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Rush Hour 2 (2001)

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Commentary 1: Director Brett Ratner Rating:4.1/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on December 6th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Ratner is joined by the screenwriter, Jeff Nathanson, for this average to middling track. They discuss their efforts to improve upon the first while not losing sight of what audiences appreciated in the previous film. There was an effort to give Jackie Chan more opportunities to be humorous and also to involve Chris Tucker in more physical comedy. The formula for many of the fight scenes was surrounding Chan with props he could use in the flow of the action. Ratner and Chan would visit a set or location and Chan would build the choreogrpahy. They disclose some stunts that did not go as smoothly as others, and a wobbly Chan due to seasickness medication. Ratner fulfilled his wish to make a film in Hong Kong and speaks about shooting there as well as in L.A. and Las Vegas. Ratner shares the conversations he had with actor friends like Don Cheadle and Jeremy Piven to entice them to come on board for brief appearances. Nathanson talks about injecting exposition into the film without weighing or slowing it down, which was helped along by some eye candy for one scene. They observe that certain scenes came together without the involvement of Nathanson with input from the actors and producers, and that reshoots actually helped one scene that just was not working. Nathanson cites lessons learned that it was best to simplify the catalyst to move the plot - such that it is - from one location to another. Ratner was influenced by Enter the Dragon, Year of the Dragon and less obviously, Scarface. Ratner provides solo commentary on nine minutes of deleted scenes and calls back to unsuccessful elements he mentioned in the feature commentary.