Operation Condor 2: The Armour of God
The adventurer, Jackie 'the Asian-hawk' Condor (Jackie Chan), thought that his next mission was going to be a very simple one for him to accomplish. He was given a special key to unlock a secret chamber hidden under an
that housed some stolen German gold. Plus in addition to this, was also going
to be accompanied by accomplished tracker, Arabic Temple
(Carol Cheng), to guide him to this location as well. Ada
But no! How was Jackie supposed to know that before he and Ada set off, he would have to fight some renegade solders, beat up two jovial Arab men, and then have the German Granddaughter who stole the gold initially, Elsa (Eva Cobo de Garcia), come along with him on this venture also?
Still, that's what happened, and that is what Jackie has to put up with whilst avoiding a lot of other things during his time with his two female companions.
For example, the renegade solders return and attempt to take the key off of him at the hotel he is staying at. Next, once they are all in the desert, he has to save Eva and Elsa from some Arab slave traders whom accost them. After that, he has to avoid the two jovial Arab men whom he fought previously. And finally, he and the girls have to penetrate the
and retrieve the gold. Arab
Ha! I am afraid to say that this is not an easy thing for them to do. The path is barred by the keepers of this temple you see, just as soon as the renegade solders return for some pay-back.
Well, I suppose that is why what next transpires is a right pain in the hieroglyphics I can tell you. As the Germans are on the go - beware of the dangerous beaux - the gold is ready for show - and the whole temple is going to blow.
BOOM! Now who wants some water?
Now please allow me get something straight before I start off my review on this film, OK? In
this movie was released prior to its predecessor, 'Armour of God' (click here
for review), which is why it was given the name 'Operation Condor' in the America ,
rather than 'Operation Condor - The Armour of the Gods 2'. Also, for all you
trivia fans out there, in the U.S.
version, Jackie Chan dubbed himself, and the Momoko presentation was cut out of this flick. US
Oh! And before I forget, Eva Cobo de Garcia is the same woman who was in this previous movie. She just cut her hair short and dyed it blond to look different is all.
You see, where the bad is concerned, I have to say that the overall style and presentation of this flick is kind of slap-dash in execution. One minute it is light and cartoon-like in tone. And the next minute it is moody and has a rather bold eighties vibe about to it. Plus in addition to this, the whole opening sequence was a bit too much to swallow. Jackie penetrates a rustic temple with men dressed with papier-mâché head gear - he steals a piece of green glass - and then he makes his escape in a giant golf ball.
However, where the rest of 'Operation Condor - Armour of God 2' is concerned, it was blooming fantastic!
My own personal favourite thing about this flick is the relentless set pieces whenever Jackie and the girls get into trouble. For example, there is this whole thing going on at the hotel, where Jackie and the ladies are attacked by the soldiers, and they all slap, jump, kick, and grab at each other, so that the bad guys can not get their hands on 'the special key'. Also, there is that whole end sequence where Jackie and these same two soldiers, fight it out in some sort of wind chamber, all of them just holding on to dear life whilst they are blown about all over the place like a bunch of stray balloons.
Also, I have to mention some of the comedy in this film as well, as it does come across as more laugh-fu than kung-fu at times. Please note, I am not trying to say that the martial arts' deployed in this movie is bad by any means. Rather, that the comedy does take precedence where the action is concerned. And in my humble opinion, it is really funny visual comedy too - especially where Carol and Eva are concerned - as they are very good at it. Here, check out this blooper reel...
Overall, 'Operation Condor - Armour of God 2' is a really great film to watch if you want a laugh, see some inadvertent nudity, have a snigger at some funny Arabs (who don't seem to have any bearing on the plot), plus have a very good time with a very silly flick. Moreover, it is a film you can just sit back and relax to, and have a good time watching some mindless fun for and hour and forty.
So if you are a fan of this films predecessor, or maybe some of Jackie's other movies like 'Wheels on Meals' or 'Police Story 2' - this is defiantly one for you.
Silly story - great action - tasteful nudity.
THE RATING: A-