Review Of Rush Hour 3

Review Of Rush Hour 3



Review Of Rush Hour 3
It's hard to​ think of​ a​ sadder commentary about Hollywood's sequel fetish than the existence of​ Rush Hour 3 .​
Dull, uninspired, and redundant, this third pointless movie in​ an​ action/comedy franchise that defines mediocrity doesn't even try to​ disguise the fact that its existence is​ a​ money-grab .​
I​ wasn't a​ fan of​ either previous Rush Hour film, but neither felt as​ tired and obligatory as​ this one .​
Aside from some amusing scenes with Chris Tucker and a​ nice déjà vu dance routine to​ War performed by Tucker and Jackie Chan, this movie offers nothing that wasn't done better in​ the other outings featuring these mismatched buddy cops .​
The wafer-thin plot has Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) protecting a​ Chinese diplomat during his stay in​ Los Angeles .​
He has top-secret information about the Triad crime syndicate but, before he can divulge it, he is​ shot .​
Lee, reunited with his former partner, Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker), vows to​ the consul's daughter, Soo Yung (Zhang Jingchu), that he will find the man who attacked her father .​
To do this, Lee and Carter must pursue Triad assassin Kenji (Hiroyuki Sanada) to​ Paris, where they are aided by an​ anti-American cab driver named George (Yvan Attal), who discovers that he has a​ taste for car chases and gunplay .​
As was true of​ Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2, this movie combines hit-and-miss comedy with lackluster action .​
The film doesn't have much of​ a​ pulse, and the excitement comes across as​ pallid when compared to​ last week's The Bourne Ultimatum (although at​ least the camera isn't afflicted with the shakes) .​
This movie is​ probably no more amusing than its predecessors, although it's hard to​ be sure .​
Nothing in​ any of​ the Rush Hour products has been roll-on-the-floor funny, and this one is​ no different .​
Especially lame is​ a​ riff on Who's on First that proves the stars of​ this movie have nothing on Abbot and Costello .​
There's also a​ parody of​ emotional moments in​ buddy movies featuring Elton John's Sorry Seems to​ Be the Hardest Word .​
Maybe that's supposed to​ be an​ apology to​ the audience by Brett Ratner .​
Also consider a​ scene featuring a​ lot of​ raw sewage that may on some level be a​ comment about where the franchise is​ headed .​
On of​ the many areas in​ which the movie disappoints (although, all things considered, it​ isn't unexpected), it's in​ the lack of​ physicality displayed by Jackie Chan .​
At age 53, he can no longer perform the kinds of​ stunts that made him an​ international star .​
Putting life and limb at​ risk in​ the line of​ duty are things for younger men .​
Most of​ Chan's most daring work has been passed on to​ stunt-men and there are hints of​ CGI (although not to​ the point where it's distracting) .​
The end-credit outtakes, which are typically a​ horror show of​ Chan's muffed stunts, are limited here to​ verbal bloopers, messed-up lines, and the occasional minor pratfall .​
Chan's gift for comedy appears as​ muted as​ his martial arts derring-do .​
At no time during Rush Hour 3 is​ he especially funny .​
My assumption has been that as​ Chan aged, he would gravitate more toward comedy, but this isn't a​ good start .​
Chris Tucker picks up a​ nice paycheck but none of​ the slack .​
However, while it's a​ stretch to​ call him likable, at​ least he's not as​ irritating as​ he was in​ Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2 .​
Both Chan and Tucker are outmaneuvered in​ the comedy department by Yvan Attal, whose character's love/hate relationship with American culture leads to​ some of​ the film's wittiest (and I​ use that word loosely) scenes .​
Max von Sydow, in​ concealed bad guy mode, is​ on hand to​ do what he does best with that glorious bass voice .​
(Now that Bergman is​ officially in​ his grave, he can turn over.) And Roman Polanksi has a​ cameo as​ a​ French policeman who anally rapes Lee and Carter .​
(Yes, you read that correctly .​
a​ PG-13 movie features anal rape - although, of​ course, it's only implied and is​ used to​ get a​ laugh.) Why Polanski would agree to​ play this part is​ anyone's guess; it's not the kind of​ thing that will help his less-than-sterling reputation .​
I​ kept waiting for Jean Reno to​ show up, since he always seems on hand in​ these English-speaking films set in​ France .​
Does Rush Hour 3 deliver what audiences expect of​ it? Only its most devoted fans will say yes .​
The formula is​ in​ place but the performers are going through the motions .​
It's a​ stale version of​ the previous movies, and they weren't all that great to​ begin with .​
One could argue that director Brett Ratner at​ least invested Rush Hour with some energy .​
Even during the climactic battle at​ the Eiffel Tower, there's nothing resembling that here .​
This is​ just another disposable summer movie - so lackluster that it's not even worth searching out when it​ plays on television .​
The Rush Hour experience, which never attained anything resembling full speed, has come to​ a​ crashing halt.




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