"Rush Hour 3"
Directed by Brett Ratner.
Written by Jeff Nathanson.
Starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Hiroyuki Sanada and Max Von
Release Year: 2007
Review Date: 8/11/07
I thought the first two "Rush Hour" films
were pretty good--and, I loved the second film even more than the
first--so I was happy to see that Chris Tucker finally got off his
ass to make this third film (he had held out for money soon after
the second one came out, then did some soul-searching for the last
few years). It's not perfect, but there are some great laughs
to go with some not-too-bad action sequences.
Chinese Inspector Li (Jackie Chan) and
American Detective Carter (Tucker) are back, and when the action
opens, Li is in Los Angeles to help protect an ambassador with
details on the Triad networks worldwide when he is shot by an
unknown assassin during a presentation. Li tracks down the
shooter, only to learn that this shooter is none other than his
foster brother Kenji (Hiroyuki Sanada, also currently in
after meeting up with Carter in LA, the twosome get back together to
follow a trail that leads from California all the way to Paris to
track down Kenji and his team of Triad members.
The plot is fairly silly, but what summer
franchise has had a great plot in '07? I can't think of any,
really, so the lightweight plot of "Rush Hour 3" just gives more
room to the returning stars and director Brett Ratner (who did the
other two films as well) to give us some good laughs and the
trademark Chan style of light-and-easy fighting and physical humor
that has made him such a world-renowned genius. Tucker, as
funny as he is, does have that high-pitched voice which can be a
little grating in long doses, but thankfully, the filmmakers
understand that and give us not only a mix of other characters to
play off of Tucker but to also make the film a bit shorter than the
others (a quick 90 minutes) and to have Tucker sing on occasion too;
the film's best scene is a cabaret number featuring Tucker and Chan
singing to a French audience while trying to hustle a key character
(Noémie Lenoir) out of the building.
I thought the stuntwork and the action
overall were just better in "Rush Hour
2"; here, we get a couple of cool bits with Chan running up some
walls here and there, but the tag-team fighting bits are not present
here since the Li character spends more time on his own avoiding
trouble while Tucker's Carter has gone off and learned some martial
arts, meaning he is not (quite) as reliant on Li to always bail him
out of trouble. But otherwise, "Rush Hour 3" is a lot of fun
and makes a great capper to a funny action/comedy series.
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