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A RUSH HOUR 3 Review Is Published! Let There Be Much Rejoicing!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. New Line’s getting ready to ramp up the publicity on this one. In the interest of yummy disclosure, I should admit that New Line sent out deliveries of delicious fresh-baked croissants to journalists in LA this week as a way of reminding you that RUSH HOUR 3, set in Paris, is still coming this summer. I’ll see this. I hope it’s entertaining. I don’t think RUSH HOUR 3 being good or bad will change the world one way or another, but these have never been consequential films... they’re just silly action-adventures, and if they made this one as light and fun as the first two, I’ll probably enjoy it. Did this reviewer dig it? Let’s see:

Hey Harry, I am a long time reader and fan of the site. This will be the first time I have ever sent in anything. I hope you can use it. If not, keep up the good work. I just got back from a screening of Rush Hour 3 at the Ritz in Philadelphia. It was a sneak preview but there were seats marked for press. Anyway, I thought I share my thoughts on the flick... there may be some spoilers so beware. I liked the original Rush Hour. I thought it was an entertaining buddy cop movie and I thought that Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan made a great comedic team. I liked the action and the stunts. I enjoyed the second film, it was bigger and had more of what I liked about the original. Rush Hour 3 however, well I didn't think it was that great. Rush Hour 3 serves as a bookend to the trilogy. We are reintroduced to characters from the original film, notably Consul Han (played by Tzi Ma) and his now grown up daughter Soo Yung (the gorgeous Jingchu Zhang). The plot revolves around an assassination attempt on Consul Han by the Triads. It seems Han knows who the leader of the Triads are and he intends to stop their criminal organization. The script by Jeff Nathanson sets everything up but then fails to have any real payoffs. There are back-stories that are never explored (what exactly did happen between Carter and Lee in New York? They mention it every 10 minutes but the audience is never privy to the information). How does Lee all of a sudden have a brother and why do they hate each other so much? The script seems to think that isn't pertinent information. Nathanson is the guy who wrote The Terminal, Rush Hour 2, Catch Me If You Can and is a credited writer on Indy 4. He has some serious writing credits under his belt but it seems like he phoned in the screenplay based off of his outline for Rush Hour 2. Character wise, Lee and Carter are the same as they have always been. Although now they seem derivative and uninspired, like pale shadows of there former selves. The villains, including Kenji (Lee's brother) are cookie cutter villains. It's like a cliffs notes version of antagonists. Max Von Sydow is here and oh, how the mighty have fallen. He plays an uninteresting riff of his character from Minority Report. It was actually painful to watch. Character/actor wise the best moment was Roman Polanski who shows up for a small role. Watching him here makes me smile, his character was easily my favorite part of the flick (but that could be because he is one of my favorite directors... maybe I'm playing favoritism). The action was weak compared to the previous movies and the fight scenes were, for the most part, boring. The only time I was actually enjoying myself was the moment that the flick spoofs The Godfather, the action that follows was pretty cool and enjoyable. Jackie Chan is definitely showing his age. The first two films had him doing all sorts of crazy stunts, here, he barely does anything, and what he does do shows signs of obvious wire work and blue screen. Speaking of which, the flick is littered with shoddy CGI and bad blue screen work (there is a chance what I saw wasn't a finished cut, at least once a CG shot was still rough and had Timecode running at the top), so maybe the FX will be fixed for the release. Besides action the Rush Hour movies have always had a healthy dose of humor, and that is intact here (but there is a lot more potty humor this time around). I did find myself chuckling through the flick. Tucker does what he does best, playing himself and showing off his dance skills. I did hate the "Who's on First?" rip off... I mean they basically did the skit verbatim, just with different names. And now I come to Brett Ratner, who once again proves that he is a generic filmmaker with no sense of originality. I mean, the movie is set in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and yet he shoots it in a way that makes it look ugly, and boring. Even the Eiffel Tower becomes bland and ugly, when he shoots it. Brett I have to ask... did you go out of your way to make Paris ugly? In the end I guess I half liked the movie. Is it worth seeing? Well that's a tough question for me to answer because I personally think that every movie should be seen. Even the worst films ever made have small bits and pieces that are enjoyable, and it's not exactly torture to watch a movie. I guess if you are a fan of the first two you'll find stuff to like. If you hated the others than there is nothing here for you. If you want to see a good summer buddy cop movie... I'd personally steer you elsewhere. I consider this a rental, or at the most a matinee. If you use this call me Aerocrow.
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  • July 15, 2007, 6:15 a.m. CST

    First!!!

    by schnipple

    no.3???!!!

