RUSH HOUR 2
Despite the differences that exist between the individuals and the cultures there is still the possibility of a lasting friendship. The film also shows in numerous ways how following the wrong advice for the wrong reasons can get you into all kinds of trouble.
REVIEW BY MIKE FURCHES

RUSH HOUR 2
(2001)


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This page was last updated on May 23, 2005

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Click to enlargeDirected by Brett Ratner
Written by Jeff Nathanson
Characters by Ross LaManna

Jackie Chan .... Detective Inspector Lee
Chris Tucker .... Det. James Carter, LAPD
Chris Penn .... Clive
John Lone .... Ricky Tan
Ziyi Zhang .... Hu Li
Alan King .... Steven Reign

Produced by Roger Birnbaum (producer), Andrew Z. Davis (executive producer), Jonathan Glickman (producer), Arthur M. Sarkissian (producer), Jay Stern (producer)
Original music by Memphis Bleek, Foxy Brown, DMX, Ronald De Voe, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Macy Gray, Jay-Z, Method Man, Nelly, Doc Pomus, Redman, Ja Rule, Lalo Schifrin, Sisqo
Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti
Film Editing by Mark Helfrich

Rated PG-13 for action violence, language and some sexual material.


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Rush Hour 2 [Clean Version]
Various Artists - Soundtracks - 2001
1. Area Codes - Ludacris 2. Mine, Mine, Mine - Montell Jordan 3. Party... - Method Man/T.R. 4. No - Kandice Love 5. He's Back - Keith Murray 6. Love Again - Jazz 7. Keep It Real (Tell Me) - Musiq/Redman 8. Crazy Girl - LL Cool J 9. How It's Gonna Be - Lovher 10. Paper Trippin' - WC 11. You Make Me Laugh - Christina Milian 12. Mercedes Benz - Say Yes 13. Blow My Whistle - Hikaru Utada 14. Figadoh - Benzino 15. I'm Sorry - 3rd Storee 16. Brollic - Ft (F** That) 17. The World Is Yours - Macy Gray/Slick Rick

Get Ready For Another Rush Hour!

STUDIO SYNOPSIS:
Click to enlargeRush Hour 2 begins with Chief Inspector Lee of the Royal Hong Kong Police (JACKIE CHAN) and LAPD detective James Carter (CHRIS TUCKER) arriving in Hong Kong for a vacation. Armed with his Chinese-English dictionary, Carter is looking forward to a much-needed vacation and to sampling some of the city?s many exotic delights. But Lee, the ever-dedicated policeman, continues with his duties, frustrating Carter.

No sooner do they arrive, then they are confronted with the biggest case of their careers ? a bomb has exploded in the American Embassy, killing two U.S. Customs agents who had been investigating a money smuggling ring that is producing and shipping millions in "superbills," high-grade counterfeit U.S. $100 bills.

The Hong Kong police suspect the chief architect behind the blast is Ricky Tan (JOHN LONE), the elegant and cunning head of the Fu-Cang-Long Triad, the deadliest gang in China. Inspector Lee is assigned to crack the case, much to the chagrin of Carter, who is caught up in the events against his will and feels his vacation plans slipping away. For Lee the case is personal ? Ricky Tan was once his father?s partner on the Hong Kong police force and played a direct role in his father?s death.

Click to enlargeWith the Hong Kong and U.S. authorities fighting over jurisdiction of the case, Lee and a reluctant Carter set off on their own to track down Tan. But this time it?s Detective Carter who is the fish-out-of-water, and Lee now has the opportunity to teach him some lessons on his home turf (as Lee tells Carter in his not-so-perfect English, "in Hong Kong, I am Michael Jackson, you are Toto"). But in his own inimitable way, the fast-talking Carter has a few things to teach the locals as well!

As Lee and Carter lead a fast-paced pursuit of Ricky Tan and his gang, trying to locate the priceless plates used to print the counterfeit bills, they wreak havoc through a variety of Hong Kong locales, including a karaoke bar -- where Carter teaches the gangster clientele how to sing the definitive version of the classic "Don?t Stop ?Till You Get Enough" -- the Heaven on Earth massage parlor and a party on Tan?s yacht cruising the waters of scenic Victoria harbor.

Along the way they must contend with Tan?s beautiful and deadly henchwoman Hu Li (ZHANG ZIYI, who captivated audiences with her role as Jen Yu in the Academy Award-winning epic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), billionaire hotel owner and key Ricky Tan associate Steven Reign (legendary actor/comedian ALAN KING) and the alluring, mysterious and seemingly corrupt U.S. secret service agent Isabella Molina (ROSELYN SANCHEZ).

