Bratz: The Movie

Starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker and Vinnie Jones. Directed by Brett Ratner
Running Time: 90 mins
Rated: Rated M (moderate action violence, sexual references)

No surprises for fans of the previous Rush Hour films, only satisfaction.

It doesn't really matter that Jackie Chan is 53 and not quite as agile as before - not that you would immediately notice since he has plenty of stunts. And he has a sympathetic screen personality. If only one could only say that about his partner, Chris Tucker. Tucker's screen presence and sense of humour is an acquired taste - which the present reviewer has not been able to acquire since he found Tucker so abominably off-putting in The Fifth Element in 1997. The only thing here is to put up with it and hope for the best.

The previous Rush Hour films were set in Hong Kong and in the US. This time, the action goes to France with some fine photography of the city, some very funny satiric lines about Franco-American relationships and a spectacular and lengthy climax on the Eiffel Tower which is well worth seeing. Yvan Attal is very good as the sullen Paris cab driver who is not racially prejudiced but is just anti-American. When he warms to the partners, his wife won't let him go and help them out. He regrets, quite ruefully, 'Now I will never know what it is like to be an American: to kill for no reason'.

Max Von Sydow is, as so often, benign and sinister. And, uncredited, Roman Polanski turns up as the head of the French police.

It's all formula, but that is what makes it an entertaining action thriller with laughs (except for those of Chris Tucker!).

Out 27 September Village Roadshow

Fr Peter Malone MSC directs the film desk of SIGNIS: the World Association of Catholic Communicators, and is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.

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