Release Date: August 10th, 2007 by New Line Cinema.
The Cast: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Youki Kudoh, Yvan Attal, Noémie Lenoir, Zhang Jingchu, Tzi Ma, Dana Ivey, Henry O., Max von Sydow.
Directed by Brett Ratner.
BASIC PREMISE: Chief Inspector Lee (Chan) and LAPD detective James Carter (Tucker) team up again to fight a Chinese mafia, which brings them to Paris, France.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Rush Hour 3 has a simple good guy vs. bad guy plot just like the other Rush Hour movies, but lacks enough slapstick action sequences to show off Jackie Chan’s stunt talents. Fortunately, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan still have great chemistry together and provide plenty of laughter with their comic energy. This time around, Lee and Carter experience their adventures in Paris, France where they hunt down the leader of a Chinese mafia who injured Carter’s girlfriend, Hun (Ma). Not that the plot really matters to begin with. What does matter, though, is the level of excitement and humor. The first two Rush Hour films had many more visual gags. Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson does include some funny one-liners, but much of the humor relies on the comic timing of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Yvan Attal has some brief comic relief as an anti-American cab driver. A scene when Lee and Carter get confused when they meet two guys who have names that sound like the words “You” and “Me” seems to be taken straight from a similar scene in What’s Up, Doc?. Many of the other jokes seem recycled and tedious, too. At least director Brett Ratner keeps the pace moving appropriately fast along with an ideal running time of 91 minutes and includes outtakes at the end, just as expected.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
IN A NUTSHELL: Mildly funny and exciting, but lacks the freshness and hilarity of the last two Rush Hour films.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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