6 years since the last film and the undynamic duo are back, but gone are the slick action set pieces, the witty repartee and the decent plot lines and in are some very bad judgements of both direction, script and acting.
This is a very lazy film all round, the plot is very thin and flimsy, Chris Tucker who played the annoying cop well in the other films is far too annoying in this and has some terrible dialogue. The worst of this also sees him singing on several occasions so it was like watching sing a long with Rush Hour, he has not got a good voice which I think is the point, but it gives the film some of its worst moments.
Jackie Chan is starting to look to old and doesn't have the zip and energy he had in earlier films. Whether this is down to choice or just the poorly executed action sequences I don't know, but I also got the feeling he didn't do all of his own stunts and anyone who knows Jackie Chan knows that he does his own. In fact this is the biggest disappointment for me as that is my reason for watching the Rush Hour films, the perfect balance of Jackie's martial artistry with the funny one liners from Chris Tucker. There partnership this time just doesn't work and it is both the script and unfortunately the director that are too blame.
Brett Ratner really should have done a better job with the film. The action sequences aren't a patch on earlier films and there are hardly any. This means that Jackie never gets to show us what he can do properly and what action sequences there are aren't shot very well in that you can't appreciate the chorography properly.
It also features some terrible French accents especially from Marks & Spencer model Noemie Lenoir who makes her screen debut here. The bad guys are also some of the worst you will see and neither look that menacing or that evil. Finally I noticed some scenes that look far too familiar, one in particular sees Jackie Chan perform a stunt that he did in the previous films, at this point I completely lost interest. If they couldn't be bothered to make the effort thinking of new stuff why should the audience make the effort to pay attention.
The previous films are not classics in any way, but they delivered good solid entertainment and I have watched them a few time, in fact they are in my DVD collection. The reality with Rush Hour 3 is I will neither be watching it again or buying it.