October 22, 2017

Rebel Reel Review: Jackie Chan’s “The Foreigner,” and finding peace

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

The Foreigner, the first major Jackie Chan movie in a decade, is finally here. Questions:

Does Jackie Chan still captivate millions like he did earlier in his career?

Is this a transition film for an aging movie legend into other genres?

From a Christian point of view, why is this movie unsettling, and what does it say about finding "peace"?

Critic Review  3/5
Viewer Review  2/5
Faith Review  1/5

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commented 2017-10-23 21:14:49 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

I am not even a Hip fan personally, but it just seems odd to me that The Rebel couldn’t take a minute to acknowledge a Canadian hero and icon.

It just seems to me to be basic journalism. Someone important dies – it gets reported. The Rebel’s “birth mother” reported on it extensively beyond these two examples:


I get a feeling that Ezra didn’t want to acknowledge Gord, because he was friends with Trudeau and we can’t have one day where we set aside our differences.
commented 2017-10-23 20:08:01 -0400

I’m not supporting the case you are making. Simple.

Anyway, I hope you can overcome your great disappointment & shock in all this, just remember, there is lots of footage you can look at time and time again. CBC ran some great stuff on Downie, this is a very rare example of the state broadcaster using my tax dollars in a fantastic way!

I’m on to other reports. Peace be with you!
commented 2017-10-23 19:10:37 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,


How can you say it isn’t unprofessional. Isn’t The Rebel a legitimate Canadian news source? Isn’t the death of a Canadian icon newsworthy?

The fact that pretty much every news source on the planet covered this in some capacity should tell you that The Rebel screwed up here – as a news source, as supposed journalists and as Canadians.

It’s hilarious that you are trying to make the case for why they shouldn’t cover a very important Canadian.
commented 2017-10-23 18:24:45 -0400
Oh the air must be thin way up there in your ivory tower!

Now you call it unprofessional of Rebel not to have reported on Gord Downie. Eye roll!

I don’t think it’s a screw up, if ET Canada didn’t cover the passing of a great Canadian talent, then, it would be a screw up. I would probably e-mail their editor to ask what’s up?!

I am not upset with Rebel and do not share your “disappointment” – you did ask if anyone else felt this way. So far, a couple of people have responded, and, obviously you don’t like our answers. So what!
As I have already mentioned, I do not recall Rebel doing any retrospectives on musicians, painters, actors etc… It would make sense if one was done on an influential politician for example.
commented 2017-10-23 18:01:38 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,



Yes, apparently my expectations were too high to expect The Rebel to acknowledge a Canadian icon.

What was I thinking?

It’s not a matter of grief at all – it’s just simply unprofessional for The Rebel to say nothing. I was under the impression that The Rebel were trying to sell themselves as a legitimate media source and so when important people die, they will of course cover it like they should. Even Fox News covered it. How can Fox News cover it, when honestly they couldn’t care less – but The Rebel doesn’t even mention Gord’s name.

Can you really not concede that this was a poor editorial decision in this specific instance? Are you able to admit when The Rebel screw up? We both know I am right here, but you will defend The Rebel to the death even when they are wrong.
commented 2017-10-23 17:05:14 -0400
JACK, you forget, Rebel wasn’t created to meet your expectations; trolls show up all the time! One of the more persistent trolls changes his handle quite often, but, not his writing style or the content of his posts.
Even if Rebel decided to do a report on Gord Downie, you would deride it anyway.

So, go back and look at your posts on this thread & re-read phrasing and tell me they are not statements posed as questions; that practice is disingenuous. While we are on the topic of not one word said. I find it shocking Trudeau didn’t lay a wreath at the War memorial last year on October 22 (it was the second anniversary of a horrible terrorist attack).

This is where Cpl Nathan Cirillo was murdered by a jihadist, who then stormed Parliament Hill, and was shot dead by the Sergeant at Arms before he could kill anyone else. The public certainly noticed this, and, Trudeau couldn’t ignore it this year, could he?!!!

So, if you are truly overcome with grief that the Rebel didn’t provide you with a tribute to Gord Downie, e-mail Ezra and perhaps on the one year anniversary of Gord’s death, Rebel can mention it at the end of one of their reports and play Wheat Kings.
commented 2017-10-23 16:19:11 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,


No, I asked you to further clarify your point and there is nothing disingenuous about naturally expecting a Canadian news source to cover a Canadian icon and being shocked when they didn’t say one word.

If you worked for The Rebel and a co-worker came up to you and said: should we cover Gord Downie today – would you really say no – everyone else is going to do it, we need to talk about America news and Playboy having a trans model.
commented 2017-10-23 15:49:22 -0400
Terry, I will add James and the Hargave family to my prayers.
commented 2017-10-23 15:42:44 -0400
James Hargrave,34, leaves behind his wife and four young children. Prayers for the family would be good.
commented 2017-10-23 15:38:28 -0400
Jack, there you go again disguising statements as questions!!!
Your interest is disingenuous.

Has the Rebel published other retrospectives when other Canadian icons die? If they have, I missed them obviously.

What was ET Canada’s report like? That seems to be the only one I didn’t catch.
commented 2017-10-23 15:06:42 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

So to clarify, you don’t think The Canadian Rebel should cover the deaths of important Canadians. Let everyone else do that, because The Rebel needs to talk about Trump instead?

