*Just as a warning, I rented two movies Wed. night, watched them, then went and saw Seven Pounds last night, so there’s gonna be quite a few new reviews, beginning with this one. So enjoy. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are back for more shenanigans as Inspector Lee and Detective Carter in probably my favorite buddy-action-comedy series, Rush Hour 3. I know, this movie came out about a year ago, but so did the next movie I’m reviewing, and there wasn’t anything new available. The story takes place about 3 or 4 years after the events of Rush Hour 2, and Lee and Carter are back to their normal lives. Carter’s directing traffic in one of the funniest and best ways to start off the movie Lee’s a bodyguard to a Chinese ambassador about to take down the triads, that is, until his life is put in danger. So Lee and Carter are off to Paris to find out the secrets of Shi Shin and hopefully finally take down the Triads once and for all. The tagline of this movie to me should have been Rush Hour 3-Everything you’d expect, nothing you wouldn’t. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this movie’s a lot like the past 2 movies, almost exactly like it but with a new coat of paint. It’s still hilarious, but it’s not necessarily the most original movie. The movie was able to get several laughs out of me, from the hilarious dojo scene to the numerous scenes involving the taxi driver that longed to be an American action hero and wore a Lakers cap, if that’s not funny I don’t know what is. The stunts, as in any Rush Hour movie, are epic and incredible. From the opening Micheal Jackon traffic directing sing a long, to the final faded danceoff to “War”, this movie is not only packed with laughs, but is really good service to the fans. There’s a fight in the Eiffel Tower that particularly amazed me. Overall, if you’ve never watched these movies, I’d recommend them as a total series and by just this movie alone. If you’ve watched the first two, then you definitely need to see this one. It’s not the best sequel, and it’s not the most original, but like any other Rush Hour movie, it’s a ton of fun, a barrel of laughs, and you won’t be sorry that you rented it.
4 out of 5