(out of 5)
An unmitigated mess that does very little to bring back the joy and fun of the original film from 1998. Big-mouth Chris Tucker and crazy-moves Jackie Chan are reunited once again to fight Chinese Triad gangsters, this time going from Los Angeles to Paris in their effort to uncover the identity of a mysterious leader who may or may not be a myth. Once again, the ambassador and his daughter from the original film are involved, but don’t look for any kind of recognizable plotting here: the film is just an excuse for knife fights, girl ogling and goofy, slapstick pratfalls. Unlike the previous films, this one’s humour is never particularly funny and lacks the spontaneity that the two stars used to have between them. The fact that Tucker couldn’t find anything wittier to say while hanging off the Eiffel Tower than “black men can’t fly!” is a prime example of the spark that’s missing here.
Directed by Brett Ratner
Cinematography by J. Michael Muro
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Production Design by Ed Verreaux
Costume Design by Betsy Heimann