RUSH HOUR MOVIE REVIEW: “Rush Hour” stars Chris Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook, Money Talks), Jackie Chan (Who Am I?, Police Story), Tom Wilkinson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Michael Clayton), Tzi Ma (The Farewell, Arrival), Julia Hsu (Three Exits [Short]), Ken Leung (Lost [TV series], Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens), Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia, Boogie Nights), Rex Lin (Wyatt Earp , The Postman), Mark Rolston (The Shawshank Redemption, Aliens), Elizabeth Peña (The Incredibles, Lone Star), and Clifton Powell (Ray, Deep Rising). It is directed by Brett Ratner (Red Dragon, Hercules ), with the screenplay being written by Jim Kouf (National Treasure, Grimm [TV series]) and Ross LaManna (Arctic Blue, Maximum Impact). A reckless Los Angeles cop (Tucker) teams up with a skilled Chinese inspector (Chan) to save the Chinese consul’s daughter after she is kidnapped at rush hour in LA.
What a pairing. Quite a risk for Hollywood back in the day, if you ask me. Shouldering a big action film on two minorities? Forget about it. But, they rolled the dice and it paid off. Clearly. These two are fun to watch. And who would’ve thought that Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan would have good chemistry? They stole the show, making for an entertaining experience that combined both humor and combat. Coming from me, that means something, considering how I didn’t have the highest of expectations for this. Sure, it’s deemed a classic; the whole franchise is. But I had a distaste for Chris Tucker. After seeing his downright annoying performance in “The Fifth Element,” I didn’t know if I’d be able to handle it again in this film. Obviously, that proved not to be the case, since this review is apart of a marathon (maybe I could’ve held out for two more flicks if my thoughts remained). Tucker was actually funny, and his fast-talking nature made for a great contrast to Chan’s composed stature. There had to be some improvisation enforced. Either that, or they wrote a lot of lines for Tucker (in this case, I’d choose the former). In essence, “Rush Hour” is a fun watch. It’s quick, concise, and doesn’t take too much time to dilly dally. I don’t see why they would, considering the genre they’re playing to. Action takes precedence, with comedy following suit. You’ll sprinkle in your usual tropes that follow and play into the beats that a story like this should, but that’s a given. Really, the only complaint I would have towards the narrative that they could’ve cleaned up is making it a bit more difficult for our duo to succeed. The downfall of their enemies seemed to come easy, almost like putty in their hands. Taking the final act into account, everything was hastened to wrap up the movie in a short time window. I’m not saying it’s awful; there was some good action and the stakes were raised when Chan took the fight high in the air. It just would’ve been nice to have better enemies when the chips were down. They were hyped up enough throughout the feature that you’d think they’d prove more of a threat by the end. What can I say though? While the enemies certainly diminished, the pacing and style was kept intact, which is better than chucking everything out the window. I enjoyed “Rush Hour” by the time it concluded. It’s a nice, easy watch that I laughed at and was thrilled by the action scenes. I would’ve liked to see more combat, but Chan did masterfully regardless, even incorporating physical humor to add another layer to his fighting. If you’re looking for a fun popcorn night, “Rush Hour” is a good pick. FINAL SCORE: 83%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: