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Rush Hour
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Jan 7, 2011 By: Daniel Rohr
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Director:
Brett Ratner

Actors:
Chris Tucker
Jackie Chan
Tom Wilkinson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A Chinese Consul's daughter is kidnapped and two detectives (one from the LAPD and once from Hong Kong) are forced to team up and find her. As you can guess, the humor in the movie is based off of the wacky cultural differences between the two.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
RUSH HOUR is a popcorn movie. There's nothing wrong with that, as it can be entertaining. It's simply a movie where you watch it for 100 minutes, laugh a few times, have your heart rate go up a little for the action beats, talk about it for a few minutes with whoever you watched it with and then pretty much forget about it forever.

Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan star as two detectives from opposite ends of the Earth, thrust together because of the kidnapping of a Consul's daughter. At first, in an attempt to keep them away from an investigation, the FBI blocks them from doing anything official and hopes the two will just distract each other. Their relationship starts out a little rocky because of the cultural barriers but they eventually warm up to each other and work together to bust the case open.

For the most part, the humor fell pretty flat to me. I laughed a few times but nothing really struck me as hilarious. I'm a huge fan of race-based humor but all the jokes here were too easy. It may not help that this is the third time I've seen RUSH HOUR, so the jokes are even more stale by now. The action scenes were well-done, and anytime you get to watch Jackie Chan perform his own stunts, it's great. The action was helped immensely by a score from the legendary composer Lalo Schifrin.

I think I kinda like Tucker. He's done a fabulous job at making sure he doesn't over expose the audience to his particular brand of humor by releasing 2 movies every year. Jackie Chan is OK in the movie. He doesn't really get to show off with any crazy stunts but he's still physically impressive. His acting was pretty solid too, I just hope my ears never have to hear him try to sing ever again.

One more thing. I played soccer until I was 18 and have kicked many a dude in the face but have never heard the sound RUSH HOUR uses for kicks-to-the-face sound effects. It sounds like a handful of spaghetti is being slammed against a wall. It bothered me the whole movie.
THE EXTRAS
If you have the DVD, you've seen these special features already.

A Piece of the Action (40min) - One of the better behind-the-scenes docs around. It truly shows the process of filming and isn't just an advertisement for the movie.

Commentary By Brett Ratner - It's a full and informative track. I'd imagine if you're not a fan of Brett Ratner though, you'll find it insufferable.

Deleted Scenes (3min) - A couple additional scenes, all of which deserved to be cut.

Whatever Happened to Mason Reese (12min) - Student film from 1990 by Brett Ratner. Ratner introduces the film and relates a nice story about how he got some money from Spielberg to make it. The film itself is pretty terrible.

Isolated Score with Commentary by Composer Lalo Schifrin - A little dry and Schifrin rambles a bit (as 70 year olds tend to do) but still worth a listen to learn more about the theme and how it came to be.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A fun (well, as fun as a movie where people are shot and killed can be) but unremarkable movie gets a forgettable Blu-ray with a nice transfer but a set of extras that are ported directly from the old DVD release.
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