  • July 15, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST

    yes...

    by schnipple

    I am exhausted... feel dirty all over

  • July 15, 2007, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Brett Ratner, jackie Chan, and Chris Tucker...

    by schnipple

    should be sent to an alternate universe where all they do is make Rush Hour sequels and are not allowed out

  • July 15, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    I'm sure that the timecode will stay in the movie.

    by DerLanghaarige

    So yes, you saw the finished cut. :)

  • July 15, 2007, 6:32 a.m. CST

    FOURTH!!

    by Kragmose

    I could not care less about this movie.. yet it sounds like a good sunday hangover movie..

  • July 15, 2007, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Shit!

    by Mace Tofu

    I'm still mad I bought the second one on DVD. Jackie and Bluescreen = : (

  • July 15, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Well thats a shame

    by barnaby jones

    The first two are good fun, it it'll be a disappointment if this one is not the same.

  • July 15, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST

    You guys enjoy that

    by Shawn F.

    No thanks. Never really saw the appeal of the first two (gave them both a shot, just fell flat).

  • July 15, 2007, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by MatDGZ

    Kind of expected this to be the case. Chan is getting on a bit now...which is shit because he should NEVER get old and die. He's one the best things to ever come out of Asian cinema.

  • July 15, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    "Aw, HELL no...!"

    by Osmosis Jones

    Jackie looks oooooooooooooooooooooold. :(

  • July 15, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Tuckers been MIA...

    by Redfive!

    For the last 6 years,seriously.The last thing he did was Rush Hour 2 and it feels more like 10-15 years he's been out.Now he's even fatter then in RH2 and it shows,he's like brando a big fat PIEZON!!

  • July 15, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    TOO OLD!!!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Chan is TOO OLDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!

  • July 15, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST

    The best scene Tucker was ever in....

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    was when Sam the Man shot him in the truck of the car in Jackie Brown. Best thing he's ever done.

  • July 15, 2007, 7:55 a.m. CST

    There is a Rush Hour III? I guess so. Who cares? Nobody

    by JackPumpkinhead

    But at least this will keep Brett Ratt from destroying actual films and maybe keep him from material with volcanic potential that he turns into flat puddles of piss ("Red Dragon"). Keep him making the Rush Hour movies until part XXVI or until he dies of cocaine overdose. Just don't let him touch anything else.

  • July 15, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    keep him busy

    by darwinwins

    i agree -- keep ratner busy and occupied making b-movies so he can't harm movies that have potential.

  • July 15, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    How could this possibly suck?!?!

    by WolfmanNards

    East meets west will always be hilarious. Especially in the hands of the Chan Man. Unless, for some untold reason, Tucker lost his high pitch voice and his bug eyes- and the Chan Man forgot how to be asian, then I don't see how this won't be the greatest movie of any summer. I think that after this movie, there won't be summer anymore. The entire season will stop because there won't be anymore movies put into it that could even match the brilliance of Rush Hour 3. Suck my dick.

  • July 15, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Paris is a disgusting city.

    by JaggedSac

    Paris is actually guite dirty and run down in most parts. The Parisians actually cried foul when Jean Pierre Jeunet's Amelie came out and made Paris look gorgeous.

