|Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, wondering why their movie plot ended up in the sewer.|
|Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker
|Why, oh why, do we need sequels? In this movie, the police partner duo are supposed to be on vacation in Hong Kong. But Chan is on the job as he takes an assignment to find some bomber. Same antics, different country. In fact alot of the same dialogue and "moments". Tucker's character just wants to have fun but is forced into helping out his partner, and the main villain involves some guy who killed Chans father..they used to be police partners too. Gee. Sniff. Well anyhow.
Tucker becomes annoying whiney, and while there are some moments in the film that bring humor based on his idiocy, it didn't work well. Jackie Chan may be making big money off these films but I have always liked his earlier stuff much better. As he is getting older he probably wants to lessen the dangerousness of his stunts, and perhaps lessen the amount of stunts per film overall. He has expressed this, and you can't blame someone for wanting to pursue more acting and less bone breaks. He has a great sense of humor, but frankly he's gotten where he is based on his amazingl way of manipulating martial arts into something fantastic to watch. He not only performs all his own stunts, but in the past some have been the most amazing I've ever seen. But you will see less in these movies. The outtakes in the end were mostly flubs on lines...not his signature stunt mishaps. I'm not that sure if it's because the stunts aren't as frequent or difficult, or because studio execs want to appeal to american audiences with humor. In all his previous films you'll see the accidents and injuries which lets the audience know that there is no double and appreciate just how talented he is. That is why i've watched Chan movies, his stunts are eye popping! One such film simply involved him and his master in a scene of hilarity and yet amazement doing stunts using plates and such. Another that comes to mind is him sliding down the side of a tremendously tall building. But no such scene really sticks out in "rush Hour 2".
The idea of this movie isn't that original in itself, many cop movies have involved the comedy factor of pairing up two different types of personalites..in this case we get all the culture jokes. I wasn't all that blown over with the first and the sequel didn't top it.
Avoid this and hit the video stores for "Who Am I?", "Rumble in the Bronx", "Drunken Master", the older the better actually so try and find those. They may be badly dubbed before Chan learned english but are still fantastic to watch.
I have to wonder if there will be another sequel, Chris Tucker makes a joking remark in the outtakes when someone is thrown at a window and he says "Guess he won't be in Rush Hour 3". They're trying to hard to pair up Chan in the Hollywood movies (ie: Shanghai Noon..while it was better than rush hour still not a great chan movie) when he can carry a movie by himself wonderfully, or with a female co-star. These ones lately spend too much time on the possibility of culture and race humor...taking the easy way out of making a really good movie. Plus I've noticed most of chans older movies nobody really gets hurt, not much blood..he didn't want to glorify violence in a realistic manner by being graphic. I always admired that, but can't see he's carried this into his recent films. The movie may be "Dumb fun", but mostly dumb.
|Just kick me for paying to see this.|