Writer: Jeff Nathanson (Screenplay) Ross LaManna (Characters)
Starring: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada
Plot: After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads’ secret leaders.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: The Decline Starts
Story: Rush Hour 3 starts with Carter (Tucker) back on traffic duty, while Lee (Chan) is now head of security for Ambassador Han (Ma). After the Ambassador is shot it becomes clear that the Triads are trying to keep their secret safe once and for all. Lee chases down the shooter Kenji (Sanada) who has a connection to his past. Lee and Carter promise to track down the people responsible for the shooting and have to team up after the altercation following a holiday away together.
Lee and Carter find out they have been marked for death and fly to Paris to find answers for who is after them. After arriving in Paris they try to figure out what is going on and the revelation that Kenji is actually Lee’s brother and the fight is on a new level of personal for Lee.
Rush Hour 3 follows very similar ideas from the first two with Carter always talking himself into trouble and Lee having to do most of the fighting to get them out. We have the personal side to the story on Lee’s side and Carter trying to make light of it again. We have the clearly simple location choice to let us know that we are in a certain country and the villain twist that has happened every film so far. If you don’t mind having much of the same this is a tried and tested formula but I would have liked to have seen something different potential on Carter’s side for once. (5/10)
Jackie Chan: Lee getting his promotion to head of security for Ambassador Han, he must go in search of his brother after he tries to kill Han. Jackie does what we expect from him and does so well. (7/10)
Chris Tucker: Carter demoted to traffic cop he joins forces with his old partner to take down the criminals taking part of the Triads. Chris falls back into the annoying category after losing it the last one and this is the worst of the lot. (5/10)
Max von Sydow: Reynard leader of the world criminal court who tries to push our heroes into locating the Triad leaders. Max gives a standard performance in a role with twists. (5/10)
Hiroyuki Sanada: Kenji Lee’s brother who is part of the Triads who have marked our heroes for death. Hiroyuki does make a good villain as he does poses good mysterious side to him. (6/10)
Support Cast: Rush Hour 3 has a supporting cast that is very similar to all of the ones we have seen before but this time we have a few more laughs from them.
Director Review: Brett Ratner – Brett does a solid job a making the final part of a trilogy but doesn’t live up to the first two. (5/10)
Action: Rush Hour 3 has more over the top action scenes which takes away and real side to the story. (6/10)
Comedy: Rush Hour 3 has comedy mainly the same jokes, but the supporting characters do get a few laughs. (7/10)
Thriller: Rush Hour 3 loses all the thrills this time around. (3/10)
Chemistry: Rush Hour 3 doesn’t seem to have as such smooth chemistry as the previous two. (6/10)
Settings: Rush Hour 3 uses Paris as its primary setting this time around which is bringing in the French jokes. (7/10)
Suggestion: Rush Hour 3 is one for the fans of the franchise, if you haven’t seen the rest you will not be a fan of this. (Franchise Fans)
Best Part: Opening chase.
Worst Part: Same old story.
Funniest Scene: Waiting for the master.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: There is talk of a fourth but nothing confirmed as of yet.
Post Credits Scene: Credits with bloopers.
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $258 Million
Budget: $140 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
Tagline: They’re rushing through the hours quick
Trivia: Brett Ratner tried getting Tony Jaa to do the film, who turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Ong-bak 2 (2008).
Overall: All Good Things Come to an End