Volume 92, Issue 11
Monday, September 22, 1998
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Jackie hooks up with one bad mother Tucker
Photo by Bob Marshak
WHICH ONE OF Y'ALL WROTE THIS? Chris Tucker hits the big time as a trash talkin' cop sent to help out side-kicking, martial artist Jackie Chan. It's the very latest in fast paced action/comedy, Rush Hour.
By Dan Nedelcu
The fall season is now officially upon us, which means it's time for Hollywood to bring out a new crop of possible Oscar contending films. These films have a sharper focus on acting and more intriguing story-lines. However, in the midst of all this melodrama, the studios still manage to squeeze in the occasional action and/or comedy. The film which is currently having very minimal impact on the industry is Rush Hour.
The newest "buddy-cop" flick pairs Jackie Chan's quick fists with Chris Tucker's quick mouth. Chan plays a Hong Kong detective named Lee, who comes to America to assist in a kidnapping which involves the Chandler of Hong Kong. Enter the sometimes funny and always loud Chris Tucker as Detective Carter of the LAPD. Carter has been designated to babysit Lee as a bum assignment forced on him by the FBI.
Director Brett Ratner (Money Talks) fails to take this film down a new alley by falling victim to the abused and reused "arguing-duo" themes. Most of the film is spent with Tucker yelling and poking fun at Chan's inability to speak English or ascertain Western culture.
Society struggles to be politically correct and yet we still chuckle at the way the Chinese pronounce certain words in the English language. Still, the film does not focus on this and delivers an overwhelming message that we can all learn something from one another. This is highlighted by a scene where both characters take time out from chasing "bad guys" in order to teach each other about styling and martial arts.
Despite its weaknesses, this is still a Jackie Chan flick with hyper-kinetic kicks and spins throughout the film. Chan is always a treat to watch, as he makes short work of anyone who gets in his way. He has great energy and plays off of not only people, but objects as well.
Rush Hour may lack a lot of things, including plot, script and originality. But as pure, brain dead, entertainment fluff, it accomplishes its mission.
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