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Lethal Weapon 4
The faces you love. The action you expect.
In the combustible action franchise's final installment, maverick detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh square off against Asian mobster Wah Sing Ku, who's up to his neck in slave trading and counterfeit currency. With help from gumshoe Leo Getz and smart-aleck rookie cop Lee Butters, Riggs and Murtaugh aim to take down Ku and his gang.
"We're not too old for this shit!"
Alright, I would be lying if I said I didn't feel some sort of emotion at the end of Lethal Weapon 4, due to the fact that I will now have to find another movie project to work on every night, and also due to the fact that I will legitimately miss the hell out of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh.
If the Lethal Weapon series has taught me anything, it's that family and friendship are the two most important things that you can have in your life. Without either, who are you? Personally, I would feel like nothing if I had no family or friends. Both groups…
Proof if it were ever needed that this franchise was on its last legs was the introduction of Chris Rock. It had become obvious that Gibson and Glover couldn't carry the film on their own after a major role in film three for Rene Russo. She reprises her role again here alongside Pesci who really is just here to make up the numbers this time around. Jet li kicks everyone's ass here as the villain of the piece and there is definitely a more comedic tone here with Rock and his trademark shit. Centering the story around people smuggling and Chinese Triads, this just never had either the intensity or the wit and sarcasm that Gibson had delivered in spades in the first two films. Lethal Weapon was a terrific action film, and Gibson was that lethal weapon. In this everyone looked old, and the script was as flat as a pancake.
Finally after 17 years since being released I watched Lethal Weapon 4. Not sure why I never got around to it since I really liked the previous 3. A lot of the comedy this time around was really annoying and obnoxious but Jet Li was an awesome villain and the final fight scene was one of the best in the whole series. And considering how boring and generic the main bad guy was in part 3 was I'd have to say that part 4 is surprisingly not my least favorite in the series.
Riggs and Murtaugh were too old for this shit but they still have good chemistry together which keeps the film entertaining to a point. It sometimes gets a bit soapy with it's family affairs plot though and misses the wild crazy Riggs of old. Still, I have a soft spot for this film, it was one of four films (the other three weren't the previous films in the franchise) that started my dvd collection back in 1999 and thus has a place in my heart. Those four films started me on a filmic odyssey that I have been on ever since. So they can fuck you with the cell phones all they like, I'll keep coming back regardless.
I suppose that if a series is meant to decrease in quality and be somewhat wasted because the sequels keep getting more and more different from what the original film intended to be, the only guy that has the right to do so is the original director himself. So, in a way, I don't blame anybody beyond Donner because of the decline in quality and manliness.
And just like that, we see how a dangerously psychotic and crazy lonely cop with suicidal tendencies and a frustrated old family man close to retirement age that claims that he is "too old for this shit" suddenly become parodies of themselves without caring about it. We are so distant from the original characters…
Better than I thought it was going to be but nowhere close to the commerical wonders that the first couple were in the 80's.
Nice closer to the series. The chemistry is still there, and it is nice to see the actors mature and no mature at the same time. Jet Li was also very good in his first American role.
Classic. Hi Chris!
The series really should have ended with the third one, but what's more bewildering than the fact that they got this far is the direction Lethal Weapon takes at this point. It can't decide if it's an action film or a fucking sitcom, and with this territory comes about an hour's worth of pointless, random, inane, unfunny "comic relief" scenes that derail the film completely.
I mean seriously, why the fuck is Joe Pesci still in this series? He had a briefly amusing cameo in the second film, just leave it there. It baffles me to see the producers keep bringing him back as if anyone wants to see him pop up repeatedly. And Chris Rock is in this one,…
While probably the weakest, it's a fitting end of the series.
While the plot may be the weakest and most cliché of the series, the action saves the day. Thanks to the scene-stealing epicness of Jet Li, the final fight is hands down the best part of the entire saga! Both him and Chris Rock are welcome additions to the film, which cannot be said for both Russo and Pesci. My second favorite in the franchise.
"We're not too old for this shit!"
IMHO the best of the franchise, thanks for the humor and the bad villain played by Jet Li.
Oh boy, here it is. The first scene involves Murtaugh and Riggs having to deal with a fully armoured, machine gun and flamethrower-wielding guy who is trying to do as much murderous damage as he can. This is a year before Columbine. Whatever this guy's gameplan is, there's nobody around who is in any real danger of being hurt by him, but obviously he's going to be killed by the cops - and he has every intention of going out listening to Gary Cherone-era Van Halen. In your darkest hours, however low things get for you - remember this guy.
The ignominious end to the Lethal Weapon saga, six years removed from the previous movie, I don't know what it…
Hey, hey Riggs.
Jet Li + funnier jokes make Lethal Weapon 4 just a little bit better than the third installment of the series.
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