With out any rouble I can say that Rush hour 3 is definitely my favourite of the trilogy, and for good reason too! Although the first and second were actually really good this one just takes the edge.
Roman Polanski and the rest of the actors and editors have clearly really bonded and everything from the acting to the screen writing is just perfect here. There are some really tummy splittingly funny scenes especially with the 'you' 'me' sketch which is worth looking up on youtube cause it is so funny.
The film has several characters from the original film so it is a nice sort of family and friend reunion if you like. As this is the tired film also it has allowed you to get to know the characters and they way the behave. You can really get involved and close to the characters and can choose who to relate with again.
One of the great aspects of the film is that instead of making America the hero it is far more focused on the Chinese and martial arts side of the film along with keeping all the humour which is really a top act.
The martial art scenes are obviously very planned (I know they have to be) and with Jackie Chan's choreography and himself being his own stunt man it makes it all the more watchable.
I really enjoyed watching it once, twice, three times until I actually bought I and it is still good to watch or put on in the back ground.
It is not too deep that you have to watch it and get really involved and it is not too light for it to be a meaningless film. It has the perfect balance in this sense. There are some really great lines in it 'yes I am blananese'. That put a smile on your face what ever and although Chris Tucker may annoy you, he is without doubt perfect for the role!
With the success of the first two films still burning a hole in the linings of the pockets of Chan and Tucker, it was almost inevitable that Rush Hour 3 was going to get made. It is not without precedent, Lethal Weapon for example went onto launch THREE more sequels; each more risible and gradually more degrading for its actors than the last. Thankfully, this is not the case here with this series still managing to kind of go out on a high. Certainly this is not the strongest of the franchise and the cracks are indeed starting to show but Chan and Tucker still manage to pull off equally strong performances and this is at least entertaining even it loses some of the punch of the first two films....
This time around, when somebody attempts an assassination on Lee's old friend Han, who returns from the first film, himself and Tucker find themselves jetting off to Paris after the perpetrators. Cue lots of jokes about culture clash and a cameo by Roman Polanski as an offensive and less than welcoming French Police Detective. With the help of a humourous anti-American taxi driver, who goes on to become a very important ally in the busy French streets, the pair once again go on to face off against the Triads and a figure who has an important connection to Inspector Lee As in the first film, one weakness here is the use of an established actor as the chief bad guy, meaning that any hint of a plot twist is unsubtly ruined right from the start but then this series has always been less about the plot and more about the comedy-action. And thee is plenty of that here wherre the emphasis seems to be more focussed on the laughs.
Is it a total sucess? I would say yes but it is evident that it is about time they called it a day and said enough is enough as a fourth installment would leave as bad a taste in the mouth as Lethal Weapon 4 did with that series! And really, it would be a crying shame to stretch this franchise out any longer. With the action moving from L.A to Hong Kong and now to Paris, there really dosn't feel like there is any more mileage and this is satisfactorily a fitting closing chapter for this highly successful series. A gripping climatic battle fought on the Eiffel Tower (and how could it not be?) is a little bit unbelievable though still stunning but overall, I really quite enjoyed this. Yes, I think it works but only on the condition that this marks the end.
There may have been some DVD extras but if there were, I didn't notice any because I borrowed this off a mate who then decided very quickly he wanted it back! But if you enjoyed the first two, you will no doubt find enough here to enjoy too!
Detectives Lee and Carter are back in the third instalment of the series.Which sees them venture out to Paris in pursuit of a criminal mastermind.After the attempted assassination of ambassador Han,the duo arrive in Paris and the trouble immediately starts.They meet up with a French women who holds the key to finding the Triads leaders.It turns out that the man the are pursuing is Lees long last brother Kenji.Their race takes them from the depths of the underground to the top of the Eiffel tower.Kenjis mission is to kill the French girl who holds the secret to the Triads, will Kenji achieve this or can Han and Carter stop him???
I really liked the first two instalments of this series they were fresh funny and action packed.This however is a really big let-down,the story is weak at best and the action is just so random and pointless.The chemistry seems to have vanished from the first two films.As the two cops are just kind of thrown into random action sequences , from fighting a giant mAn to falling off the Eiffel Tower and using a parachute to save themselves.The comedy value is there but not as funny as the other 2 films , as i kind of knew what to expect it was just the same recycled crap.The same jokes and action between the two, there was nothing new.
The actors were not exactly tested, lets just throw JackiE Chan into a load of fight scenes doing flips over different things yawn yawn been there done that.Chris Tucker is poor in this , i didn't think actors performances got worse the more films they did. Typical role of a party loving womaniser , who infuriated me with his he pitched voice to the point where i wanted to kick my TV screen in ....... bad times.Although George the taxi driver saves the film.
