Nope, I'm not talking about the Sunday night ABC Drama series...
I am, however, talking about the new movie Rush Hour 3!
"Rush Hour 3???"
Yes, that's right...
"What on earth does that have to do with brothers and sisters???"
I'm glad you asked!
You see, Sunday night, this guy Ryan from my singles group at my church...a brother, if you will...was able to get me and 20 of our closest friends into the Riverdale 10 theater here in Little Rock to see a movie of our choosing...for free!
"How did he manage that?!?!"
Well, I could tell you...but then I'd have to kill you. No, really, I'm not sure. I guess he knows people. Anyway, on our nifty new myspace-ish/facebook-ish singles website, we all cast our votes for a movie to see, and the winner was Rush Hour! Although I'd already seen it, I decided to go again, just for the fun of it! And hey, it was free, right! So Sunday evening after worship and our almost-weekly trek over to the Firehouse Subs for a quick dinner, we headed downtown to the theater, and took in the show. A good time was had by all. And I've been thinking about brothers and sisters ever since...
Well...actually...more so about brothers. Although there is an incredibly hilarious scene in the movie involving a nun...you know, a sister! So there, it fits!
Seriously, though...on second viewing of this movie, I realized how heavily this motif of brothers and brotherhood was stressed throughout the entire show. It intrigued me, perhaps because I have little expertise in this area...considering that the Lord did not bless me with biological brothers. Indeed, I have two sisters, one older, and the other younger. Nevertheless, out of my limited knowledge and even lesser wisdom, I will attempt to tell you a little bit about this theme, of course, without ruining the movie for you!
The first, and most obvious, application is the relationship between Jackie Chan's character, Inspector Lee, and Chris Tucker's Det. James Carter. On the outside, the two are, seemingly, nothing alike. However, they are united for a common purpose, working together to achieve a common goal. They are both trying to do what's right, they just have incredibly different ways of going about it. Despite that, they are able to work together as an amazing team!
Sure, they're not perfect, but what brothers are??? Despite their differences, it becomes apparent that through the years of working together, each one has rubbed off on the other, at least a little. Indeed, in the midst of their disagreement, Carter storms out, and Lee stays in the hotel. However, Lee, flipping through the TV channels, stops on some African Americans, while on the phone, ordering fried chicken for dinner! Carter, on the other hand, goes out on the town, and stops to pick up...you guessed it... Chinese food for dinner! While waiting for his food, I believe he also catches a glance of a little Chinese boy on a TV screen!
Here's what all this boils down to...when Lee and Carter are able to swallow their pride, accept each other as brothers, and work together...that's when they are successful!
Oh, but the metaphors don't end there!
The antagonist in this movie is the character Kenji, a member of a criminal organization that Lee and Carter are trying to bring down. Kenji, a Japanese man, was born in Tokyo, but when he lost his parents, he was sent to live in an orphange in China...the same one that Lee was in. These two guys grew up always looking out for each other, always protecting each other. Indeed, they were brothers in the way that mattered most. However, Lee was adopted into a family, while Kenji ended up on the streets. The two lost contact with each other, and when they met back up, at the beginning of this movie, it was with guns drawn.
They are the perfect example of what can happen to a relationship when one brother is filled with hate. One of the scenes that was most striking to me was towards the end, when the two are fighting, and both end up falling from a tremendous height! Fortunately, there is some type of netting to catch them, and they bounce back up...
But as they are falling again, Kenji, armed with a sword, can be seen even still trying to land with his sword through Lee, still trying to kill his brother. He misses, and his sword ends up slicing the netting...leaving them both hanging by a few mere threads, that are becoming fewer by the second...
What happens??? Don't worry...like I said, I won't spoil the movie for you.
You should go see it. I will warn that it is rated PG-13 "for sequences of action violence, some sexual material, and language." But I doubt that any of my readers are under 13!
So I really do suggest you see it!
Perhaps you'll notice that "two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!"
Or perhaps you'll be able to pick up on some metaphor to help in the way that you deal with your brothers and sisters.
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves...Live in harmony with one another...If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone...Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another...Accept him whose faith is weak...Why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother?...Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way...If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love...Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification."--selected passages from Romans 12-14.