The Birthday Series – Rush Hour 2 (2001)

Droids Birthday Series 2001 I’m reviewing a film that was released on or around August 2nd for each year of my life. Here’s 2001.

Rush Hour 2 Poster What’s the deal with Chris Tucker? After appearing in seven films between 1995 and 1997, including ‘Friday’, ‘Money Talks’ and ‘The Fifth Element’, he has only made three films, all of them ‘Rush Hour’. Why has he withdrawn from Hollywood? What does he do with his time, apart from sit there counting all his cash? It’s strange.

Rush Hour 2 1 The first ‘Rush Hour’ film saw Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) follow a kidnapping case from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with Detective Carter (Chris Tucker). The sequel sees Carter visiting Lee in Hong Kong. A bomb explodes at the US Embassy, killing two americans. Carter and Lee get involved in the case, which involves counterfeit money, Chinese triads, a mystery surrounding the death of Lee’s father, Las Vegas casino’s, the secret service, mu shu and lots and lots of jokes about the diminutive stature of Chinese people.

Rush Hour 2 2 I wasn’t much of a fan of the first ‘Rush Hour’ film. But since it made over $250 million at the box office, a sequel was inevitable. ‘Rush Hour 2’ is a minor improvement. It’s mercifully short, and while it’s never involving or terribly funny, it does make for a mildly entertaining diversion. There’s simply not too much to get upset about.

Rush Hour 2 3 Both Tucker and Chan are pleasant, likeable screen presences. They are not really playing characters, just a variation on their screen persona. They work well together. They’ll never rank up there with the greatest comedy duo’s but what they do, they do well enough. Chan has a few decent stunts, but it’s a shade of what we have come to expect from his thirty-plus years in the film industry. Tucker has some funny lines, but when the biggest laugh I got is from an old woman passing Tucker on a stairwell and saying in Chinese “Move aside, Kobe!”, you know it’s not terrific comedy.

Rush Hour 2 5 The direction by Brett Ratner is efficient without ever nearing creative (as if Ratner has ever been accused of being creative!). He’s simply a shooter. Someone who puts the camera in a good enough position to cover the action. There’s no innovation there. No individual style. His films could’ve been directed by anyone. He has simply lucked out by making a few hits. It’s the only explanation I can give as to why he’s not directing episodes of Law and Order.

The screenplay written by Jeff Nathanson does it’s job in a simple manner. There are one or two good lines, but nothing memorable. According to the ever reliable Wikipedia, he’s currently working on a Milli Vanilli biopic. If ever there was a biopic that’s screaming out to be made, it’s that one.

Rush Hour 2 4 This is a shorter review than normal, because quite honestly, there’s not a lot to talk about. Maybe I should have gone with my alternate option, which was the Angelina Jolie/Antonio Banderas turd ‘Original Sin’. But despite the promise of boobs, I couldn’t face watching that one again. ‘Rush Hour 2’ is what it is. A mildly entertaining kung fu action comedy. And that’s all there is to it.

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Yay! It’s my 2001 birthday! Remember to take a slice of cake home with you.

 

For Droids a jolly good fellow!

2009 – The Collector

2008 – The Midnight Meat Train

2007 – Hot Rod

2006 – Bon Cop Bad Cop

2005 – The Dukes of Hazzard

2004 – The Manchurian Candidate

2003 – Gigli

2002 – Signs

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5 responses to “The Birthday Series – Rush Hour 2 (2001)”

  1. Jarv says :

    Another shit film. Well, it gets better from here.

    Actually, although this is shit it’s innocuous.

  2. ThereWolf says :

    Not seen a Rush Hour movie. Still not moved to see one.

    “… he’s currently working on a Milli Vanilli biopic. If ever there was a biopic that’s screaming out to be made, it’s that one.”

    Heh!

  3. xiphos0311 says :

    What’s the deal with Chris Tucker? After appearing in seven films between 1995 and 1997, including ‘Friday’, ‘Money Talks’ and ‘The Fifth Element’, he has only made three films, all of them ‘Rush Hour’. Why has he withdrawn from Hollywood?

    Didn’t he join the god squad and become a hard core christer?

  4. M. Blitz says :

    Never saw this movie. Never saw the first one (well, bits of it, as I was working at a movie theater when it came out…which means there’s a good chance I actually saw a midnight screening of it but I was usually pretty wasted at those, so…..).

    I would totally watch a Milli Vanilli biopic though! Or maybe not, that would be some seriously depressing shit if their Behind the Music is anything to go on…..

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