The action returns Stateside for a brief detour through Los Angeles before climaxing in a spectacular, action-filled finale at the opening night of the Red Dragon Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
? 2001 New Line Cinema

Review by
MIKE FURCHES
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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66."

Click to enlargeBefore I start this particular review, understand that I really enjoyed the first Rush Hour movie and really liked the teaming of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. I am a big Jackie Chan fan and really enjoyed the chemistry between the two in the first film. I have appreciated many of Jackie Chan's recent films over the last 6 years due in large part to the support of family, good guy Vs. bad guy themes, and the positive role model he has played for children. There are a lot of reasons Jackie Chan is the world's most popular actor, his characters, good writing, and his stunts are partially responsible for that.
Click to enlargeRush Hour 2 has Inspector Lee, played by Jackie Chan and Det. James Carter, played by Chris Tucker in Hong Kong. This is a reversal from the first film, which found Inspector Lee in Los Angeles on Detective Carter's "turf." While there are some fun scenes in which we see Detective Carter trying to adapt to Hong Kong, the chemistry between the two that existed in the first film always seems to fall just short. Even after they travel back to the United States and end up in Las Vegas, the story line does not improve and both characters still seem out of place.
Click to enlargeRush Hour 2 is about a number of things but the bottom line, I believe, is the chemistry that exists between two separate individuals, from two separate cultures. Despite the differences that exist between the individuals and the cultures there is still the possibility of a lasting friendship. The film also shows in numerous ways how following the wrong advice for the wrong reasons can get you into all kinds of trouble. Throughout the film both characters find themselves in situations that could have been avoided if they had made more of an effort not only to get to know each other, but also to have ultimately respected each other and the knowledge the other possessed. Throughout the film we see and hope that real friendship is more than what is offered here. While they show some concern for each other, seldom do we see a compassion that offers unconditional love, acceptance or belief.
Click to enlargeRush Hour 2 is a retelling of some of the concepts included in The Fiddler on the Roof. (Bet you never thought you would hear that comparison.) In many ways individuals get so caught up in their culture and traditions that they refuse to see the power of real love and respect for each other. >From that perspective, and with that thought Rush Hour 2 is worth seeing. This is a concept that goes back to the days of The Odd Couple, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and even beyond. Rush Hour 2, like all of this type of film, plays on the humor to some extent while at the same time addressing real social issues of acceptance.
Click to enlargeDespite the aspects of the first Rush Hour concept that was so promising, and despite the fact that Tucker and Chan are generally fun to watch together on screen, I was very disappointed in this film. Including many of the old Jackie Chan flicks filmed entirely for the Asian audience, this movie had the fewest action sequences and lost a great deal of the wonderful dialog that has existed in other Jackie Chan movies I have seen, by the way over 20. Some of the fun from past Jackie Chan films is in seeing his characters, who at times resemble Charlie Chaplains awkward grace, defeat his attackers with awesome and humorous forms of martial arts. Click to enlargeUnfortunately we see little of that here. As a result, Jackie gives the audience little to root for or relate to, since the numerous and unbelievable stunts that are a Jackie Chan trademark are all but non-existent. The understanding here is that the American movie company wanted to save on cost and thus reduced the number of stunts to save on insurance costs. Jackie Chan has been outspoken in his opposition to this. Unfortunately with Rush Hour 2 having the largest box office opening ever for a comedy, the producers and movie company have already made their money back and won't learn any lessons from this mistake. I only hope that the producers and director won't make the same mistake for the sequel of Shanghai Noon currently being made.
Click to enlargeChris Tucker continues to be funny when not allowed to over act but the location with the best humor, the karaoke bar, has some of the shortest and least developed scenes in the film. There are other scenes that are way overdone. His scene at the craps table in the casino take away from the character and tend to make him obnoxious. Click to enlargeI don't know who is responsible for this aspect of the film, Tucker, or the director Brett Ratner, but the bottom line is that it detracts from the film and gets beyond the point of being funny to the point of being obnoxious. The theater I saw the film in was sold-out and it was surprising at the silence that filled the theater during many of the comedy scenes with Tucker. Simply put, he just was not funny, and this is not a good formula for a movie billed as an action-comedy.
Click to enlargeRelationships and acceptance of others from various cultures are both deserving themes within this or any movie. While Rush Hour 2 attempts to address some of those themes I left the theater feeling disappointed. I have expected more from Jackie Chan over the years and this time I was let down. That does not mean I will lose respect for him. He has a pretty good track record as far as I am concerned and I have the hope and belief that he will bounce back. Would I see a third Rush Hour? The answer is probably yes, but I would definitely wait and view the film first before seeing taking my son to see it, or I might just wait for the discount movie houses or video, especially if the same direction was involved.
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On a scale of 1 - 10
the film falls just off the air mattress. 4
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