That was an excellent one.
Best movie of this year hands down!
The film may be flawed, but its message is not.
It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
The Grand Master
When Lethal Weapon 4 came out in 1998, I was worried that this movie would have gone stale and lost its appeal. To quote the famous line throughout the series, "I'm too old for this s****". All concerns were quickly dispelled after the first several minutes when I found myself very pleased that Mel Gibson and Danny Glover returned for one last time with the fourth and final entry into the Lethal Weapon series and ensuring, they aren't getting too old for this.Lethal Weapon 4 wastes no time kicking off the action when during a gunfight with an armoured man equipped with an automatic weapon and flamethrower terrorising downtown Los Angeles, Sergeant Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson, who returns sans mullet) find out that he is going to be a father after finding out that Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) is pregnant. Meanwhile Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) finds out that his daughter Rianne (Traci Wolfe) is pregnant and that he is going to be a grandfather. Unbeknownst to Roger Murtaugh, the father is Detective Lee Butters (Chris Rock), an intense yet idealistic LAPD officer. Roger has always stood firm that he did not want his daughter to marry a police officer. When Riggs, Murtaugh and Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) run into a vessel while on board Murtaugh's prized boat, they uncover an illegal Chinese immigrant smuggling ring run by the Chinese triads led by Chinatown crime boss "Uncle" Benny (Kim Chan) and a high-ranking Triad negotiator Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li in his Hollywood debut) who is highly proficient in martial arts and is ruthless in his dealings with others. While Riggs and Murtaugh respectively contend with becoming a father and grandfather for the first time, along with Butters they must work together to shut down the illegal operation one and for all.Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return in their old roles as Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh for one last time. Martin Riggs still bends a few rules here and there and still exhibits his crazy side, however his suicidal streak from the first Lethal Weapon is long gone. Roger Murtaugh is still the same exasperated hard nosed family man from the first three movies, but his bond with Riggs is much more stronger. Joe Pesci as Leo Getz is still annoying as usual but provides welcome comic relief. Leo Getz is now a private investigator albeit not a very good one after leaving his former jobs as an accountant and real estate agent behind. Rene Russo is always a quality actress and she does no wrong returning as Lorna Cole. Chris Rock is a welcome addition as Lee Butters, the idealistic detective new on the scene in more ways than one. Steve Kahan returns as Captain Murphy who has been a staple throughout the Lethal Weapon series. And Hong Kong martial arts megastar Jet Li receives a welcome introduction to international audiences with his role as the formidable villain Wah Sing Ku. Thankfully Richard Donner returns in the director's chair and he continues to preserve the spirit of all the previous Lethal Weapon movies and continues to carry it onto the forth movie in the series.Sure it's something that have all seen it three times before, but it's something that I still enjoy watching. Lethal Weapon 4 was a welcome addition and the fittingly ends the series neatly with a nice bow on top.To all the cast and creators of the Lethal Weapon series from 1987 to 1998, thank you for an awesome series. The Lethal Weapon legacy still proudly sits amongst my collection of movies at home.8/10.
This is my favorite of the "Lethal Weapon" series. Yes, I know it didn't do as well as the other three. But, that's fine by me. Those who haven't seen it missed out on some great stuff.First, I really liked the addition of Jet Li as the primary antagonist. He is a good actor who can play either good or bad character roles. (I like the little ponytail, too). The late Kim Chan was good and can be very entertaining and makes an antagonist almost likable. Stuntman/actor Jeff Imada (the Chinese thug with long hair that sets the house on fire) is a very multi-talented man. I would like to see him do more acting! I enjoyed the big car chase scene right after the fire. It's the most entertaining car chase scene that I have seen and I still watch it over and over. I almost wore out the VHS tape (when the movies were new to video) and now I have the DVD and blu-ray. I especially loved when Riggs (Gibson) pulls the second Chinese thug (Simon Rhee) from the driver's seat of the Mercedes. That's a great action! Only Richard Donner can give us that! Of course, bumper-cars with real cars and driving through an occupied building make for a heart-pounding chase! Joe Pesci, one hilarious man, gives us the great comic relief that we expect from him; along with the usual f-bomb thrown from his mouth almost every second. I miss watching him acting and hope he returns soon. (Come on, Joe!) Steve Kahan, like the other three LW films, is the perfect choice for the captain. He is a talented actor and it's a shame that he decided to retire. But, I wish him the best in whatever he does.Altogether, this is a very entertaining and exciting movie with excellent acting and great comedy. Today's movies just don't compare. The four original "Lethal Weapon" films are the only ones, in my book. I will never see any remakes of these. Now, go watch it.
This is the final, so far, action-packed cop sequel pairing up once again Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh on a mission to stop a Chinese crime lord and his notorious triad from slave trafficking and releasing four dangerous criminals. Gibson and Glover continued their crazy but great-teamed partnership and delivered much humor to keep the film engaging enough to go along with the mad rush of all the action scenes. From the Riggs' daredevil freeway car chase with a triad member during rush hour traffic to Murtaugh's personal dilemma with his daughter marrying a cop, the story is fast-paced from start to finish. In his first appearance in a Hollywood movie, Jet Li proves he is one formidable villain to be reckoned with, showing off his awesome martial arts moves (it's particularly fun seeing him grapple around with Gibson and Glover) and delivering his quiet and serious, but sinister self. As an action hero star, it is an interesting seeing Li take on the role of the bad guy. There is also some added drama and suspense during the scenes where Murtaugh's takes in a band of smuggled Chinese refugees who are entangled in the triad's scheme. Joe Pesci appears again as fast-talking and sometimes annoying Leo Getz, but you actually get to see a more serious side to him this time, and Chris Rock appears as motor-mouth Detective Lee Butters. The constant rambling of his loudmouth personality can be excruciatingly irritating, but it was pretty funny seeing him drive Glover crazy. And, Kim Chan plays the crime lord and leader of the triads - an actually humorous performance and not so much sinister. I loved the line where he correct Gibson in pronouncing "fried rice." Quite a few overzealous acting, but overall, it's a smashing sequel that closes out the Lethal Weapon trilogy pretty well.Grade B
I saw this movie for the first time when it was released in the theaters. For all practical purposes, this is a bad film. The best way that I can describe the overall tone is a cross between an episode of the TV show Jake and the Fat Man and one of the Police Academy movies. The acting is fairly poor. Glover plays the same type of character he played in most of his films. The plot is a simple enough story. Even today the story holds up and is suspenseful to watch. There really isn't much more to say about this movie. I will say it again: a movie's function is to entertain. And I am always entertained when watching this one.