In this third installment of the guilty-pleasure Rush Hour series, squeaky-voiced Los Angeles cop James Carter (Chris Tucker) once again teams up with rather goofy Hong Kong cop Lee (Jackie Chan). Theyre off to Paris, where theyre given a decidedly unfriendly welcome by a French police inspector (Roman Polanski, at his snarky best) before enlisting an America-hating cabbie (French filmmaker Yvan Attal, stealing the show) in their search for the kidnapped daughter (Jingchu Zhang) of the Chinese ambassador to the United States (Tzi Ma). A Chinese triad wants to silence the ambassador, but I must admit that only a few hours after seeing this movie, I couldnt quite recall why. Instead, my minds eye called up a small moment from the movie's elegantly staged and superbly photographed (by cinematographer J. Michael Muro) Eiffel Tower finale when Lee, jumping for his life, scurries like a spider up a giant French flag, wrapping himself inside it as he goes. Its classic Chan, basic to the Asian film stunt handbook, but theres an exhilarating joy in Chans eagerness to execute such moves, as if, after all these years and all the complex fight scenes hes been in, the basics are plenty satisfying. Hes still the Gene Kelly of martial arts.
Brett RatnerChris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Vinnie Jones, Hiroyuki Sanada, Noémie Lenoir, Max von Sydow, Yvan Attal, Sun Ming Ming, Roselyn Sanchez, Youki KudohJeff Nathanson, Ross LaMannaArthur Sarkissian, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Jay SternNew Line Cinema