The Cgi is so overused as-well there really is no need for this over the top rubbish, i would have preferred more realistic action sequences.It was blatantly just a cash in film and neither actor seems to be bothered with the role, and the crew seem to have put as little effort in as possible to making the film stand out.I cant believe it was actually released in the cinema , it should have gone straight to BBC3.
The tired same situations are played out , and it was just a case of deja vu pretty much throughout the whole film.I actually contemplated taking it back for a refund it was that poor.Now it just sits in my DVD collection gathering dust and feeling sorry for itself.
They could have done so much more with this series , this really lets it down,if you have watched the first two then you will feel like you have already seen this.
I paid £10.99 for the 2 disc version and its honestly the worst money i have ever spent,and also i am not going to get that time back i wasted watching it avoid like the plague.
This is an extremely good movie and in my view only slightly off the second Rush Hour.
Lee and Carter end up going to paris in search of a list of names. When Lee encounters his Brother on 'The other side of the law' this causes massive complications for the partenership when they head off to France to find the Triads. The two run into trouble at a local martial arts school while trying to access Soo Youngs locker and are denied this priveledge by a very big problem and stopping force.
There is a good amount of effects used in these movies, explosions etc. This makes the movie much more exciting to watch and really does enhance the storyline greatly.
The stroyline in this film is incredibly good and grabbing. It really does pull you in and you can get quite emotional over what happens in the movie if you are not careful!
This is by far the second best Rush Hour film and debatebly the best. This is because of the humorous side of the film as everyone enjoys a comedy and this really is one of the best comedies!
I would stongly recommend purchasing this movie but also purchasing the box set of the trilogy as all of the Rush Hour Movies are brilliant and are good fun for all of the family.
Even if you cant buy this movie rent it because you need to see it! I rented this movie to watch and then went and bought the trilogy 3 days later!
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Written by: Jeff Nathanson (Characters - Ross LaManna)
Genre: Action - Comedy - Crime - Thriller
Released: 26th December, 2007 (DVD)
Chris Tucker (Detective James Carter)
Jackie Chan (Chief Inspector Lee)
Hiroyuki Sanada (Kenji)
Youki Kudoh (Dragon Lady)
Max von Sydow (Varden Reynard)
Yvan Attal (George)
Noémie Lenoir (Genevieve)
Jingchu Zhang (Soo Yung)
Tzi Ma (Ambassador Han)
When an attempt is made on Ambassador Han's life just as he was about to divulge the names of the nefarious triad leaders, Chief Inspector Lee must find those responsible for the assassination attempt, and discover the identity of the triad leaders. Forever lurking in his shadow, Detective James Carter comes to Lee's assistance, and the two travel to Paris. When they come across Genevieve, a woman who knows the identity of the triad leaders, they are forced to protect her from those who would rather their names be kept a secret, and making this task all the more difficult is the kidnapping of the ambassador's daughter - whom the triads want to exchange for Genevieve.
'Rush Hour 3' is just another one of those half-witted sequels that are spat out at regular intervals by studios wanting to make a quick buck. Unfortunately, they've made loads of money with this movie, and you have to wonder how they manage to capture an audience with antics best left to Laurel and Hardy or the Marx Brothers.
Chris Tucker, in my opinion, is the most obnoxious and untalented actor ever to have popped up on our screens. His 'over-done' comedic antics are nauseatingly un-humoristic, and watching him fumble from one scene to the next is like watching Jim Carrey's 'The Mask' over and over and over again! It's downright inhumane! As for Jackie Chan - well - I just happen to like Jackie, but I like him more when he is given humorous dialogue. Jackie is the lovable sort, the type who can easily draw a smile or a chuckle when he is allowed a bit of Tomfoolery - but the writers did not give Jackie the opportunity in this sequel. Such a waste of talent really - producers, directors and writers would do well to take advantage of Jackie's guileless nature and innocent-looking face. Jackie is above all a martial-arts expert, but his knack for comedy is what makes him such a winner. Remove the comedy, and all you have left is the action. The truth is, Chris Tucker is a lousy comedian, and should not have been made to 'carry' the movie on his own. A bit of 'Jackie' humour would have gone a long way into making this movie, if not great, then definitely good.
There are, in my opinion, far too many sequels out there - I've said it before, and I'll say it again; "Don't make a sequel unless it stands to surpass the original." Nothing bugs me more than a rubbish sequel - except perhaps for Chris Tucker.
