2001 Review - "Rush Hour 2" and "Kiss of the Dragon" - CinemaDave
Aug. 26th, 2007 06:48 pm 2001 Review - "Rush Hour 2" and "Kiss of the Dragon"
It has been recently announced that Jackie Chan and Jet Li are teaming together for a new movie. For Martial Arts Cinema fans, this would have been the equivalent of Clint Eastwood making a movie with the late John Wayne.Â While the Chan-Li teaming is still in the preproduction stage, this dynamic duo have two movies that are making the rounds on current screens.
"Rush Hour 2" is the most fun of the two motion pictures and features Chan reuniting with motor mouth Chris Tucker. Tucker is actually a drag on Chan's physical performance. Chan is universally known for performing his own stunts, however several action sequences appear computer en chanced to provide a close up for Chris Tucker.
The plot? It has something to do with the Triads, the bad guys from another genre movie, "Lethal Weapon 4." Other than that, we see Chan & Tucker chase the bad guys from Hong Kong to Las Vegas and become involved with double agents and dirty deals. The strength of "Rush Hour 2" is watching Martial arts action sequences that seem fresh. Chan definitely carries the modern mantle of both Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.
One can speculate what this Chan-Li future motion picture will be about. While Chan is very expressive and veers towards a punch line, Li appears more low key with a stoic persona. Expect some outrageous stunts and protracted Kung Fu fighting from this future teaming.
In the meantime, Jackie Chan's "Rush Hour 2" provides some matinee fun for a family while Jet Li's "Kiss of the Dragon" can provide some entertainment for more mature audiences on the video shelf.