Movie Reviews: Rush Hour 2




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      New Line Cinema (1 hr. 40 min.)
     Detectives Carter and Lee become tangled in a criminal conspiracy involving the deadly Triad.
     Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Zhang Zi-Yi and Roselyn Sanchez.
Bottom Line:


The best thing about any Jackie Chan movie is watching the end credits roll, which show the numerous outtakes of Chan’s stunts that have gone awry.

Chan, 46, has a creative knack for mixing martial arts with gymnastics while taking the audience for a fun ride. His acrobatic feats are a work of art as he turns a chair, wastebasket or desk into a lethal weapon.
The outtakes make great fodder, and have become a signature segment and arguably the best part of a Chan movie.

But credits aside, "Rush Hour 2" is a perfect matinee popcorn-munching buddy flick, with an actual plot that the audience can follow along with that’s underlined by motor-mouth Chris Tucker’s barrage of funny one-liners. It hits the highway and never slows down.

In their sophomore outing as odd couple detectives Carter and Lee, Chan and Tucker managed to flip and quip Chinese Mafia gangsters who are distributing funny money from Hong Kong to Vegas.

The action-packed film opens in Hong Kong, where vacationing Carter is duped by Lee into helping him catch the Fu-Cang-Long Triad leader, Ricky Tan (John Lone). Tan has murdered Lee’s father and ordered the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Hong Kong.

The pair follows the deadly Triad to Los Angeles and finally to Las Vegas where they join forces with a beautiful Secret Service agent (Roselyn Sanchez) who Carter believes is a double agent working for the Triad.

In the first "Rush Hour," a little bit of Tucker went a long way as the audience received too much of a good thing. However, in "Rush Hour 2," Tucker seems to have hit his stride as a comedic actor and is actually a welcome comedy relief instead of an annoyance.

In a summer suffering from sequel-it is, as in the case of "Dr. Dolittle 2," "Rush Hour 2," is a surprisingly funny comedy.



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