(out of 5)
Hilarious but quite useless sequel to Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker‘s 1997 blockbuster is so unimpressive because of how similar it is to its predecessor. This time Chan and Tucker are in Hong Kong battling evildoers who have bombed the American embassy and are involved in a counterfeiting operation. Ziyi Zhang is stunning as a member of the evil gang responsible for the crimes, but her part is left to the fringes of the plot making her not all that memorable. Chan and Tucker’s jokes are all a rehash of what we’ve already heard from both of them, so if you’re in the mood for more of the same thing you’ll be quite pleased. Otherwise, just watch the slicker and funnier original.
Directed by Brett Ratner
Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Production Design by Terence Marsh
Costume Design by Rita Ryack