Since making his directorial debut with Money Talks in 1997, Brett Ratner has carved himself a comfortable niche in Hollywood as a reliable purveyor of mainstream entertainment. Although he's taken the helm of several series already in full swing, including the Hannibal Lecter and X-Men franchises, he's authored his own successful trilogy with the Rush Hour films, and tackled a variety of different projects in between. But despite his consistency and his commercial success, Ratner remains a polarizing figure who joins the ranks of folks like Michael Bay and Paul W.S. Anderson who ostensibly deliver what audiences want but seem to catch flack for doing so.
Most recently, Ratner helped shepherd a Bollywood film to screens in the United States. Titled Kites: The Remix, the re-edited film excises iconic Bollywood tropes like musical numbers in favor of a streamlined, romantic adventure that features two comely leads who regularly find themselves in spectacular action set pieces. Cinematical sat down with Ratner at the film's recent Los Angeles press day, where in addition to talking about his involvement in Kites, he offered some insights about his own work, and revealed some of his own motivations and inspirations.