Rush Hour 3 (DVD): Not so much of a “rush”

Hey all…

Been a while, but I thought I’d catch up on trying to write a few movie reviews as time allows.

The first of these is Rush Hour 3, which I watched on DVD (rented via Netflix). Yes, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are at it again.

[rating:2.5/4]

Here’s the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293564/

Inspector Lee (Chan) and Detective Carter (Tucker) have a long background going back to the first Rush Hour film ten years ago (1998). They revitalized the series with Rush Hour 2 in 2001, but haven’t appeared since then. I almost wish they hadn’t done a third one. I enjoyed the first two. Cliche and unoriginal as they were, they were fun to watch. Rush Hour 3 had a few funny scenes, but not enough to hold my attention.

The movie opens with Detective Carter doing traffic duty (poorly), and Inspector Lee handling protection for Ambassador Han (played by Tzi Ma). While addressing the World Criminal Court, an assassin attempts to kill Han and Carter & Lee jump in to save the day.

I have to admit I’ve liked Chris Tucker in other movies like the Fifth Element and the first couple of Rush Hour films, but he was a bit of a buffoon in this one. Not sure if it was the script or if he’s lost his touch, but except for one scene (where after a fight he was in with multiple attackers he started singing “Kung Fu Fighting“), he was a bit too clownish for my tastes. (Yes, this is coming from someone who loves Rowan Atkinson and Mr. Bean, I get the irony.)

Jackie Chan has some great fight scenes as per usual, which I did enjoy. He’s an amazing martial artist and has great comic timing, but even he couldn’t save this script. (Any time a character of his suggests renting an adult movie on the hotel pay per view, something is amiss.)

So if you liked the first two Rush Hour movies and have some time to kill, this one is ok. The schtick is pretty tired by now and Brett Ratner (the director) didn’t do much to save it for me.

That said, I’ll give this movie 2.5 out of 4 stars. Wait for it to come to television as it inevitably will.

Until next time… Enjoy the movies!
–Fitz

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