How long will it take you to realize the bigger the lie the bigger the fish. And so goes the sad story of Jerry told through lighthearted re-enactment and through the thoughts of his ex-wife and children. The conclusion of the film is less than lighthearted.
I have been in the middle of several high-level big stakes situations that Jerry found himself in. In one case the perpetrator was not as slick as he thought as he was made a couple of glaring mistakes I caught and the deal was never made. Interpol was soon after him. Another 230 million dollar situation was pulled off effortlessly by a slippery German.
“Starring Jerry” starts off big. In fact it is so big it is unbelievable but for someone like Jerry starting to suffer from cognitive decline there are some loose ends he simply failed to catch. But the “Shanghai police department” really pull off a beautiful performance until 32 minutes into the film the suspense, mystery and thrill evaporated. Jerry’s actions are cringe-worthy! How long would it take you to make the connections?
The film does an excellent job of presenting the story from Jerry’s mindset. Jerry does a superb job as an undercover agent for the Shanghai police. In fact he is the perfect agent!
Directed by Lawrence Chen. It plays at Slamdance Film Festival January 21/23.
A mix of the clever and simplistic that tells its message without being pedantic. A mandatory watch for those with elderly parents.
You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WwLaQTDtNU
RKS 2023 Film Rating 86/100.