This movie is devoid of witty dialogue and 'real' humour - what it does have is 97 minutes of asinine slapstick and a few wonderfully-choreographed 'brawl' scenes. There is also the 'usual' chase scene through the streets, a few stunts, a bit of special-effects, but my personal favourite, something that far surpasses the entirety of the movie - the gag reel!
What does that say about a movie when the only thing truly funny is the gag reel?
I loved the first two Rush Hour movies, however with this third installment something was missing and everyone knows exactly what to expect here. Once again Chan and Tucker team up as mismatched cop buddies on the traill of some conspiracy. Chan seems to be getting too old for this and is going at less then half the pace as he did in first two rush hour movies and Chris Tucker instead of pulling of good gags is just shreiking his way through this film. It's simply ridiculous as they have taken his motor mouth to the next level and I even at one point was wishing they would kill his character off.
Everything in this movie is predictable, from the shock twist that you can probabaly guess in the first five minutes of the movie to the silly music that comes in when the duo arrive in Paris.
There is a mixture of comedy and action in this film, like in the first two Rush Hours, but the bad guys aren't as memorable and the jokes based around them just aren't as good. The final sequence at the top the Eiffel Tower however is pretty good and makes the film overall a decent movie to watch. As the movie comes to an end I am sure everyone feels than in the last hour they have had one rush too many.
Chris Tucker is a very rich man after reportedly being paid in the region of $25 million for the reprisal of his role Detective Carter in 'Rush Hour 3'. I think that the majority of people will be wondering who on earth Chris Tucker is (apart from the man in 'Rush Hours 1 and 2'). The fact is that he has done little to nothing between 'Rush Hour' films than count his cash. Pre-Jackie Chan collaboration I have only seen him in 'The Fifth Element' and 'Dead Presidents'. What does he have that deserves $25 million? Personally I find it outrageous that an actor who cannot get paid work elsewhere is given so much for one film. It goes to show what appearing in a successful franchise can do for your bank balance. With the first two films in the series not exactly being the best action comedies ever can 'Rush Hour 3' justify its costs?
Detectives Lee and Carter are back for their third adventure when a Chinese ambassador is threatened with assassination the duo must investigate before he is killed. They have already been to America and China in their films so instead we are taken to France and in particular Paris. In a foreign land alien to both detectives can they use their unconventional methods to once more uncover the truth? A beautiful woman could hold the key to the whereabouts of a meeting between the leading Yukuzas. Carter and Lee must traverse gangsters as well as the French if they are to be successful.
'Rush Hour 3' was a guilty pleasure for me as I was not allowed to watch it until my partner was out for the day. She point blank refused to watch what looked like it could be an awful film. Therefore, one day I was alone to eat a cinema size pack of Revels and watch the third instalment of this average series. Luckily, I was surprised to be entertained throughout, even if I did have some reservations about the film.
Firstly, it is important to leave your brain at the door if you plan to watch this film and enjoy it. I never remembered the first two films being so broad in their humour, but '3' contains many elements of slapstick and vaudeville humour. I was amazed at how many slightly off colour jokes the film could make about the French/Chinese/Black people on show! Thankfully, it all done in an innocent fashion and just manages to pull it off without feeling like a racists 70s comedy. I found myself chuckling along at some of the dafter moments, but I can tell that some people will absolutely hate the humour on show here as it is incredible cheesy.
Like in any film starring Jackie Chan the fight scenes are an important factor and that is certainly the case here. 'Rush Hour 3' comes under the average banner of Chan films as the fight scenes are amusing, but nowhere near his best. The section set on the Eiffel Tower is fun, and the fight against the female assassin, but apart from that they lacked imagination. One scene that sees both Tucker and Chan fighting a very tall man is bizarre and a little creepy!
What 'Rush Hour 3' essentially does is gives you more of the same. The storyline is almost identical to that of the first two, and like in both those films the conclusion is clear from about 20 mins in. I would have preferred them to have tried making things a little bit unique; instead we are offered the same jokes in a different setting. There will be no prizes handed out to this film because even in terms of mediocre action comedies it sits in the middle. There is no real reason to bother watching this as the first two films provide the same experience, but are infinitely fresher in their execution. Despite its turgid nature I still found myself enjoying the film. Perhaps it was the large bag of sweets that I ate, but I could not stop myself from smiling. I certainly do not require any more films in the series - especially if it means more money for Mr Tucker!
Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker
Price: Amazon uk £4.98
There are some extras on the disc, but nothing essential. A director's commentary and deleted scenes prove the most extensive. However, like in most Chan movies the best extras are already included with the gag reel playing over the ending credits.
