A case here of not striking the iron while hot. This movie should have been made when Tucker and Chan were still on top of their game with these films. It’s not that the jokes are the same old jokes as the previous films. They are unfunny jokes. I could laugh if they were the same, but they aren’t funny, the film borders on appealing to the Universal rating. Watching Chris Tucker get swung about by a giant just makes me imagine little kids giggling in the background. You think that putting both Characters in France and having them both be fish out of water was a great idea that would ensure the same comedy moments as Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2, but they don’t even play on this fact which is very disappointing.
But why is it that Bruce Willis can do Die Hard 4 and make it look good yet after 5 years both Tucker, Chan and Ratner can make a sequel to an action movie so bland and to even borrow elements from the ending of Rush Hour 2 except make it more ridiculous by doing a CGI parachute on the french flag. There were other scripts of this set in South Africa, New York, and from reports these were far better. What was that bit about Isabella getting shot? Is that what we might have seen in another script or some in joke? They don’t explain the situation which leads me to think this some kind of in joke.
Hiroyuki Sanada is the best actor in the Movie, an excellent villain which he plays with relish. It’s rather cool to see “The Duke” Sanada finally go up against Chan, although it’s a pity we didn’t see this a few years earlier, the final fight between the two with swords on top of the Eiffel tower is the best part of the film. I would have liked it to be even longer and a little grittier if possible, it could have helped give the film a better ending if he had featured more in the film. But he is still portrayed as an honorable Villain and at the end of the film he is the only character that is worth caring about. But how many times can these films feature Chinese Triad gangs as the main antagonists? This is the third film to involve them.
The French Taxi Driver, what was that about. I wonder if they were trying to do some play on the popular “Taxi” franchise. The character of George was awful. He is a Taxi driver who hates America but by the end of the film he loves America, gets a gun and becomes a sharp shooter. How did he do that? Did he go to the one day Spy School because he is portrayed like a undercover cop by the end of the movie.
Max von Sydow who plays Varden Reynard seems to be caught in some time loop since it looks like he is playing a very similar character to the one he played in Minority Report, his final fate is also filmed the same way as it is in Minority Report. The well of ideas is very dry in this film.
I remember once reading a funny interview with Jackie Chan on the talk of Rush Hour 3 a few years back, while the interview was taking place (at Cannes I think) Chris Tucker arrives on a boat, jumps out and asks Chan when he is doing Rush Hour 4. After Rush Hour 2 I was waiting so eagerly for Rush Hour 3. I had wanted to see it for a long time. But nothing has changed, the quality of Rush Hour 3 has dropped, character development has not moved forward like it has in other buddy cop movies such as “Lethal Weapon”. Rush Hour has no future and I have no interest to see a Rush Hour 4 if made.
So rounding off the threequel summer reviews (I have to wait till November for Bourne) Why do we go see a third movie in the series, even if it gets bad reviews? For me, I am a completest, I have to see the sequel if I liked the previous films. We are conditioned to watch the sequels if we enjoyed the previous films because we want to see these characters more, we want the film to be good as it is in the trailers. I always hope it’s better than the reviews, I can’t not see a sequel if I enjoyed it’s predecessors. Perhaps the reason the threequels failed is because the Directors become too complacent. They may think that the audience will accept the film no matter what the story, just as long as it’s (insert movie brand name). But this won’t continue, if there is to be a fourth film to Spider-man, Rush Hour, Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek then the pants of the producers need to be pulled up. People won’t continue to watch something that falls in quality with each viewing. There is also a need to create new franchises. There are films out there waiting to be made. Hollywood can’t and shouldn’t continue to rely on sequels and remakes.
Favorite Quote: “Lee, I’m going to kill you if we die!” – James Carter