> Grade: C
With each new Jackie Chan film, there's an automatic expectation to see what the martial arts guru has in store for us this go around.
Film Chan in a McDonalds, for instance, and it would be a merry good ol' time.
He'd be eating a Big Mac or refilling a drink and we would watch knowing that it's only a matter of time before he takes down a gang of bandits using a straw and a happy meal toy.
In Rush Hour 2, where he returns with loud mouth, but sometimes funny Chris Tucker, we're treated to a fighting scene in a massage parlor. There's also one on bamboo scaffolding and one in a casino.
The action sequences are there, Chan and Tucker are fine, but the plot (sooner than later) grows tiresome and the implausibility level surpasses the Die Hard movies by a long shot.
Chan and Tucker are back as Hong Kong Police Inspector Lee and LAPD Detective James Carter. The two have taken a break from duty to spend vacation time in Hong Kong.
While Carter is solely interested in singing Karoake on stage, Lee is more involved with the breaking case of a U.S. Embassy bombing in which two customs agents were killed.
The lead suspect in the crime is Ricky Tan (John Lone), a much feared gang leader, but in his entourage are the menacing Hu Li (Zhang Ziyi) and American tycoon Steven Reign (Alan King).
The crime trail leads Lee and Carter back to the United States to the opening of a Las Vegas hotel, where the final action sequences take place, including a scene in which Chan is forced to do combat with a miniature bomb in his mouth.
Come to Rush Hour 2 for the action and you won't be disappointed. It's the plot I'd worry about.
The film is filled with holes, more holes and scenes which are there only for the convenience of the plot.
For instance, there's a scene in Vegas where Chan and Tucker find themselves in the middle of a street. Suddenly, they find an 18-wheeler coming toward them. They lay down. Another one comes. They lay down. I think it would have been more interested to have the second vehicle be something like a Toyota Camry or a BMW.
Chan delivers some pretty enjoyable stunts in the Rush Hour 2, while Tucker's humor is a good complement. But as far as the overall picture is concerned, the creativity and the writing skills lack the punch of the first one.
**** Rush Hour 2 is rated PG-13 for violence, profanity, vulgarity, brief partial nudity and racial epithets