Jackie Chan is still trying to find the right formula
for the American movie market. Rush Hour teams him with motor mouth Chris Tucker as
two detectives trying to save a young Chinese kidnap victim. Their motivations are as
diverse as their personalities. The eleven year old girl is the daughter of the Chinese
Consul newly arrived from Hong Kong for a life in the United States. Jackie is brought
over by the Consul in a desperate attempt to bolster the forces of the FBI team. And
Tucker, hes the LAPD cop whos supposed to keep Jackie away from the action.
Good choice guys!
|New Line/1998/97/ANA 2.35
Jackie and Chris , a new buddy
concept. İNew Line
Rush Hour tries hard
to capitalize on comic chemistry between its two stars. They are certainly a
contrasting pair. Tuckers hyper-kinetic animation emanates from mouth and body while
Jackie quietly charms and gracefully jumps through the paces of action hero.
Unfortunately, Rush Hour is short on the stunts that are signatures of Jackie Chan
vehicles. The story is okay, but the focus is more on the Tucker/Chan relationship. The
excellent Tom Wilkinson is wasted in the villains role. In fact, a good villain is
something sorely missing from Rush Hour.
Director Brett Ratner has a good visual style but he seems like
his vehicle runs rather out of control through this Rush Hour. He does convey a
sense of fun tot he proceedings and this helps salvage the limited story line. The Lalo
Schifrin score is lively and helps propel the action. Adam Greenbergs photography is
This DVD from New Line has reference written all over it. The
source material is perfect for transfer to video. The snappy photography is transferred as
slick as a glossy magazine page. The anamorphic image is consistently sharp. The comic
book colors are exciting and dynamic. And its a packed special edition DVD as well.
Director Brett Ratner provides one audio commentary and composer (Peter Gunn) Lalo Schifrin
provides an additional commentary over an isolated score. There are deleted scenes, a
featurette, a music video and a student film that helped launch Brett Ratners
career. On the DVD Rom front, Rush Hour offers some additional special features
for the PC. Any scene can be accessed directly form the screenplay. You can print any part
of the screenplay, theres an interactive game and lots more info on Jackie Chan and
Chris Tucker. Huzzahs to New Line.
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