Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou
Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA/Germany, 2007. New Line Cinema, Roger Birnbaum Productions, Arthur Sarkissian Productions, Unlike Film Productions. Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on characters created by Ross LaManna. Cinematography by J. Michael Muro. Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Andrew Z. Davis, Jonathan Glickman, Arthur M. Sarkissian, Jay Stern. Music by Lalo Schifrin. Production Design by Ed Verreaux. Costume Design by Betsy Heimann. Film Editing by Mark Helfrich, Dean Zimmerman, Don Zimmerman.
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.