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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…
Coming in 11 year after the first film in its series was released, Richard Donner's "Lethal Weapon 4" completes the franchise's evolution from dark-tinted, emotionally vivid action thriller to comedy-imbued buddy-cop spectacle exhibiting potent notes of weight. As entertaining as its previous chapters, Donner's film offers heat, heart, and personality; and it caps off the series with character and bursts of exhilarating cinematic electricity.
Starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as weary law enforcement officers on the trail of Chinese human traffickers, the core story works well and supplies the necessary narrative foundation for large-scale action sequences and compelling plot points. As with the earlier films, however, that core story also supports continuing character-oriented threads and robust thematic beats. The…
If you saw my review for Lethal Weapon 3, you'd know I wasn't a very big fan of it( and I'm a pretty big fan of the first two). From it's undeveloped story, to its piss poor pacing, to its awful lazy writing, to its shit villain, to goddamn Joe Pesci who annoyed the ever living f*ck out of me every time opened his mouth in 3( and I actually really liked him in 2, so that's saying something), etc. Point is, 3 was very mediocre, so I went it with low expectations for Lethal Weapon 4. And color me surprised, this was actually pretty good.
I'm not going to say it's perfect and it certainly has its issues,…
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.
Although it ends the Lethal Weapon film series on a somewhat underwhelming note, it's by no means a bad film in the slightest, still making for a passable installment thanks to its fun action sequences and Jet Li's awesome villain, although the comedy this time leaves much to be desired.
Ah, un autre film d'actualité, avec des méchants immigrants et une bonne pelletée de blagues racistes. Mais rendu à ce point dans la série, on veut juste passer un peu plus de temps avec les acteurs (plus que les personnages, qui n'ont jamais vraiment existé au-delà du premier film). Et pour ça, ça marche encore.
Aussi, avec toutes ces séquences sur l'autoroute, ces voitures qui défoncent et traversent des immeubles, et cette insistance sur la "famille" toujours un peu plus grande de film en film, c'est vraiment un prototype inabouti des derniers Fast and Furious.
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) is wat mij betreft een prima deel van de filmserie. Ik hoop eigenlijk nog wel op een groots afsluitend deel. Wie weet
I still love this film to pieces and I'm pretty sad that they never made another one. Mel and Danny just have too good of a chemistry.
+The whole movie just screams fun
+some nice set pieces (the car chase / end battle / intro
+some good humour
-Chris Rock is annoying
-the plot does not always make sense
I have seen this movie countless times now and I'm not getting tired of it.
I'm surprised that not many people like this one. Like the 3rd one, it has some lows but the humour and the set pieces are on par with the other entries and I like it.
Probably my least favourite among the 4, but I'm not gonna lie, Riggs and Murtaugh still got it. Loved the bittersweet ending-- lmao guess who got #emo
There are many single moments in this movie, such as the completely random and never explained Pierce Brosnan-era James Bond-tinted rocket man as well as Joe Pesci's frog monologue, that are better than anything in Lethal Weapon 3. However the story is a nondescript, low stakes mess only brought up when the pacing calls for a new Chinese-themed action scene while few of the character moments really feel earned.
On a completely different note, it's amusing to me that the Lethal Weapon franchize follows the exact same pattern as the Alien movies:
LETHAL WEAPON 1/ALIEN = Artistic take on a genre movie by a later highly respected talent that goes on to become a Hollywood classic.
LETHAL WEAPON 2/ALIENS =…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie is fairly racist. Riggs and Murtaugh are both extremely condescending towards Chinese people in the movie, which seemingly goes against their characters historically. Within this movie, Murtaugh has to grapple with after he shoots a friend of his son. There's no real parallel within the film to show that the triads are the same basic problem. Maybe the audience can draw this conclusion but the characters never do so what's the point? It's a shame because some of the just Riggs and Murtaugh moments in this movie are great but then it's followed with them being dickheads. What would have solved this possibly was casting a Chinese person in the role of the son in law instead of…
And here we finally arrived at the conclusion of a 12-year franchise that began as a fierce action and comedy film with a dramatic Noir aura, and years after here became an action and comedy film for the whole family. And the feeling of tired is quite noticeable in our old duo of old players who are in their already old characters, and thus a certain lack of conviction is seen coming from both, especially in this plot that manages to be even more shallow than its predecessor. But the highest charisma and unbreakable chemistry of both Glover and Gibson is still present here; the humor is still sharp and the addition of Chris Rock only emphasizes that (his interaction…
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