“Behind every big crime there’s a rich white man waiting for his cut.” — Chris Tucker, Rush Hour 2
After seeing the most disappointing film of the year last week (The Bourne Ultimatum), I saw the film I expected nothing of this week. Rush Hour 3 is just behind Ratatouille and Knocked Up as 2007’s best summer film, and yes, I said it, FILM, not movie. I will never forget the days where I rented Rush Hour 2 almost daily at my videostore only to buy it after renting it for the twentieth time. I re-watched it again before going to see the third movie today, and I just had a ball.
Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) and Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) team up again for another fight. Inspector Lee is sent to watch over the Chinese Ambassador during a conference. When he’s shot by a sniper, Inspector Lee goes to chase after him only to find out that it was his brother. He flees to Paris, where Carter and Lee follow him. Along the way, they get caught up with the Tirads, an anti-American cab driver, and a group of girls that are in some pageant.
What I really like about the Rush Hour films is that they will always appeal to someone. They have tons of different jokes: racist, sexist, sex, and fight. Of course, this film will only appeal to people who really like these kinds of films. If you don’t like racist, sexist, sex, and jokes during fights, then this film isn’t yours. Go see films like The Bourne Ultimatum or Transformers. No, this is for the people who really like this stuff. And that is why I’m not giving it a negative review. I have tons of fun with this film, and I love the Rush Hour films.
And I don’t see the hate against this Brett Ratner guy. I mean, his films aren’t meant to be classics. So what if he supposedly killed the X-Men franchise? Joel Schumacher killed the Batman franchise and we’re over it. And besides, who actually minds about the last X-Men film that isn’t an X-Men fan? But I actually like this guy. Red Dragon was underrated as hell, and in my own opinion, better than Manhunter. And then came Rush Hour 2, a pivotal point in my childhood. Rush Hour 3 couldn’t come any sooner, I said. But it took fucking six years! And yes, these six years couldn’t come any longer.
Jackie Chan still has it in him. At the age of 53, he still looks as good as ever, and as badass as ever. In one scene, he goes as far as kicking some ninja’s ass and making it seem like that she is having an orgasm. Can Chuck Norris do that? Not that I fucking know of! Even though, we don’t get as many fight scenes with him as I would like to have had, but he has aged since the last one. I’ll let it go.
And I know what you are asking — is Chris Tucker really worth that $25 million? Answer is, no, but no one is worth it. Tucker does do a fantastic and hilarious job however. There is one scene in the film where Carter, Lee, and a nun confront a Tirad speaking French, and it had to be one of the funniest scenes in the past few months. The guy still has it in him to do well, but it begs the question on where this guy has been since the last Rush Hour.
And as much as I want to leave this film review at a good closing by saying to choose between The Bourne Ultimatum and Rush Hour 3 for the week, I know what most of you guys will say. And it’s understood. Movie-goers are going to see the better film, and I understand. But when it comes to pure entertainment, with comedy, and really hot girls (notice I didn’t say girl, because only Stiles was the hottie in Ultimatum), Rush Hour 3 really does beat Jason Bourne’s ass and makes him remember just who he is dealing with in the box office this weekend.
P.S. Look for Yvan Attal. This guy will make it big some day. I guaran-fucking-tee you.
Read the interview with Rush Hour 3
star Chris Tucker and director Brett Ratner.