Rush Hour 3

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Aug 192007
 

Rush Hour 3Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker return as Inspectors Lee and Carter. This time the Chinese ambassador has been shot by the worst criminal organization in the world, the Triad, during a council. When the ambassador’s daughter gets kidnapped, the story leads the cops to Paris, where they work to destroy the Triads for good.

Director
Brett Ratner

Genre
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Cast
Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Youki Kudoh, Max von Sydow, Yvan Attal, Noémie Lenoir, Jingchu Zhang, Tzi Ma, Roman Polanski, Henry O, Michael Chow

Lay and I saw this last night at AMC Westshore. I was hoping that seeing it at Westshore might mitigate the noise problem I expected from a bunch of kids that might see it at Veterans. Unfortunately, the movie was spoiled for us by a lady sitting about three seats over. Her kid kicked the back of the seat in front of him though out the movie, despite the seat occupant giving them “the look.” But the worst was the lady herself carrying on a conversation with the movie during the entire show. Several couples in the moved. Why theater managers don’t do a better job of checking on noise, I’ll never understand. 

The first two were pretty good comedy movies staring both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as cop partners with a typical plot with good action mixed with comedy. This one follows the same structure. If you liked the first two, you will most likely enjoy this one. There are, as expected, lots of action scenes and again Chris Tucker’s character delivers a lot of the jokes and Jackie Chan’s still got the awesome moves, but I thought this one was a bit more tame.

It was the usual plot that started with an attempted murder, the bad guy disguised as the good guy, and a kidnapping. It was good and I’m glad the series is still working but perhaps the series should end here. It’s hard to tell, but usually 3 movies is enough and the first one started like 10 years ago so its a rather large gap. The movie delivered a few laughs, some action scenes, and for what it was I thought it stayed true to its pedigree.

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X-Men: The Last Stand

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May 302006
 

tt0376994.jpgWhen a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart), and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier’s former ally, Magneto (McKellen).

Directed by
Brett Ratner

Genres
Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Cast
Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, Rebecca Romijn, James Marsden, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Stewart, Ben Foster, Dania Ramirez, Ellen Page

Lay and I took two of his nephews to see this movie Saturday.

Director Brett Ratner was desperately trying to cram in so many characters , effects, and try to get emotional depth and character driven scenes, he failed at getting the balance right. He took on too much it seems and in a hurry, so this could be released before Superman Returns. Interesting plot developments sprung up then quickly disappeared without going anywhere. As an X men fan,it annoys me to think I could have directed it better- and I’ve never directed before.

Sir Ian, Patrick Picard, Hugh Wolverine were all excellent as expected. The young mutant boy with the ‘cure’ was great for the part too, and should have featured more. I was genuinely moved when Prof X was killed(and in a very impressive way) much like I was when Data died in the last Star Trek film. But emotional catalysts were few and far between and this is partly why it scored low with me.

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