Rush Hour (1998)

Rating: ***
Release Date: 9/18/98
Director: Brett Ratner
Cast: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tzi Ma, cameos by Mars, Ken Lo, Jeff Imada, and Chris Penn

Well, it didn't suck. This is a consistently entertaining lightweight action comedy romp featuring mismatched cops Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker working together to solve a kidnapping case. Sort of a poor man's "Lethal Weapon." The cop buddy routine is stale and Chris Tucker is just a bit too loud, but they somehow manage to keep it from ruining the film. The action scenes are nicely staged and well filmed, and Jackie looks great in his third attempt to break into Hollywood. He doesn't cover any new territory, but it's nice to see him deliver a restrained performance and play a straight man to Tucker's over-the-top character.