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Awesome: 6.25%
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Total Crap37.5%

5 reviews, 18 user ratings

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Rush Hour 3
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by Jason Whyte

"He kick, he's the easiest movie of 2007!"
1 stars

Sweet lord, is this movie terrible. I was prepared for crap sequel, but I wasn’t prepared for Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker to literally land in a sewer of shit! It’s like director Brett Ratner doesn’t get the unintentional comedy of this turd when he creates scenes when his “classic” characters Carter and Lee fall into the poop.

We don’t really need a motion picture like “Rush Hour 3”, just like we didn’t need “Rush Hour 2”. It always pains me to see sequel screenplays like this where they take whatever “classic” moments and just regurgitate them, over and over again, because for feeble and undemanding audiences, that’s all they want. They don’t want new. They want the sad cat eyes in “Shrek”, and they want to see it repeatedly. And it makes my heart weep.

So years have passed, script rewrites and dollar negotiations have gone haywire, and THIS is what we have to show for it? Some B-movie plot that involves people connected to Chan’s Inspector Lee and a crime syndicate in Paris? Carter (Chris Tucker) also has to be everywhere Lee is just so he can yell racist slurs at everyone? A lovely French girl with a bald head (take THAT, Persis Khambatta!) with some kind of warped code on the back of her skull? I guess Ratner and George W. Bush were the only ones who found “National Treasure” realistic.

Perhaps we’ve scaled back on everything because Jackie Chan is getting on in his years, and most of his physical comedy is akin to that 2002 dud “The Tuxedo”…he kicks, it funny! He’s 53 now. Really though, he doesn’t do much but stand and slowly react to everything that is thrown his way. What the filmmakers fail to realize is that Jackie is also a gifted comedian, so why not focus more on his comic talents and poke fun at the fact that he isn’t what he used to be? Here he’s just slumming, and I think even he knows it.

Or perhaps we’ve been tired and wrung out by Chris Tucker to be more racist and louder in our dialogue delivery. Because we all know that loud delivery of racist slurs in 2007 brings in the box office gold. Every time Tucker is on screen, it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. He yells, he humiliates you and then he yells at you some more, all at the volume level where you’ll be reaching for the vomit bag…if only there was one. My screening had the volume so loud that my ears felt like they were being jumped on.

Not only are Chan and Tucker tired and wasted, so is the comedy. We have all seen a sequence where the good cops get the bum check from an antagonist. The glove snaps on and the good guys look shocked. What shocked ME, however, is that we have Roman Polanski as a French policeman who provides this cliché. Yes that’s right, I said Roman Polanski…he can’t set foot in America, but he’ll appear in a Brett Ratner movie? What the hell is going on here?

“Rush Hour 3” is the kind of action film where you’re always two scenes ahead of everything else. Max Von Sydow (!) is a bad guy who Carter and Lee believe is good and helpful. But he’s not, you see. I’m not giving anything away here. Just look at him! He’s EVIL! He comes across as good, just as Tom Wilkinson’s bad guy did in the first film, but you know he’s evil. He’s old, you see, and he’s also TOO nice.

And then there’s a sequence atop the Eiffel Tower involving the French flag. Carter nearly falls off the side but hangs onto a flag. Lee pulls him up, but its gnawing at you that of course, they’re going to fly off the side of the tower with that damn flag. And they do. The whole film is filled with that; giving you the blatantly obvious and never trying to surprise us.

And just WHO is Brett Ratner, anyway? He may have a lot of box office profit under his belt, and yet I’ve never seen a well-framed SHOT from this guy, let alone any semblance of style in his filmmaking. Yet there is his name atop posters and the ad campaign, like it will get bums into seats. It’s like he thinks people stand in line for this film saying things like “Yeah, Red Dragon was the shit, so I’ve gotta go check out the new Brett Ratner flick!”

But hey, other than that, the movie’s pretty good.

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originally posted: 08/23/07 03:59:22
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User Comments

1/24/14 Merpvzkl When you need money straight away you will be pleased to apply withwith easy and fast onlin 5 stars
12/31/13 Charles Tatum Utterly unwatchable 1 stars
8/30/08 Shaun Wallner Had some funny parts. 3 stars
7/06/08 John Millheim not as good as the other but Tucker is always funny, action packed 3 stars
1/31/08 mike This isn't a movie. It's just really bad acting and really bad jokes for 90 minutes 1 stars
12/27/07 Matt Lame story but saved by some glorious shots of Paris. All in good fun, really. 4 stars
9/09/07 Russ I love these movies!!! 5 stars
8/25/07 Ole Man Bourbon Some funny bits, but some bits that should have been cut. 3 stars
8/21/07 kai how could anyone think of those cheesy lines.... it's hillariouis!!!!!! 5 stars
8/20/07 Meschelle Good one and fun... 4 stars
8/19/07 mr.mike you can't expect a 2nd sequel to be better than this 4 stars
8/16/07 D Makes Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House tolerable by comparison 1 stars
8/14/07 jazz Pathetic. 1 stars
8/12/07 JM Synth Chris Tucker really enjoys shouting, doesn't he? 2 stars
8/12/07 Captain Highcrime Ever been in a chinese restaurant when a smoke alarm goes off? Exact same sound x 100 mins. 3 stars
8/12/07 Anthony G This is the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life, I'm serious. 1 stars
8/12/07 Bill Gosse Thank you, Brian! At least someone here has a clue 4 stars
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  10-Aug-2007 (PG-13)
  DVD: 23-Dec-2007



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