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Rush Hour 3 2007

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders...

Release Date:
August 9, 2007, UTC
91 min
Brett Ratner
Don Abernathy, Jackie Chan, Jaayda McClanahan, ...
Thriller, Comedy, Crime, ...
USA, Germany

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Imdb rating:6.2

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Great movie!! 10/10

lrave me alone

Not Another!
Go see it.
The "Summer of Three-quels" that began with Spider-Man 3 and continued on with, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Shrek 3, Ocean's 13, and The Bourne Ultimatum is, thankfully, almost at an end. While all five films either met or came close to meeting box office expectations, most were met with either critical indifference or hostility (mostly for good reason). To varying degrees, most of these films were risk-adverse, formulaic sequels made to satisfy audiences eager to revisit their particular worlds and to fatten the bank accounts of the studios, producers, and the talent who worked on them in front of and behind the camera. As disappointing as most of the sequels were to fans and critics alike, however, the worst of the bunch, the imaginatively titled Rush Hour 3, was saved for the end of the summer.

Rush Hour 3 reunites director Brett Ratner (X-Men: Last Stand, After the Sunset, Red Dragon, Family Man, Money Talks) with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in a sequel that no one wanted, but everyone will see as the summer of 2007 comes to a close. Rush Hour was set in Los Angeles, as Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan), a Hong Kong detective, paired up with a fast-talking, foul-mouthed detective with the LAPD, James Carter (Chris Tucker). Together, Lee and Carter saved an ambassador, Han (Tzi Ma), from almost certain death, saved his kidnapped daughter from a similar fate, and defeated a powerful crime lord whose secret identity wasn't revealed until the last reel. For Rush Hour, Carter ends up in Hong Kong to visit Lee while he's on vacation, but Lee is more interested in apprehending a Triad gang boss, Ricky Tan (John Lone), and his henchwoman, Hu Li (Ziyi Zhang), responsible for bombing the American embassy that left two men dead and several injured.

For Rush Hour 3, the setting shifts back to Los Angeles, at least temporarily before sending Lee and Carter to Paris to track down yet another enigmatic crime boss who's targeted Ambassador Han and his now teenaged daughter, Soo Yung (Jingchu Zhang). At a meeting of delegates of the (fictitious) World Criminal Court in LA, a sniper tries to kill Han just as he's about to reveal information about a Triad gang boss. Lee springs into action, pursuing the assassin through Los Angeles into an alley, only to discover he can't shoot him in cold blood. Busted down to traffic cop, Carter jumps to Lee's aid when he hears about the hit on of the ambassador. Soon enough, Lee and Carter are convinced that the secretive crime boss who ordered the hit operates in Paris, so they nab the next airplane for France. Their only lead is a fashion model/cabaret performer, Genevieve (No
review by efrain gomez

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but "Rush Hour 3" wasn't good. Yes, there is the familiar East-West buddy cop element, and yes, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker reprise their roles as a mismatched pair of law enforcement officials tangled up in a huge criminal investigation
Sold out
Rush Hour 3 is the 3rd installment of this East meets West comedy-action flick series. Like the previous two films, this is a combination of buddy cop movie and martial arts action - it's a brilliant scheme to bring in many different viewers, but was lacking in the fire of the first installment.

We open with Chris Tucker, Detective James Carter, directing traffic in downtown LA. Immediately, your brain tries to think back to the 2nd movie and try and remember what happened to bust him down to foot patrol. However, very quickly you forget about the previous movies as Tucker starts singing and dancing to Prince in middle of the street - using his dance moves to direct the cars through the intersection. And almost predictably, he causes an accident - and laughter ensues.

Cut to Jackie Chan, Inspector Lee, who is body man to the Chinese ambassador - again, what was the plot line from the previous movies? Thus begins the problem with this sequel.

Unless you have watched (and rewatched) the previous films, odds are you don't remember all the fine plot points. I don't mind any "third" referencing the previous two, but here it seemed like they were trying to make a point by assuming the audience was made up of diehards.

Brett Ratner, who directed all three of the films, has a very different style of making movies. He isn't really about style and cinematography, he is about having a blast on the screen -- something to entertain the audience and bring them into the party. He does his best to recreate the formula that has been successful in the past movies, but this one lacks in luster. It seems like X-Men: The Last Stand all over again.

This time around we take the party to Paris and the duo is working on bringing down the Triads, a super secret society of Chinese Crime Lords. The boys are marked for death and will do anything to stay alive. They find the one girl (French with a whole lot of cleavage) who holds the answers and then fight to protect her from the evil Triads. They go so far as to interrupt her burlesque show trying to keep her from being killed -- and a musical routine breaks out.

That said -- I laughed my ass off through the entire movie and so did the rest of the audience. We were laughing so much that we missed some lines -- so you had to laugh quickly and turn back to listening intently almost immediately. We even found ourselves giggling long after some of the jokes because Chris Tucker is that good. Sure, he has mellowed as his paycheck has increased over the years, but how can you dislike the goofy, high-pitched antics of him played off the not-always-straight-man, Jackie Chan?

The action was great -- an entire fight on the Eiffel Tower, and down the Eiffel Tower? Swords, kicks, flying furniture, breaking glass, leaps, jumps, high flying people, singing, dancing and one very tall Chinese man -- this is what I call entertainment, even if most of it is predictable. It certainly isn't movie making at its best, but it isn't the worst "3" this summer. There are still a couple of sequels due out this year, but at least this is the last "3" -- until next year, I am sure.

Thank goodness Chan and Tucker are so likeable and easy to watch.
a good rush hour film.
In Transformers, I found the perfect summer blockbuster. It's Michael Bay ("The Island"), so that means lots of action, not much plot. The robot transformations were really well done. The comedy was fairly entertaining. And Shia LaBeouf ("Disturbia") once again rules. It's not going to change your world, but it's fun fluff.

Equilibrium is a more style over substance sci-fi Matrixesque movie. Set in a future Earth ravaged by war, the rulers have decided to eradicate all human emotion. I had quite a bit of trouble accepting the premise, but the action was good. Christian Bale ("Rescue Dawn") stars as a cleric whose job is to find and destroy "sense" offenders. But her hears some poetry and stops taking his meds, and there you go. Instant drama. Good production, good action.

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is my first foray into blaxploitation and I'm not sure I want to go back. The movie follows Sweetback as he has to defend another black man against some cops. Then the rest of the film is him running, having sex, beating and/or killing more cops, running, sex, cops, more running with weird music. I think if it had been about 30 minutes long, it could have been a better film.

We've waited six years for Rush Hour 3 and I am glad to have Chris Tucker ("Rush Hour 2") back. The jokes are good and the action fair. I'm just worried that Jackie Chan ("The Myth") is getting too old to some of the amazing stunts he usually pulls. The story is secondary to the chemistry between Tucker and Chan. Not as good as the first, but if you liked the other films, you'll like this one too.
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