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Rush Hour 2

Rush Hour 2

What he said:

He

Believe it or not, Jackie Chan has been making movies since the 60s. That’s a really long time, especially for a guy who isn’t even 60 years old yet. What’s even more amazing is that he didn’t really hit it big in the U.S. until Rush Hour, which came out in 1998.

Yes, I know he was first introduced to most of the American audience in the ridiculously ridiculous Rumble in the Bronx, but Rush Hour catapulted him into fame here in the U.S.

Rush Hour 2 reunites Chan and Chris Tucker (Friday) as detectives Lee and Carter head to Hong Kong for a much need vacation after the events of the previous film. But fate isn’t so kind as Lee and Carter get roped into working on a new case; much to the chagrin of the latter.

This results in all kinds silliness that is quite familiar to anyone who has seen Rush Hour, but might even surpass the highly successful first film. I haven’t seen the first one in a while, but just know this one makes me laugh.

These two guys have chemistry. that much cannot be denied.

Tucker plays the cocky, loud, obnoxious Carter very well. He may be a little too much for some people, but he just cracks me the hell up. He comes out with some real zingers in this movie.

Chan is the caring and hard-working detective Lee, and he is very good at portraying that aspect of the character’s personality. He’s obviously very good at the acrobatic portion of the role. The guy is practically a martial arts version of Fred Astaire. But if you pay attention to his performance, he’s actually not a bad actor at all. He’s the heart and soul of the film.

Zhang Ziyi also manages to be quite entertaining as the villain, despite the fact she barely utters any lines.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on September 3, 2011.

What she said:

She

I think I once saw the original Rush Hour movie, once.  And yet for some reason, I’ve seen the second one at least 5 times.  Anyway, I recently had another viewing of the flick, the first in quite some time, and it reminded me how talented Chris Tucker was.  I say was like he’s no longer with us when the truth is that, like Sinbad or Tony Danza, he’s still very much alive.  It’s just that it seems he’s gone a bit nutty and hasn’t done a movie since 2007.

Anyway, Rush Hour 2 captures Tucker when he was on the tale end of his prime, still funny and not demanding $7 million a movie.  He and Jackie Chan team up to unravel a mysterious murder in Hong Kong, Chan aka Inspector Lee’s home turf.  While the movie doesn’t quite capture all the splendor of the original, there are some pretty funny moments.  Actually, the whole movie may be worth just seeing Tucker aka James Carter do karaoke to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” in a Chinese mobster nightclub. 

Chan and Tucker have great karma, although the film is not as well written as its predecessor.  You can’t help but feel at times that it’s trying a bit too hard.  But everybody loves a buddy action comedy, and so the movie works on that level.  Some decent humor and lots of running and chasing.

Thumbs mostly up.