"Rush Hour 3" works because Brett Ratner understands basic film theory - CinemaDave
Aug. 26th, 2007 06:58 pm "Rush Hour 3" works because Brett Ratner understands basic film theory
Less successful with mainstream critics and box office is director Brett Ratner's "Rush Hour 3." This buddy action flick features the motor mouth Chris Tucker and the amazing acrobatics of Jackie Chan. "Rush Hour 3" has a links with the original "Rush Hour;" the little kidnapped girl from the first movie has grown up to kick some bad guy booty and the bad guys work for the Asian criminal syndicate, the Triads. This time, Tucker and Chan chase the bad guys to Paris. After much cultural faux pas and a cavity search by director Roman Polanski, "Rush Hour 3" climaxes with a battle on the Eiffel Tower.
For many years, Jackie Chan prided himself by avoiding a stunt double. However after breaking most bones in his body and approaching his sixties, Chan is relying on more special effects to accomplish this task. Yet, even with these enchancments, the action sequences of "Rush Hour 3" far surpasses the muddled action of "The Bourne Ultimatium." "Rush Hour 3" also features some funny bits and belly laughs.
It is apparent that Brett Ratner has learned from master director John Ford. Both directors allow the action to occur within the frame of the camera lens. One does not have to be a cinema scholar to appreciate the longevity of a well directed action sequence, John Ford movies still stand the test of time.