I recently rented out Rush Hour 3 (2007) starring martial arts expert cum actor Jackie Chan and US funny man Chris Tucker, to pass away a wet evening. (We've had lots of them this summer here in Ireland.)
For those of you who haven't had the dubious pleasure of watching the original Rush Hour (1998) and its sequel Rush Hour 2 (2001) all three movies star the aforementioned actors who play two cops, one Chinese and the other from Los Angeles, who join forces to make up a duo to take on the multifarious bad guys, and hopefully to get the film audience rocking with laughter in their seats in the process.
To accomplish this feat they use a mixture of hip one line gags and non-stop action that is naturally inclined towards showcasing the comedy of Chris Tucker and the martial arts skills of Jackie Chan. Throw in guns, fast cars and good looking ladies to the mix and you have a recipe that is almost sure to entertain and take big bucks at the box office.
To be honest, this is probably the main (if not only) reason this movie, number three in the series, was made at all. Movies one and two had gross takings of over $350 million in the USA alone so I suppose it was only a matter of time before the money men in Hollywood decided to release another film in order to milk the cash cow. Hopefully this will be the last time they do so as Rush Hour 3 wasn't nearly as good as the two previous movies. The gags weren't so funny, and the action sequences and interaction between Chan and Tucker were a case of "same old, same old".
What of the plot. Well, again it's a case of "same old, same old". Tucker and Chan are out to foil the bad guys, but this time they're running around Paris causing havoc and mayhem instead of Los Angeles or Hong Kong. Of course, the triads are involved. In fact, they're mission this time around is to foil attempts to assassinate Ambassador Han, (Tzi Ma) who has been appointed by the World Criminal Court to investigate and close down the dreaded Chinese gangs for good.
There's plenty of martial arts action, plenty of one line gags and verbal football between Tucker and Chan, and some pretty good action scenes with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. But somehow the film just doesn't seem to gel in the same way as the first two, probably because the audience is now getting used to the format. It definitely needed freshening up, and I hope that the promise (threat) from the director Brett Ratner that he can make as many Rush Hour movies as Chan and Tucker are prepared to do isn't fulfilled. In my opinion, it's now time for both actors to move to pastures new.
I watched a rental DVD, so there were no extras to speak of, just the usual set up menus, language selection, scene selection, etc. But I believe there has been a two-disc special edition DVD released with a host of extras. It's available at Amazon in the UK for a mere £4.98, and is reduced in price from £19.99. This massive price drop probably says more about the lack of popularity of Rush Hour 3 than I can in this review.
I wouldn't rush out to buy this DVD, but it's OK to pass away an hour or two once it's released on the satellite movie channels.
© KenJ September 2008
The third instalment of the long awaited rush hour trilogy came with a bang, as Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker hit the screens again; this was very much a movie "blow-out".
The film had a lot to deliver, would it really be able to live up to its hype? After recent finales of trilogies such as the Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Bourne franchises excelled. Proving themselves beyond the box office sales, it would be a real fight for the Rush Hour franchise to live up to expectations.
The storyline was set three years after the previous film, beginning with the familiar Chinese music. Although the actual film was set long after the previous two, with Rush Hour (1998), and Rush Hour Two in 2001, this is the type of film where the children would have to ask their dad what all the fuss was about, and the question is, will it really be shooting to the same audience it was 7 years ago?
Following on from the previous storyline, the film continues to base itself around the destruction of the triads; a crucial line in doing this is the fabled myth of "Shai-shen", which in brief is a list of triad "dragonheads". The quest of the two police officers is to attain this and bring about the fall of the Triads. Unfortunately, things never go so smoothly for the two action heroes, with startling CGI (Computer generated image), things really do "blow up" for the pair.
Jackie Chan's stunts, and Chris Tucker's humour, is not to be missed, the couple's on screen chemistry is the highlight of this film, their constant bickering and mockery of each other really does bring a warmth to the audience; sadly, this was the only part of the film that felt real.
With a crazed cab driver, a bald French woman, and a "Brother from another mother", this film seems to be set on its way for the hall of fame, alas no.
Predictably, the end follows a "surprising" turn, unfortunately, this film felt more like a final gasp for the rush hour franchise, and regrettably New Line Cinema made it so, once you'd seen the start of the film it was very easy to envisage what would happen at the end. And although this film has been in production for seven years, it felt more like it had taken the producers seven months, the scenes seemed to be an imitation of its predecessor Rush Hour 2, just on a different continent.
