Action Comedy
Rush Hour 2
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Dir: Brett Ratner
Star: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Ziyi Zhang, Roselyn Sanchez
Cert / Year: 12 - PG13 / 2001
Format: DVD R1
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Picking up where the first film left off, we find smart alec LA cop James Carter (Chris Tucker) on holiday visiting Lee (Jackie Chan) in Hong Kong. The holiday is interrupted when the American embassy is bombed and Lee takes the case because he suspects the man who double crossed his father Ricky Tan (John Lone) is responsible. Soon the not so dynamic duo are involved in a plot to flood the US with almost perfect counterfeit money. Chasing beautiful hit woman Hu Li (Ziyi Zhang) they attempt to uncover who is behind the plot. Is it Ricky Tan, or American millionaire Steven Reign (Alan King)? A possibly corrupt treasury agent Isabella (Roselyn Sanchez) may hold the answer.

Here we go again, this is a case of more of the same, which is not such a bad thing. Things would have been pretty boring if this film had been exactly the same so with a neat twist the fish out of water roles have been reversed (a bit like Crocodile Dundee 2 only funnier). Much is made of Carter's attempts to blend into Chinese culture, and some of the funniest lines in the film come from his pathetic attempts to speak the language. However these joke are never allowed to wear thin as just when you get used to it the film the action relocates to the US.

It must be said that Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan work very well together (all the more impressive considering that half the time they can't understand each other). Their comedy double act has developed from the first film and we are left with one of the classic cop-buddy partnerships of all time. In this film Tucker is allowed more of the action and Chan is allowed more of the humour and this balances out nicely. I know that many people find Chris Tucker annoying but trust me in this film he is only in so much as the character requires it (maybe he's growing on me). The film greatest strength is the chemistry between the leads and it strikes an excellent balance between great comedy and exciting action.

The remaining cast are like the first movie not big names. Ziyi Zhang is fresh from her breakthrough role in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, but proves rather a disappointment. She never quite convinces in the hit woman role, looking to small and vulnerable (no number of power suits can hide this). Also her scene with the swords just feels tacked on in response to her previously mentioned movie. Roselyn Sanchez on the other hand does a fine job, as does John Lone. Special mention must be made of Jeremy Piven who steals a scene as the camp Versace salesman and for the cameo by the ever reliable Don Cheadle (as Kenny the black Asian wannabe).

Brett Ratner does a fine job in helming the action. With good of use being made of the exotic Hong Kong locations and the glittering light of Vegas. This adds an interesting backdrop to the action. Further atmosphere is added by a great Lalo Schifrin soundtrack, with additional songs from artists as Snoop Dogg to The Beach Boys. The only disappointing aspect is that Jackie Chan is not required to perform any of his outstanding stunts. Don't get me wrong the fight scenes are beautifully choreographed and flawless in their execution. It's just that they aren't that impressive compared to his earlier work. Maybe its because he is getting older or maybe its due to the American studios having to get insurance for the actor, its just I never thought I'd see Jackie Chan requiring a stunt double.

The fights may not be as impressive but this film is an all round slicker better finished piece of work when compared to the first. The two leads understanding of each other has increased and the jokes are funnier. Overall this means that it is just as impressive as the first and maybe slightly more entertaining. This is definitely the most mainstream Hollywood picture of Jackie Chan's career, and as he gets older this may be the way forward. This whole series provides a bridge between Hong Kong and Hollywood, and in this sequel its now a little more Hollywood than Hong Kong. Funny, action packed and enjoyable ride, roll on Rush Hour 3.

Rating: 3 out of 5

DVD
Picture 2.35:1 Anamorphic Very nice
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 or an alternative 6.1 DTS mix
Features Inifilm - In film interactive extras
Some great deleted \ replacement scenes
Outakes with optional commentary
Early Brett Ratner Student Film Lady Luck
Trivia Subtitle Track
Attaining International Stardom featurette
Culture Clash: West Meets East, Language Barrier,Kung Fu Choreography featurettes
Commentary by Director Brett Ratner and Writer Jeff Nathanson
Making Magic Out Of Mire: A Look At Brett Ratner
Analysis Of Selected Scenes
Fashion Of Rush Hour 2
Visual Effects Deconstruction
Theatrical & Teaser Trailers
Cast and Crew Filmographies
Verdict Inifilm may be a bit of a useless gimmick and no subsitute for proper menus, but this is an excellent disc

Rating: 4 out of 5

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