Rush Hour (1998)
When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and Carter form an unlikely partnership and investigate the case themselves.
Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy cop action comedy film starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as two cops that have nothing in common working together to rescue the daughter of a Chinese diplomat who has been captured while also arresting a crime lord. Directed by Brett Ratner, the film features a ton of action and drama. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker's humor is phenomenal. This is a film you will surely remember. Rush Hour was made on a budget of $33,000,000. Rush Hour grossed $244,400,000, making it a huge success. Because of the success of Rush Hour, it was followed by two sequels, Rush Hour 2 (2001), and Rush Hour 3 (2007). Rush Hour's film score was conducted and composed by living-legend - Lalo Schifrin ("Bullitt", "Enter The Dragon"). The music is absolutely amazing and is one of the best if not the best thing about the movie. I could listen to this music forever and I wouldn't get bored of it. A perfect action comedy film. This film is a buddy cop masterpiece and one of my favorite films ever. 10/10.
This happened to be on cable last night and as I haven't seen it in a very long time I decided to check it out. The film is about a Hong Kong detective played by Jackie Chan,who teams up with a fast-talking FBI agent named Carter played by Chris Tucker(who I swear is the love child of Eddie Murphy btw)to catch the mastermind who kidnapped a 10 year old Chinese girl who ended up being taken by two Chinese guys. So its up to Tucker and Lee to save the little girl from the two baddies. But someone else could be behind it too?Overall I found this film hilarious. The cast was great especially Jackie Chan who is one of my favorite actors as he is an expert at martial arts and Chris Tucker literally stole everything in this movie with his high-pitched voice and his witty persona.The action sequences were great and bottom line I enjoyed it.If you haven't seen it be sure and check it out.
Yes, it did take me this long to see the movie. I was hesitant for so long because these movies are not my niche. I don't normally like goofy buddy cop movies, but this along with the 21 Jump Street series, has been an exception. With comedies, you need to feel fresh with your bits, and create a unique bond of chemistry between your leads. We have seen it fail too many times before so I was glad to see that Rush Hour nailed it for its time.Coming out in 1998, I'm not sure we had seen any black male and Asian male take the leads in a film together. Usually its a risk financially for studios (it shouldn't be, but it is). But Jackie Chan, being the international star that he was, and Chris Tucker being at the peak of his comedic stardom, it was definitely a good fit. And they ended up having a lot of chemistry. It was really funny watching the two learn about each others ways of living and the endless amount of inappropriate racial jokes. Some can definitely be considered offensive, but knowing its just a movie, I couldn't help myself but laugh a few times. I honestly didn't see myself liking the film after the first few scenes with Tucker. His voice is exaggeratingly high pitched and it was hard to get over at first. I think you just cant take the movie too seriously. If you just have fun with it and turn your brain off for 90 minutes, it can be an enjoyable time.Knowing that there are two more, and possibly a third on the way, of the franchise, I will watch the others shortly. There's nothing special about the film, but I had fun with it. Not to mention the fact that seeing Brett Ratner's name in the opening credits as the director was a big turn off (thanks for X-Men 3), but hey it was better than I expected.+Chemistry between Chan and Tucker +The dynamic creates funny moments/jokes +Mindless fun -Nothing too original -Tucker's voice7.0/10
Seeing this movie for the rest time in 2015, I can see why some might critique this film for its overly simplified plot, slightly offensive racial comedy and -at times - seemingly low budget production. But give it the benefit of the doubt. Remember that 1998 was a much simpler time. Both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker were in their prime. And back then, putting together a Hong Kong National and a loud-mouth black cop from the LAPD was pure comedic genius. The clash of cultures comedy is atypical, of course, but it's still hilarious. I think Rush Hour is a fun watch for everybody - even families (with parental guidance of course). Don't take it too seriously and you'll laugh along.