Rush Hour 3 (PG-13)

Action/Adventure 90 August 10, 2007
By Chuck Wilson
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). They’re off to Paris, where they’re 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 couldn’t quite recall why. Instead, my mind’s 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. It’s classic Chan, basic to the Asian film stunt handbook, but there’s an exhilarating joy in Chan’s eagerness to execute such moves, as if, after all these years and all the complex fight scenes he’s been in, the basics are plenty satisfying. He’s still the Gene Kelly of martial arts.
Brett Ratner Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Vinnie Jones, Hiroyuki Sanada, Noémie Lenoir, Max von Sydow, Yvan Attal, Sun Ming Ming, Roselyn Sanchez, Youki Kudoh Jeff Nathanson, Ross LaManna Arthur Sarkissian, Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Jay Stern New Line Cinema

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