Even so the show must go on, so the audience were subjected to sit through ninety minutes of a narrative they had already seen, with the some-what "heroic" Inspector Lee (Chan), and Detective Carter (Tucker) constantly emerging from fights unscathed. This obviously wasn't going to be a tragic love filled ending between the two cops, finishing in true new line style, Brett Ratner brung about a happy ending, with the two dancing off down a Paris street. Wait hasn't this happened twice previously? Déjà vu no?
The only refreshingly new part of this film was the use of an actual new character, that's right; New Line Cinema actually did have auditions to recruit new characters. The character "George" brought about humour to the Europeans, not so much to the Americans though I'd imagine. The constant mockery and condemnation of America gave the viewers something new to laugh about, however short-lived; George really did put the views of all Europeans into a few beautifully phrased sentences.
The verdict must be that the film lacked important qualities which make a moving picture into a box office hit. It has to be said that the creators couldn't hide their intentions well enough, gluttony and greed echoed through every scene.
This film was released back in august, 2007.It was written by Jeff Nathason and Ross LaManna and was directed by Brett Ratner. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are the two main characters if you haven't already seen rush hour 1+2.
After and assassination on ambassador han, carter and lee head off to Paris to protect a French with knowledge of the triads' secret leaders. Since i first seen this film i have really liked it i have watched it like 10 times and i have still not got tired of it.it is a mix of action comedy and crime.trouble starts when Jackie and tucker head out to Paris to find out what the triads secret is.At the age of 53 Jackie Chan is still really fast,flexible and agile.this a great comedy film and is definitely a must for all Jackie Chan lovers, plus if you liked rush hour 1 and 2 then you will really love this one!!
Rush Hour 3
I'm a person who likes a good comedy and in all fairness I'm willing to take a few jokes I've heard before but this film... It just seems like the whole film has been done already, in the first 2 films I suppose. It was years ago I saw the first two Rush Hour movies, but I remember them well enough to know this one had nothing original in it. The jokes had been used time and time again and the story, well it was terrible. I'm really struggling to find anything good about this film, as it was a complete let down. All I can say is I'm glad I only rented it and didn't waste any more money on it. The stunts are pretty good, however they're all the same and stunts alone aren't going to keep many viewers fixed to the screen. If you like Jackie Chan movies then maybe you'd consider watching this, however for people out there looking for a good comedy to watch I'd say stay clear of this as you're likely to be disappointed.
Overall: 3/10 - "A complete let down"
Run Time: 91 mins
Rating: (12) for moderate violence (UK)
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Director: Brett Ratner
Cast: Jackie Chan, Tzi Ma, Roman Polanski, Max Von Sydow, Chris Tucker
Release Date: August 10th, 2007 (US, UK)
Certificate: PG-13 (US), 12A (UK)
The Rush Hour series, up to this point, is essentially cliché-riddled buddy cop fare that, whilst obnoxious to the point of lunacy (mostly thanks to the insufferable Chris Tucker), is actually considerably more enjoyable than you'd expect. The action scenes are thrilling, the chemistry between the two leads authentic, and overall, these films are just 85 minutes of silly fun.
I was intrigued at the bad press the third film has received, and more to the point, I had to disagree with the majority of the critical opinion. Whilst the third entry into this series is ridiculous, and shows sure signs of an already formulaic series wearing thin, it is no-less overblown and crazy than the previous two instalments, and just as fun
Ratner wastes no time at all in reminding us just how irritating Chris Tucker's James Carter can be, his usual high-pitched shrieking piercing our ear drums mere seconds into this film. I couldn't help but laugh, though, as when two white women are involved in a car crash with a black man, Carter is very quick to both lambast the white women, and ensure that the black driver is fine (and subsequently attempt to date the white women). Jokes like this are rudimentary and unsubtle, but I laughed at the absurdity of it - Tucker is so flagrantly annoying, and if he's aware of this, then in some twisted sense, he's a genius.
The premise is much the same as previously with a few variables reworked - Carter is now a traffic cop, and Lee (Chan) a bodyguard to Ambassador Han (Tzi Ma, returning from the first film). It's not long before an attempt is made on Han's life (which is narrowly unsuccessful), and soon enough, Lee is once again running at full speed, jumping around like, as John McClane would say, a "hamster", performing death-defying stunts. Lee is stultified to discover the assassin to be his godbrother, and mere seconds before he's about to bite the bullet, he's saved by Carter, throwing the two back into an uncomfortable partnership (given how the two haven't spoken in 3 years due to Carter wounding Lee's then-girlfriend). In short, it's much the same as before, but that need not be to the film's detriment, namely as it pertains to the outrageous stunt-work and fight choreography, which is as fresh, fun and visually-astounding as ever
Soon enough, Ambassador Han's rather fetching daughter shows up, now a fully grown woman (played by a different actress from the first film, I add), and it's not difficult to guess that she'll become the damsel-in-distress by the film's climax. Furthermore, either by means of consummate professionalism and respect, or by means of their libido (I'm sure you can work out which is which), Lee and Carter make a promise to her to capture those complicit in her father's shooting. As you can see, it's cliché, cliché, cliché.