  • July 15, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I read Latinoreview's script review a few months back..

    by Charlie Murphy

    ...and those fucks hated it, but of course you can't judge a movie based on what they say because every movie reviewed there is only good based on how it treats latinos. el-motherfuckfaces, where's our dark knight review? anyways, the trailers for rush hour 3 look lame, at best. yet every film i see the trailer in front of, the audience cackles like fools, and it blows my mind. "what? did chris tucker say something racist? whoa, that's wacky! they got fingers shoved up their asses at an airport! I've GOT TO see this!" Fuck that, i don't think i'll make it out to this one. But this will definitely open huge, mark my words. I work with this fat fuck, and one day we were having lunch at the mall, and we walked past the cinema, where a rush hour 3 poster was, and this fuck nearly shit his pants. "I can't wait to see that!", he goes. This cat's dvd collection includes masterpieces such as XXX: STate of the Union, Into the Blue, and (are you ready for this?)... Van Wilder 2: Rise of Taj. (he even saw that one in the theatre.) I make it a rule to not see anything he has recommended. So, to review, fuck latinoreview, fuck my fat fuck co-worker, fuck "Rush Hour 3: A Brett Ratner film", and fuck all you fucks that contribute to its 45 million-plus opening weekend.

  • July 15, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    JaggedSac...

    by Darkman

    That doesn't sound too good for tourism. And have they seen RATATOUILLE, 'cause Paris looks quite attractive in that movie.

  • July 15, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    HIS NAME IS LEE GOD DAMNIT!!!

    by rhcp2sweet

    this movie is going to suck balls

  • July 15, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Chris Tucker's gotta eat.

    by aboriginal

    Seriously, what the hell else has he got going?

  • July 15, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST

    DIE HARD 4 MOTHER FUCKERS !

    by barnaby jones

    Watch it.

  • July 15, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Chris Tucker is to The Fifth Element as.......

    by Mel Garga

    Jar Jar Binks is to The Phantom Menace.

  • July 15, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I would bet bank that all the funniest parts

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    are in the trailer that is out. No need to go see this.

  • July 15, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan deserves better

    by Sir Loin

    No matter how old he is, the man's awesome and should be given more screen time than Tucker. Go watch Drunken Master 1 & 2 and be amazed.

  • July 15, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    If they would make this series...

    by chromedome

    ...WITHOUT Chris Tucker, I might see it. <p>Mel Garga is right--CT was the Jar Jar Binks of Fifth Element.<p>And his name on the credits of anything since has been a deal breaker for me.

  • July 15, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Roman Polanski

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I understand his cameo involves raping a fourteen-year-old.

  • July 15, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Best fight scene ever? Bruce Lee & Chuck Norris

    by Doc_Strange

    Fighting in the Roman Coliseum. Choreography was perfect. Norris was one ugly bastard.

  • July 15, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST

    F Ratner

    by BrowncoatJedi

    F you Ratner for being such a hack, employing and celebrating a pedophile, and directing the worst action sequence ever in a big budget film (X3's danger room).

  • July 16, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST

    "every movie should be seen"?

    by wash

    Aerocrow, "From Justin To Kelly" wants to have a word with you.

  • July 16, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST

    What's next? Shanghai Afternoon Naps?

    by The Dum Guy

    I hate to see Jackie Chan re-hashing shit that was beneath him from the get-go, but then again it is still Jackie Chan.<br><br>Has anyone seen the first American movie he did in, I think the eighties? I remember there being a Jackie Chan video for NES way back when old was new.

  • July 16, 2007, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Gotta add...

    by Tourist

    That while I was in Paris, I was amazed at just how ugly, boring and dirty it was. The only part of the city that had any sort of buzz was Montmare, and only cause the neon lights for porn stores are so bright. Otherwise it was just kind of grey. The Eifell tower...It was a big piece of metal with some stairs and a view of one dull city. Great metro system though. Really sweet public transport. The little lamps at the top of the stairs were cool too. Watching bag snatches from my balcony was fun too, but I could probally do that at home.

