Rush Hour 3
Not only is this movie boring, it isn’t that funny either. It certainly has followed the Beverly Hills Cop series to a 'T'. Think of this movie as Beverly Hills Cop 3 in France.
One thing is almost always guaranteed in franchises, the movie franchise will usually suck by the third movie. We can see this with Return of the Jedi and the Superman III movies. By the third movie, the people that make the movie start to play it safe.
Rush Hour 3 is not only a ‘safe’ movie, but it is also a needless sequel to the first two movies. Coming off his successful, yet flawed, X3, Brett Ratner decided to fall back into his recycled action comedy franchise. Ratner's direction is dull as ever. He's not even concerned that the script needs a bit of work. (A few more rewrites)
The plot is tired. It is the same damn movie as the first two. They even throw in a corrupt white guy that is in league with the Asian villains. This time they just throw the movie into France. I have nothing against France, but the Rush Hour movies are better suited for Hong Kong and the US. The lazy, ugly American jokes in comedies are lame now, so get over it. The plot is so loose that the entire plot structure of the film will fall apart if you think about it. Like Shrek 3, this feels like some business people got a hold of the story.
Yeah, the movie is tired, but Chris Tucker looks tired too. Early in development, the producers couldn’t get Tucker signed on to do part 3. Jackie Chan made public statements about Tucker’s behavior. Tucker wouldn’t return without a hefty paycheck. He got one: 20 million for his role. I’m sorry, but he looks bored and not into the film. This is not the same Chris Tucker from the first Rush Hour, 5th Element, and Friday. He leaves Jackie Chan to do all the work. Trucker’s character brings nothing to the film, nothing. He is here to collect a check and nothing more.
A few things work in the movie though.
~The who’s on first joke is amusing, even though it was spoiled in the trailers
~While too short, the car chase is fun. (It should have lasted longer.)
~The Dojo stuff was funny with the tall Chinese guy.