Lee and Carter investigate a number of fruitless threads (including a pretty funny incident at a martial arts studio with the much-advertised "Yu?" gag, and an appearance by basketball giant Sun Ming Ming), and are beset upon by a gang of assassins (at which point we discover that Han's daughter is predictably quite the adept fighter herself). Whist interrogating one of the assassins, they discover that he is a French-speaking Asian (so at least the film usurps one stereotype rather than seeking to reinforce them all), and it's not long before Lee and Carter jet off to Paris to investigate further, a destination which, given the running time, took a little too long to get to.
I find it incumbent at this point to make comment on the surprising appearances from Max Von Sydow and Roman Polanski in Rush Hour 3. If you were to ask me "Guess which two men, one a famous actor, and one a famous and a highly controversial director, had minor appearances in Rush Hour 3?", my answer would have been along the lines of Will Smith or Jet Li, and as it pertains to the latter, probably Eli Roth or someone. Sydow's ever-recognisable voice is pleasant to hear as always, and he plays a more involved role than you might expect, something which I shan't give away. Polanski's role as a French police inspector is more or less a cameo, and merely something for film aficionados to feel smug about when they spot him.
Insane acrobatics, femme fatale characters and a host of other quirky personalities aside, perhaps the most impressive, and certainly the most memorable (for myself, at least) portion of the film was the scintillating, if disappointingly brief car-chase, which exhibits a number of ridiculously over-the-top wheel stunts and balancing acts. It was extremely fun, and given the absurd nature of the chase, quite original also.
After what loosely resembles a plot plays out, we get to our finale - there's the aforementioned damsel-in-distress, the well-meaning but clumsy protagonists, and the evil enemy, who just happens to have this familial tie to Lee. Everything converges atop the Eiffel Tower, where an impressively-shot standoff takes place, making it all the more unfortunate that this set-piece crumbles in its closing moments. We have an uncharacteristically redemptive villain in his final moments, and an unnecessary, and at times crude-looking use of CGI that caused me to step back and think to myself "Wait, this is a film". Considering this film is pure escapism, for it to invite feelings such as that is not encouraging. Also, after one final additional conflict, one final cliché is forced down our throats - that "let's fire a gun and not show who has been shot for a few seconds" technique that is criminally overused in Hollywood.
Ultimately, everything ties up nicely and an amusing gag reel accompanies the credits, and that's a rap. Despite my recent dislike for Ratner over his comments on critics and moreover, his views on arty films (or "pretentious arty films" as he called them), and whilst this does absolutely nothing new for an already pretty bloated genre, the set pieces are delightfully well-made and at times the film can be quite funny. I just hope that Ratner and company aren't blinded by the green and have the good sense to let sleeping dogs lie in regard to this series.
After a gap of 6 years the tag team buddy duo of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are back as the cop partners determined to fight each other as much as they fight criminals.
Chief Inspector Lee (Chan) is on security detail, protecting the Chinese Ambassador (originally seen in the first film). Ambassador Han is in New York to speak at an urgent security meeting at the UN. He is going to reveal details about the leader of the Triads, a name sort after by law agencies all across the world. An assassination attempt prevents this and leads to Lee being teamed up with Detective James Carter once more, much to his annoyance.
The trail leads our two heroes to France as they try to uncover not only who tried to kill Han but also who the leader of the Triads is.
I am of the opinion that Jackie Chan can do little wrong. He is a genuine superstar performer whose films are always a joy to watch, especially his early Hong Kong adventures which were a clever blend of comedy and action. His forays into Hollywood though have been, while enjoyable, very hit and miss. Generally most of them have been fun to watch but not worth more than one viewing compared with his real classics.
Rush Hour 3 sadly falls into the same category. It is mildly enjoyable, in places, but the overall experience falls very very flat.
The biggest problem with Rush Hour 3 is that it is not funny enough for a comedy and not action packed enough for an action film, and there isn't a good enough mix of the two to even be an action comedy.
Even worse than that though is that the plot makes absolutely no sense at all. There is so little of it that follows any logical direction that you just get completely fed up with it. None of the characters justifications for their actions really ring true, or even make a smidgeon of rational sense!
