Rush Hour 3 (12A)



Action (2007)
90mins US

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Vinnie Jones, Hiroyuki Sanada
Director: Brett Ratner
Writer(s): Jeff Nathanson
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Detective Carter has been demoted to traffic duty on the streets of Los Angeles, while Inspector Lee is working as a bodyguard to Chinese Ambassador Han as he appears before the World Criminal Court to reveal ancient secrets about the Triads. When a sniper attempts to assassinate Han, Lee and Carter make a promise to the statesman's daughter, Soo Yung, to hunt down the assassin, Kenji. The search moves to Paris where a rag-tag array of locals guides Lee and Carter on their madcap quest, culminating in a showdown at the Eiffel Tower.

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Rush Hour 3

Midway through one of the pedestrian chases that litter Rush Hour 3, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker's bickering detectives slide into the Parisian sewers to escape some gun-wielding bad guys, spluttering as they are submerged in all kinds of continental nastiness...

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 3. Photo by Glen Wilson. Released by: Entertainment Film DistributorsIf you look closely, you could probably see Brett Ratner's painfully misconceived action-comedy bobbing down there with the rest of the detritus. The price tag may read in excess of USD100 million, but Ratner's film is cheap and cheerless, giving Chris Tucker free rein to showboat with his painfully unfunny verbal outbursts, including a so-called 'gag' about all Iranians being predisposed to blowing stuff up.

Chan's inability to speak fluent English, evidenced in the end credit out-takes, certainly doesn't help generate on-screen chemistry. And while the diminutive Hong Kong superstar performs his own impressive martial arts moves, the stunts aren't as spectacular as previous films, a result of Chan edging ever closer to collecting that senior citizen's bus pass.

The third film begins on the streets of Los Angeles, where Detective Carter (Chris Tucker) has been demoted to traffic duty, and Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) is working as a bodyguard to Chinese Ambassador Han (Tzi Ma) as he appears before the World Criminal Court to reveal ancient secrets about the Triads. When a sniper attempts to assassinate Han, Lee and Carter make a promise to the statesman's daughter, Soo Yung (Zhang Jingchu), to hunt down the assassin, Kenji (Hiroyuki Sanada).

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 3. Photo by Glen Wilson. Released by: Entertainment Film DistributorsThe search moves to Paris where a rag-tag array of locals, including deadly club owner Jasmine (Youki Kudoh), sexy cabaret performer Genevieve (Noemie Lenoir) and thrill-seeking taxi driver George (Yvan Attal), guide Lee and Carter on their madcap quest, culminating in a showdown at the Eiffel Tower.

Rush Hour 3 is depressing for its lack of laughs or thrills. Director Ratner fails to energize any of the set pieces, and Tucker's incessant babbling chokes the remaining life out of the film, whether he be extolling the shapely virtues of French women ("No wonder Lance Armstrong came all the way here to ride a bike!") or flirting pitifully with Genevieve ("I'd like to strip you down and butter you like Wonder Bread!") Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson, who rewrote the original film and penned the sequel, peddles stereotypes as characters.

Most of the comic situations would have been out-dated when the first Rush Hour was released almost 10 years ago, such as a protracted sketch with a dojo master and his student named Yu and Mi respectively. Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski embarrasses himself with a cameo as police detective Revi, who welcomes the cops to Paris by performing a completely unnecessary body cavity search. The film ends with Lee and Carter dancing merrily into the night while Edwin Starr's anthemic "War" cranks up on the soundtrack. "What is it good for?" booms Starr. "Absolutely nothing!" comes the rousing reply. Rush Hour 3 reviews itself.

- Kim Hu


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