Rush Hour 2

Action movie superstar Jackie Chan and comedian Chris Tucker reteam for this entertaining sequel to the original 1998 hit, Rush Hour.  Detectives Lee and Carter must break up a criminal organization after an incident in Hong Kong.  If you take this movie for what it is – a fast, fun movie meant to entertain you – instead of concentrating on logistics, scene transitions, and fantastical character situations, then you will definitely enjoy Rush Hour 2.

This sequel adds a beautiful female couple, one tough antagonist Hu Li played Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and the other a capable agent named Isabella Molina, played by Roselyn Sanchez, to compliment Chan and Tucker’s crime fighting antics.

John Lone (The Shadow, Last Emperor) and Don Cheadle (Out of Sight, Traffic) put in some nice supporting performances.  Lone plays Ricky Tan, a powerful figure in China, with focused energy and appeal as Cheadle gets a choice sequence with Chan and Tucker in a restaurant.  Comedian Alan King puts in a below average performance as casino owner/business mogul Steven Reign.

Carter and Lee develop their relationship on a low level with entertaining quips and revelations about each other’s cultures.  Lee gets the only instances of real character development as the story focuses on his relationship with the man who killed his father and the years of angst and guilt it has produced.  Lee also gets some nice romantic scenes among his spectacular martial arts displays.

Chan’s stunts and martial arts work in this sequel are incredible to watch.  He continues to come up with inventive ways to top himself while adding Buster Keaton/Charlie Chaplin-like physical comedy elements into the mix.

Director Brett Ratner (Family Man, Money Talks, and the first Rush Hour) and his crew use some exciting locations during filming as they begin the movie in China then move to Los Angeles, California and ultimately Las Vegas, Nevada.  The color filled, carefully staged scenes provide a lot of entertainment for the audience but often aren’t necessary within the story.

Recommended (*** out of four stars) for the appealing stars and exciting action sequences.  Unrealistic elements in the story may bother some viewers, but this movie exists to provide a very high level of entertainment that will probably make you forget the logistics and story weaknesses very quickly.  The average story provides fast moving situations that the main characters use for action and comedic opportunities to entertain the audience.  Rated PG-13 for action violence, language and some sexual material.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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