For example why is Carter allowed to go to France? Why does the duos main plan of action seem to be to rely on pure luck to achieve anything at all? I could go on it is that bad. Of course if the comedy or the action was top quality then you wouldn't really worry, or even notice, these faults. A good action film, or a good comedy, keep your attention away from most deficiencies in a plot by doing what they do best so that you don't even really care when you do spot them. Rush Hour 3 manages to fail so completely to do this that the entertainment factor of the film ends up being thinking about how to get around the plot holes instead of not noticing them.
What Rush Hour 3 tries to do is play the percentages... it has Jackie Chan kung fu set pieces and Chris Tucker fast talking and being a loud mouth, it also fashions the barest of a plot around them doing their 'thing' together and apart.
This time around though their buddy buddy stick comes across as old and tired. To bring out a new instalment of their adventures after so long a break they really needed a superlative script, like Die Hard 4.0. Rush Hour 3 fails at this miserably and never has a plot made so little sense, unintentionally, as this one.
It is a shame that a series of movies can be so totally ruined by bringing out one too many. Rush Hour 3 is a step to far and even though the stars are capable of more, well Chan is at least, see New Police Story to see how good he can still be, the plot and story fall to pieces.
Still Roman Polanski as a Police Official in France is amusing, even if it is only a brief appearance and Yvan Attal as George, the American hating taxi driver is worth fast forwarding/skipping to. His appearances being the only high point of the whole debacle apart from a hilarious interrogation scene involving a nun and a French speaking Asian thug.
Rush Hour 3 gets one star for Attal and the aforementioned scene, other than that it would get a miserly, but well deserved, 0.. if I could give it that!
The Rush Hour films are not exactly high art, they're standard buddy cop movies that follow the usual format of two characters coming together and despite their differences, beating the bad guys and saving the day.
The first film served its purpose and its main achievement for me was bringing the talents of Jackie Chan to a wider audience. It certainly made me check out his eastern films such as The Police Story series, films that show his madcap fight choreography and death defying stunts.
The second film was pretty much like the first, entertaining but easily forgettable; needless to say it was a bigger hit than the first.
Now this third instalment is a classic example of when a studio needs to put out another instalment of a cash cow just to bring in some of those big summer bucks.
The plot follows the usual path. Motormouth Carter (Chris Tucker) is found directing traffic after another one of his assignments goes awry. Meanwhile Lee (Chan) is accompanying a Chinese dignitary to address the world council over the triad crime organization. When an assassination attempt is made at the council meeting, it brings together Carter and Lee to try and solve the mystery. This takes them to Paris for some stereotypical capers involving shifty good guys who might be bad guys, comedy police inspectors and of course the obligatory showdown high up on the Eiffel Tower.
The problem with Rush Hour 3 is that is really struggles to offer something new on what is already a repetitive format. We've already seen Carter do his Michael Jackson impressions in previous instalments; do we really need to see it several times again? We've seen Carter try his moves on some hot women, no problem here it is again! The only thing that this film has going for it is again Chan's fight scenes but even these feel a little undercooked and lacking in playful humour.
Chan is enjoyable but for me Chris Tucker has just become incredibly annoying, his constant loud blabbering just grates and you just feel like slapping him. I don't think it's any coincidence that for the past ten years Tucker's only film ouput has been the Rush Hour series. Aside from that you have some bog standard asian casting for the bad guys, plus you can see the bad guy coming a mile off and it ain't Roman Polanski who crops in a cameo appearance.
Amazingly this film cost around $140 million to produce, I can only assume that a large amount of that went to its two stars and bling director Brett Ratner. Because there's nothing on screen that justifies that kind of spend. Ratner does his usual solid but uninspiring direction yet he seems to be under the illusion that his name carries some weight with an audience, well Mr Ratner you are not a Scorcese or a Spielberg, once you've made something of note then may be you can have your name in big letters on the poster and have voice over man announce your name on the trailer. But until then lacklustre efforts such as this and your take on X-Men simply don't cut the mustard.
This franchise should now be closed because when you even struggle to fill 80-minutes of screentime then you know the game is up.
- The DVD -
Rush Hour 3 is shown in widescreen and gives you a nice crisp picture throughout. The film also has some good moments that utilize the surround sound of a home cinema, it's not one to show off the home cinema but you get ample blast for your buck.
- Extras -
I saw this on a rental, the retail version comes with a good selection of extras but after the film I would not be interested in seeing them. All this disc offers is an average trailer complete with the Brett Ratner announcement at the end.