  • July 16, 2007, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Really, Tourist? 'Cause I had an ex, that loved...

    by The Dum Guy

    Paris, but then again they were (are) a complete whore/slut. I'm not angry at them, but I sure as hell don't believe that they have good taste, especially since they dated me.<br><br>I'm not sure if I'm serious, or not.

  • July 16, 2007, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Let me Reassure all of you

    by LastHorcruxIsHarry

    THIS MOVIE SUCKED SO FUCKING HARD IT HURT ME PHSICALLY. terrible plot. same old race jokes (not that i dont appreciate that humor, but its literally the same jokes from the first 2). crazy ass not-bound-in-reality parachuting from the eifel tower scene. save your nine dollars and use it to get drunk and fall asleep. much better use of your cash. and believe me, nobody wanted this movie to be a good one more than i did.

  • July 16, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Is Johnny Drama in it?

    by Z 008

    Cause if he is I'm seeing it

  • July 16, 2007, 6:17 a.m. CST

    LastHorcruxIsHarry

    by Lost Prophet

    If that's true (Your handle) you are the biggest dick in the history of Tb's and should also be automatically banned for that name. <p>Fuck Rush Hour 3 was there really a clamour to get this made?

  • July 16, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST

    I say this on every Rush Hour talkback.

    by Cotton McKnight

    If I had my way, there would be a second Shanghai Noon sequel. I always preferred that "franchise" to the Rush Hour movies. I think Owen has a better chemistry with Jackie than Chris, and the movies are more fun. And Shanghai Knights is INCREDIBLY underrated. That movie was flat out wonderful.

  • July 16, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Rush Hour 3 on AICN? Huh?

    by Jakes Nel

    Soderbergh's Ocean's 13 goes by unnoticed, but hey, let's start drooling over the next Ratner/Tucker/Chan (three cinematic geniuses, obviously)piece of shit! Unbelievable...

  • July 16, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    "Much rejoicing"

    by sargent1

    ...probably a riff off of the Monty Python line from The Holy Grail, "...and there was much rejoicing." followed by a distinctly UNenthusiastic "yay".

  • July 16, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    An Outsider

    by BeyondStatic

    Sorry to hear that. I was looking forward to this one. I know I'm an outsider on this, but Ratner's got a masterpiece in him yet. (though granted he's in a slump with 'Red Dragon', 'X-Men 3', and his appearance in "On the Lot".) The first 'Rush Hour' was fantastic, the second wasn't terrible, 'Family Man' was heartwarming, and 'After the Sunset' wasn't bad. He's got lots of potential, he just hasn't found his muse yet. I'll keep following his career. He's got one. He's one up on me.

  • July 16, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I quite enjoyed After The Sunset and X3....

    by barnaby jones

    had the best action in the series.

  • July 16, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Saw the trailer

    by Baltimoron

    Looked like poop. Z 008 - I was wondering the same thing. French Cab driver??

  • July 16, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Best?

    by Spender

    ""He's one the best things to ever come out of Asian cinema"" Gong Li being the first best thing. She was offered a role in this by BR but turned it down, thank Goodness.

  • July 16, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    needs some ice cube

    by theonecalledshoe

    or some ice t.. somethin' ice at least.

  • July 16, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Backstories don't always need filling in.

    by eraser_x

    Sometimes, it's better just not to explain a character's backstory that explains every motivation in pop-psychological fashion. Frequently, the explanation is both boring and robs what little mystery or romance or danger there might be about a character. The backstory should be skipped especially if the backstory and explanation are going to be of the boring, seen-it-before-100-times variety.

  • July 16, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Cotton McKnight...

    by Osmosis Jones

    Yeah, put me down for a third Shanghai movie. On the writers' commentary on the Knights DVD, they explain that that have the very last scene already written, and all they need is a green light to fit the rest of the movie in. I also appreciate how the Shanghai movies don't stoop to race-baiting as much as Chris Tucker does, some of which is funny, but enough is enough. Just give us Shanghai Dawn (with the return of Lucy Liu and Fann Wong, of course!) and allow Jackie to retire from acting and concentrate on grooming an heir to his particular style of martial arts.