RUSH HOUR 3 [ 2007 ], directed by #brettratner
You can argue about the relevance of this franchise at this stage for a while, but nevertheless there was a need to complete a series of films with a triquel, since, despite the fact that the second film was much weaker than the first, there was still plenty of room to tell another story & end it on a more creative note.
This chapter reunites is with Inspector Lee (#jackiechan
) & detective Carter (#christucker
), investigating a murder attempt of, now, ambassador Han (#tzima
), with the whole shady situation leading them to some serious bs involving #triads
, lead by Lee’s #japanese
brother, named Kenji (#hiroyukisanada
). Despite the film’s best efforts, it still does seem like its forced & unnecessary, making the whole franchise feel like it’s out of steam.
Although, I gotta say, what this film does succeed at is attempting a more violent & darker approach. & don’t be worried, the franchise’s main component, the humor, is still present, albeit some of it is way too erratic, & at times just out of place.
I was quite disappointed with the writing too. There is some intense awkwardness in certain scenes, as if the characters’ lines were not interesting enough for the actors to play around with, which makes those scenes not important enough to contribute to main plot line. Both Tucker & Chan don’t seem to have any more fun with each other on set, the chemistry of this weird tandem wore out. A money grabber is all this movie is to them. Just another paycheck.
Most of it is due to the lack of originality in this installment. The film just lives off of the previous two’s plot devices, uses some similar concepts & ideas, rarely coming up with something fresher.
A supporting character named George (#yvanattal
) is freaking hilarious, & insanely charismatic, I give him that.
Overall, this is still #rushhour
, which stays true to it’s action standards (that sword fight scene was lit). Not even close to first two, but is still ok I guess. Plus, I think that whole Lee-Kenji brotherhood thing was a really cool thing to have in here for a change. I’ll score this one with 6/10.
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