"Rush Hour 3"
/ Adventure, Comedy, Crime/Gangster and Sequel. Rated PG-13.
The biggest hands of
the East and the biggest mouth of the West goes to the City of
Love in Rush Hour 3.
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker team up with director Brent Ratner
once again for the thrilling, third installment of the widely
successful buddy action-comedy.
This time, Inspector Lee (Chan) is assigned to protect his longtime
friend, Ambassador Han (Tzi Ma), who returns Los Angeles to speak
at the World Criminal Court in continuing the fight against the
Chinese Triad. But there was an assassination attempt made on
Han during the conference, and the case gets an shocking surprise
when the assassin turns out to be Lee's long-lost brother, Kenji
Keeping an vow he made to Han's daughter Soo Yung (Zhang Jingchu),
Lee and LAPD Detective James Carter (Tucker) reunite once again,
as they go after Kenji and The Triad ... that is, if they may
not kill each other first, as their friendship may also be pushed
to the limit.
The movie marks the first time that Chan, Tucker, and director
Ratner work together since 2001's Rush Hour 2. It also
has been six years since Chris Tucker has been onscreen, and for
Rush Hour 3, he gets paid $25 million.
The first Rush Hour finds Lee being an outsider in America,
and Rush Hour 2 finds Carter being an outsider in China,
but Rush Hour 3 finds the duo being outsiders in Paris,
as Lee's background is being explore more in the movie.
What makes the Rush Hour films work is the cultural differences
and personalities between the protagonists. Whereas Lee is still
the strait-laced detective who's still good with his hands and
feet, Carter is still the carefree, irrepressible detective who's
still good with his mouth. Another reason why Rush Hour
works is the wonderful banter and dynamic chemistry between Jackie
Chan and Chris Tucker. After six years, it is still there.
It's Jackie's and Chris' biggest hour yet, as Rush Hour 3
quickly hits theatres now.
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