Written by: J. Logan
Today when I got home from class, I turn on the TV and saw that a good throwback was on Rush Hour 2. Watching the movie got my thoughts going about the whole trilogy Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, and Rush Hour 3. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker really made their marks in cinema history with these films, in my opinion. The martial arts/action comedy buddy cop film series started in 1998 and gain great success from the start. In 1995 screenwriter Ross LaManna began the script for the first Rush Hour and was finished by Jim Kouf. The two did a wonderful job with story line of the film and the development of the jokes, of course.
The casting within the film was also amazing because the two had such great chemistry playing Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) and Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker). The story follows the two cops as they rescue the daughter of the Chinese consul Solon Han (Tzi Ma) who was kidnapped. From the start of the movie to the end the action was great, the comedy was on point, and the story line kept interest. The movie started with a $33 million budget and did very well in box offices. During it's opening weekend they hit number 1 in North America bringing in $140 million in box office sales and $103 million in the rest of the world. The film currently holds a 60% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and received an "A" grade on an audience poll conducted by CinemaScore.
The second Rush Hour is the best one in my opinion simply because I enjoyed the jokes more. Released in 2001, Rush Hour 2 followed the same two lovable cop buddies for a new case. The story was written by Jeff Nathanson who did very well with the plot and jokes within the movie. Inspector Lee and Detective Carter discover that the Hong Kong gang, the Triads, are involved with a counterfeit scam. The two really grew as friends on and off camera and I believe it truly showed within the film. The film did very well and eventually surpassed the first film in it's total earnings. During open weekend the film brought in over $67 million in box office sales and ended up becoming the 5th highest grossing domestic film of 2001.
The Last Rush Hour was not a favorite for me and I'm not sure why. Although the chemistry between the two is still there, the story line just didn't keep me too interested. Released in 2007, Rush Hour 3, followed the two as they team up to stop the Triads for good. Although it did well in box offices sales, but could only earn a 19% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As a series the film did a great job and there's even talk of releasing a Rush Hour 4, it has even been talked about by Chris Tucker himself stating that he wants to give us "the rush of all rushes." If it really happens will that be in your "must see" list or no?