- Finally -
The Rush Hour series was always entertaining three star at best stuff but this third effort just feels like an exercise in safe money making.
When an assassin tries to kill ambassador Han just as he's about to reveal details regarding the men behind the triad's it leads to another adventure for Lee (Jackie Chan) and Carter (Chris Tucker). This time the adventure will take them to Paris as they try to find out who was responsible for the attempt on Ambassador Han's life. At the same time they have to protect the French woman who revealed the details to Han's as they try and uncover the mystery. Can Carter and Lee protect themselves as well as fulfilling the promise they made to Han's teenage daughter Soo Yung.
This is the third time that Lee and Carter or Chan and Tucker to give them their proper names have teamed up and should probably be the last. I've really enjoyed the Rush Hour films over the years and while this one is quite funny I think the appeal has now worn off. The first 2 films were incredibly funny and while this one still plays on the stereotypes set up in the first two films it is perhaps the final time they could actually get away with extending this franchise any further. That said it is still a very funny movie that both adults and teenagers will be able to enjoy.
For the third time Brett Ratner has been drafted in as the director and perhaps that's why this hasn't failed completely. By keeping the original team together it seems to have helped with the film making process and with Chan and Tucker knowing how Ratner works it will have made this easier to make. I still feel though, that despite this still being relatively funny and while not quite being as effective as the first two it still works, that it should be their last collaboration. The film still looks really good and Ratner uses some really good camera angles especially during the fight scenes.
In fact it is these fight scene's that really set the Rush Hour movies apart from a lot of Chan's over comedy/martial arts films. The fight scenes are very clever and superbly choreographed. In particular the scenes at the top of the Eiffel Tower are very well done and really look the part. The plot is quite good and follows the same sort of lines as the first couple of films, where Lee and Carter are thrown together by circumstance. The plot is quite fast paced and action packed and before you know it the 90 minutes is over.
I've always liked Jackie Chan's movies and his comedies are usually quite funny. It helps to have seen the previous 2 films to build a bit of background on Lee and Carter but it isn't essential. I really like Chan in the role of Lee and he really makes the character and in my opinion the films work. Despite his advancing age he still seems to be able to move like a much younger man. His skill and martial arts ability are what really adds something different to the Rush Hour movies compared to the usual type of Buddy Cop film.
Opposite Chan is the real reason why the Rush Hour movies appeal. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan seem to have created a really good onscreen bond. It's perhaps because of this that Tucker's character Carter can get away with so many stereotypical jokes and no one really bat an eyelid at it. The partnership between them works really well and while this does seem the natural end to the series, it wouldn't surprise me to see Rush Hour 4 at some stage. The rest of the cast take a back seat to Chan and Tucker but they all put in reasonable performances that make this film work.
Overall it doesn't have the original appeal of the first film but it still has something to offer fans of the series. Of course it isn't impetrative to have seen the first two films, but it will help with the character development. It might well and should in all good sense be the last Rush Hour movie now that it seems to have run its course. I would however recommend this movie if your looking for a decent comedy that will fill the hour and a half. The only downside to buying this one though is that it won't have the same appeal to be re-watched as the previous two films.
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Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker head for the City of Lights in the somewhat threadbare but sporadically exciting Rush Hour 3, the second sequel to director Brett Ratner's 1998 cop-buddy hit. Chan's Inspector Lee and Tucker's Detective Carter hop from Los Angeles to Paris in pursuit of a Chinese triad only to find a mixed reception, including a brutal warning from a French cop (Roman Polanski) and anti-American sentiments from a cab driver (Yvan Attal) who eventually becomes an important and funny ally. Lee and Carter, when not fighting their way out of rooms full of martial arts gangsters and crazed assassins (Sun Ming Ming), follow a trail to a beautiful woman (Noemie Lenoird) who literally carries a vital clue on her person. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority (Max Von Sydow), but his personal struggles with a criminal mastermind (Hiroyuki Sanada)--who happens to be an important figure in his life-- are at the heart of this movie. The aging Chan still seems to defy the laws of physics with some of his more spectacular stunts. But it's true those stunts take a little more time than they used to, and judicious editing makes Chan look spry as ever. He frets charmingly in Rush Hour 3, while Tucker revives his brash character's motormouth guile and whiny womanizing. There isn't a lot left to be discovered about Lee and Carter's compatibility, and even with a minor crisis over their loyalty to one another in Rush Hour 3, their all-important relationship is almost too easy to take for granted now. Fortunately, the film's biggest thrills come from several wild fight scenes, especially a climactic battle on the Eiffel Tower that is rich in imagination. --Tom Keogh