Director: Brett Ratner
Cast : Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Yvan Attal,
Jingchu Zhang, Hiroyuki Sanada, Youki Kudoh, Noemie Lenoir,
Max Von Sydow, Roman Polanski, Tzi Ma
RunTime: 1 hr 31 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Official Website: www.rushhourmovie.com
Opening Day: 9 August 2007
Officers Carter and Lee reunite in the third installment of
the blockbuster RUSH HOUR franchise with more action, more
comedy, and more hilarious adventure than ever. Reprising
their roles as ancient global crime empire, as they attempt
to unravel the mystery of Shy Shen or “Spirit of Death”
– the Triad’s most closely guarded secret. No
one knows exactly what the elusive Shy Shen is, but word that
its about to go public at the meeting of the World Criminal
Court has a network of underworld assassins on a killing spree.
They Shy Shen trail leads our fast talking, fast kicking heroes
to the streets of Paris. From dazzling Parisian nightclubs
to the city’s high-fashion runways, RUSH HOUR 3 is a
non-stop action, non-stop fun, climaxing in an astonishing,
death-defying showdown on one of the world’s most revered
moments – the Eiffel Tower.
This is what I observed while watching “Rush Hour 3”,
apparently it seems like the waistline of our two favourite
heroes have expanded in tune to their bloating paychecks over
the years. Perhaps there’s a scientific explanation
behind this but since I’m a hopeless science student
in my schooldays, we shall get back to the movie instead.
you a fan of the first two instalments, you know Carter and
Lee are going to get into trouble in a foreign land. You know
they will solve the case despite their fumbling. And now both
of them are in one of the world’s most beautiful city,
Paris to thwart a criminal conspiracy and to save the life
of Ambassador Han’s (from the first Rush Hour if you
recall) daughter, Soo Yung.
same old formula repeats itself here. Obviously Brett Ratner
is not going to do a 360 degrees turn in this third instalment.
Not that he is very creative in the first place. He can only
do what Coke does. Transform Coke into Coke Light, Coke Zero
or Coke Cherry but still, Coke remains as a refreshment product
in the end. Ratner retains the speed of the motor-mouth Carter,
his lust for pretty woman and of course Lee’s deadly
moves here. So in order to “freshen” the audience
a little, he throws in renowned Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada
(“The Last Samurai”, “Sunshine”) as
gasp Lee’s orphanage brother,
upcoming Mainland actress Zhang Jingchu (“Protégé”)
as the grownup Soo Yung, veteran actor Max von Sydow (“Minority
Report”) and exiled director Roman Polanski as a cranky
detective to change the scenery a little.
really exciting, heart-pounding for a Jackie Chan’ headed
movie (the man is 53 this year for heaven’s sake) not
even the finale action piece on top of the Eiffel Tower. Combining
real onset shoot, visual effects and Jackie’s action
choreography, the fight sequence lacks the vibrancy of Jackie’s
past works and worse, the overall action sets are few and
far as compared to the earlier two.
script by Jeff Nathanson who wrote the previous Rush Hour
series has a tremendous flaw. While it’s good to explore
the continuous friendship of the duo, isn’t it a bit
too coincidence to encounter deadly beautiful woman (remember
Zhang Ziyi in Rush Hour 2) and triad syndicate all over again.
Perhaps Rush Hour 3 is a nice lazy break from Nathanson’s
punishing schedule as a scriber for Spielberg’s “Catch
Me If You Can”, “The Terminal” and next
year, “Indy 4”.
an all-familiar plot, the tiring East-meets-West fusion and
repeatedly racial jokes all rolled into one, the “Rush
Hour” series is fast running past its expiry date. And
did I mention Tucker’s distracting double-chin didn’t
help either. Oh one last thing, stay for the outtakes, it's
funnier than the actual movie.
(No rush to catch this piece of familiar work)
Review by Linus Tee