The bickering L.A.P.D. detective Carter and Hong Kong inspector Lee are brought back together on screen after a six-year hiatus.
The "Rush" seems missing in the action/comedy Rush Hour 3 as the extended absence doesn't help the garrulous Chris Tucker and the still-acrobatic Jackie Chan.
It seemed that after Rush Hour 2 director Brett Ratner looked to broaden his cinematic horizons, having worked with the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Pierce Brosnan.
Yet, this globe-trotting buddy picture which starts in LA, before moving to France just doesn't humorously gel as before. Maybe the mismatched cultures and personalities hardly light up as it stalls more than hilariously flows from scene to scene. Which may be the result of ineffective editing.
The script by the returning Jeff Nathanson has Carter and Lee heading to stop the nefarious international Triads. The elusive Shy Shen is what takes them from worst to best in the City of Light, as the production has more of luster than the story or characters.
Tucker, remembered for his highly flamboyant turn in The Fifth Element opposite Bruce Willis, appears to have fun as effete designer in one scene. But, even this joke in the Folies-Bergeres theater, actually filmed in California, never really hits the mark.
A climactic vertigo has some thrills to thanks to crisp lensing and a decent score by Lalo Schifrin, yet there seems to be little urgency that will lift this entry to the box-office heights of its predecessor.
Less energetic and engaging, Tucker and Chan still project an enthusiasm for the proposition of trying to keep the franchise vital. And, playing opposite the likes of Max von Sydow and notorious acclaimed director Roman Polanski. Even, the comely femme fatale Genevieve, played by Noemie Lenoir. Unfortunately, it just makes one wait for what may happen during the end credits.