It just seems like a basic and important thing to cover to me for any news source. Newsworthy people die, you do a story or report on it.
commented 2017-10-23 15:03:35 -0400
I felt a greater loss with the death of an Albertan fighting wildfires here in Sakatchewan. But ya, that poet was a Canadian icon.
commented 2017-10-23 14:57:53 -0400
Jack, forgot to add to my post – Nope, I’m not disappointed!
commented 2017-10-23 14:55:52 -0400
Gord Downie tributes since his death, some radio stations play TH tracks all weekend, TV – reports all saying practically the same thing , music vigils in multiple locations, interviews with grieving fans, broadcasting Long Time Running….Trudeau cried tears for all of us!

No doubt about it, Gord Downie will be missed by many & he was a Canadian icon. I personally didn’t need any more retrospectives and tributes, thanks to Rebel, I could take a break from all that when I wanted!
commented 2017-10-23 14:47:22 -0400
Didn’t say that. You asked if anyone else found it dissapointing. Of course they should be covered, but not by everyone at everytime. I’m sure you were happy with CBC coverage.
commented 2017-10-23 14:14:34 -0400
Terry MacLeod,

You don’t think Canadian news sources should cover such things – especially the death of a Canadian icon?

So if Rush, Bryan Adams and Celine Dion die in some horrible accident – that’s not newsworthy at The Rebel as far as you are concerned?
commented 2017-10-23 14:07:53 -0400
Frank Hohimer; Nope.
commented 2017-10-23 13:39:15 -0400
Does anyone else find it disappointing that The Rebel didn’t do a report on Gord Downie considering The Rebel is Canadian and Downie was a Canadian icon?
commented 2017-10-23 10:22:46 -0400
BEN DAVIES, your scripture reference, 1 Peter 3:9, kinda jumped out at me…It came out of the blue for one thing – the last thing I expected to see in a movie review – and the verse itself kinda brought me up short too.
It is definitely not easy being a Christian these days…especially with all the demons and ghouls walking around amongst us…
I look forward to another review.

Might I suggest you watch “BIG JIM MCLAIN”, 1952, starring John Wayne, and hopefully review it, because it has some things to say that are so incredibly relevant to today, that it knocked me out of my chair! Especially if you have read Dinesh D’Souza’s eye-opening book, “THE BIG LIE: Exposing the NAZI Roots of the American Left”…
Reading some reviews today, it is apparent the left really hates this film.
Spoiler Alert. This is not a pro-communist film.
commented 2017-10-23 10:12:03 -0400
Oh yes Moose, you gripe about Tommy Robinson too!
commented 2017-10-23 10:09:30 -0400
Space Moose has recommended Culture Report on another thread, I’m reposting here:

TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT commented seconds ago
Space Moose, isn’t that miscreant Caolan running the site you are recommending?
All the reports are from approximately one month ago. Guess what, when you add up all the time of the of the 15 videos it amounts to 112 minutes and 29 seconds.

Space Moose, what I have noticed is you never pass up the chance to insert Caolan into your posts when you gripe about Ezra; petitions or paywalls. I think you are crushing over this young man. I doubt he would give you the time of day unless you pay him!
commented 2017-10-23 09:25:48 -0400
Space Moose, your requests for more free stuff from the Rebel on YOUR schedule is really tedious.
Like I said, show some patience grasshopper!
Go and gobble up all the free movie reviews you want.
commented 2017-10-23 07:07:10 -0400
I agree. Movie reviews shouldn’t be behind a pay wall. The other content is fine.

I do find it interesting that critics are calling The Foreigner Chan’s best movie in years, since he has had a run of really lame comedy films for a while. This is like a comeback for Chan.
commented 2017-10-23 02:35:19 -0400
It’s a movie review, FFS. I can get a movie review anywhere on the internet for free.
commented 2017-10-22 23:14:40 -0400
Space Moose:
I subscribe to TheRebel; the annual fee is reasonable, and gives me full access to everything they produce. And, it supports this worthwhile endeavour, perhaps the only conservative national news outlet.
commented 2017-10-22 20:45:14 -0400
Oh forgot to add something in my last post. Rebel does post a fair amount of free content. Like it or not Space Moose, companies do limit freebies.
Subscribers paying for premium content do get advantages, this is one of them.
Moose, check again tomorrow, you will probably will find a clip with some or perhaps all of Ben Davies review, exercise some patience!
commented 2017-10-22 20:39:42 -0400
Space Moose,
Man it was interesting! Ben Davies gave his rationale for rating The Foreigner as he did. Though I’m not a huge Jackie Chan fan, Ben’s review gives me something to think about.
He has added a Faith component to the standard review, I find that quite different & very refreshing!
The video lasted 5:44
commented 2017-10-22 18:21:43 -0400
A movie review is behind a pay wall?!
commented 2017-10-22 15:06:39 -0400
I love Jackie Chan, but can’t imagine him in a ‘slow’ movie. His comedic and physical skill has always been his attraction. Without Jackie I would probably never bother with this movie. A whole movie without his Cheshire grin and fancy foot work is hard to imagine as something I would sit through to the end though. He did all the amazing choreography in all his past movies. He was schooled in the Chinese circus. An amazing artist. Love him.