Speaking of the plot, it has something to do with an assassination attempt which reunites LAPD Detective James Carter (Tucker) and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee (Chan) as partners. The crimefighting duo then head off to Paris to try and bring down the Chinese crime organization, the Triads. There are loads of gorgeous location shots and lots of stunts involving furniture before the guys wind up at the Eiffel Tower. The hows and whys of it all make no sense whatsoever. Disengage your brain and forget trying to make a coherent story out of why the guys go to Paris, who exactly they're after, and who's on their side. Expending the energy necessary to make your way through the disjointed plot ultimately isn't worth the effort.
Jackie Chan's still got it, though you can definitely see signs he's slowing down. Many of his actions scenes appear to have been accomplished at a much slower pace than previous Chan movies. Chan's 53-year-old body may not be able to make the moves look as effortless as he used to, but you've got to give him an A for effort. Plus, not many teens or young adults could keep up with Chan even at this stage of the game.
Chris Tucker was apparently handed the task of picking up some of the action slack as his character's much more involved in altercations with the bad guys than in the two previous movies. Tucker's okay as an action guy, and fortunately the script and the staging of the stunts allowed the actor to maintain his status as the film’s comic relief even while being kicked and thrown and otherwise beat up throughout the movie. Tucker’s been absent from the screen for six years – since the last Rush Hour movie – and after taking in his performance in Rush Hour 3, it would be perfectly fine if he took another six years off.
I sat through Rush Hour 2 back when it was released in 2001, but I can’t remember in detail any specific scene from that Chan/Tucker comedy. I have a feeling that in a matter of weeks I won’t be able to recall much from Rush Hour 3 either. A completely forgettable popcorn flick meant only to serve fans of the team of Chan and Tucker, Rush Hour 3 is what it is. Packed with ridiculous fight scenes, jokes about Chan’s lack of proficiency in English, a cameo by Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski (which is totally out of place but strangely seems to fit the overall goofiness of the film), and some semi-naked beautiful ladies for eye candy purposes only, Rush Hour 3 won’t go down in history as one of the best efforts of anyone involved. But as far as brainless entertainment goes, it’s not entirely bad.
Rush Hour 3 was directed by Brett Ratner and is rated PG-13 for sequences of action violence, sexual content, nudity and language.