Rush Hour 3(2007)
Six years after last appearing on screen, the notoriously picky & highly priced Chris Tucker re-teams with the Rush Hour prequel's Jackie Chan and director Brett Ratner. The franchise moves to Paris - as LAPD's Carter (Tucker) and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee (Chan) chase the Triads to the land of the Frank.
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A New York Cop odd couple (the staled Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker duo) are thrust into a dual with the Triads, this time chasing the criminals to Paris. Chan is as drab and uncharismatic as ever, if delivering a couple of moments of impressive stunt work. And Tucker, undoubtedly a talent, squawks his way through awful dialogue which is at best not funny (like ‘I’m going to wup yo ass’) and at worst busy explaining the ridiculous plot. Director Brett Ratner (culprit behind the first two, as well as X-Men 3) sends them on a series of unremarkable action set pieces and jokes so laborious that you can actually hear them fall and go flat.
The one semi-interesting part of the whole film is a bizarre strand involving a French cab driver who, after experiencing the thrill of driving Chan & Tucker away from bad guys with guns, wants to “kill for no reason… like an American”. But then it seems out of place, and by the end – when he does indeed get to kill – it’s just a confusing sidebar and ultimately pointless.
If the story is ever unpredictable, which 99% of the time it isn’t, it’s only because the outcome is so stupid it’s beyond comprehension. This is the case for the ‘finale’, but you’ll be so bored by that stage you'll be glad the end has been signaled. Really, it’s intolerable. And to pay money to see it will only encourage them.