi ; his portrait of the tragic general is really fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking.
Of course it’s unavoidable, when reviewing a Jackie Chan film, to mention the action sequences. Even after Jackie’s performances in Little Big Soldier and The Shinjuku Incident it seems almost impossible for some to accept and acknowledge that Jackie is an actor. But The Myth isn’t an action movie, and it’s not supposed to be. That doesn’t mean a true Jackie Chan fan should be disappointed though; there are enough impressive acion and battle scenes in this film to satisfy any need for action – and they are, in fact, surprisingly raw and bloody, shot in a hard-hitting way not seen before in a Jackie Chan movie. I mean, have you ever seen Jackie Chan literally stand on a mountain of dead bodies after a battle? I didn’t think so. But in this movie you will. No comic prop fighting – no laughs – this is about life and death.
The Myth is, by any standards, an really good epic adventure filled with majestic shots and fantastic locations. And Jackie Chan delivers – as always.