Rush Hour (BD)
“Ain’t never gonna have no partner,” LAPD Det. James Carter insists. He gets a partner. And since that partner is played by dynamic martial arts legend Jackie Chan and motor-mouthed Carter is played by wisecracking Chris Tucker, Rush Hour zooms along with gleeful chemistry under the dynamic directorial hand of Brett Ratner. The case: rescue the kidnapped daughter of a visiting Hong Kong official. The result: amazing stunts (Chan does his own) and verbal wit (well, Tucker does his own, too!) that delivered a kick to the buddy-cop genre – and gave Chan his long-awaited, mainstream-U.S. breakthrough.]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.43 Ounces
- Item model number : NEWL1000088319BR
- Director : Brett Ratner
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : December 7, 2010
- Actors : Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Rolston
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Producers : Jay Stern, Roger Birnbaum, Arthur Sarkissian, Leon Dudevoir, Jonathan Glickman
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1 ES Matrix)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B003ZD9E4W
- Writers : Jim Kouf, Ross LaManna
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In this first film an infamous criminal known as Juntao was stealing Chinese artifacts and kidnaps the Chinese Consul in Los Angeles’ daughter. Chan as Detective Lee comes to America to rescue the girl. The Los Angeles police consider him a nuisance and give a delinquent cop Detective James Carter (Tucker) the job of distracting him from the case. Instead the two carry out their own investigation and get in a bunch of trouble as a result.
Director Brent Ratner was heavily influenced by Bruce Lee movies. The opening sequence of a panoramic view of Hong Kong and music by Lao Schifrin were borrowed from Enter The Dragon. He also incorporated some of Chan’s stunts and techniques in the action sequences like in the final confrontation.
Chan and Tucker were fantastic at playing off each other. There are many memorable moments between the two. For instance when they first meet Tucker yells at Chan and asks him “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Tucker is yelling playing upon the American stereotype that the way to talk to people that don’t speak English is to raise their voice. Another time Tucker tries to show Chan how to sing and dance to War by Edwin Starr.
In the end everyone involved delivered a very satisfying film.
The 90s was an era of cliches, stereotypes, sexism, and cheesy action films. Rush Hour is a combination of all these qualities and more. Who doesn't remember "War, huh, good god, What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!".
- Chris Tucker's comedic timing is perfect and his unfiltered jokes match each scene perfectly.
- Jackie Chan's stunts are top notch in this film.
- The action scenes are intense and fun.
- The plot is unrealistic.
- All those people shooting at Tucker and Chan and no one got shot?
- The Law of Physics does not apply in this film.
Final Verdict: A cult classic and a film that makes you feel good at the end.
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FUN FACT: Jackie Chan was shocked at the precautions the crew had to take in order to ensure his safety. There is a scene where Chan jumps from a tree into a window of the Chinese Embassy. While stunt coordinator Terry Leonard admitted that Chan could have easily made the jump on his own, the crew had to build scaffolding on either side of the window in the event that the stunt went wrong. When Chan saw the scaffolding for the first time, he shook his head and said, You Americans...so safe.
It isn't the best movie I've ever seen. It isn't close. Rush Hour isn't trying to be great art, and it doesn't succeed at what it's not trying for. But it's a pretty great way to spend an hour and a half.
As an aside, it's kinda silly how the Chinese characters are speaking Mandarin, though they're supposed to be from Hong Kong. But whatever...
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