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Release Date - July 10th, 1998
Producer - Richard Donner/Joel Silver
Director - Richard Donner
Budget - $100m
Country - USA
Film Length - 127 Minutes
Mel Gibson - Martin Riggs
Danny Glover - Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci - Leo Gettz
Chris Rock - Detective Lee Butters
Rene Russo - Lorna Cole
Jet Li - Wah Sing Ku
Many questions were asked in the lead up to the release of Lethal Weapon 4. Would the ageing duo of Danny Glover and Mel Gibson be able to re-create the charistmatic, thrilling and yet entertaining performances of 3 previous films before? Would the producer and excellent Richard Donner produce a script worthy of the Lethal Weapon brand? Would the world be interested in seeing a 4th installment to the film set? Well, we most certainly
Mel Gibson - Martin Riggs. Over the first 3 movies, Riggs has shown himself to be a full blooded, swashbuckling man and federal agent, driven on by the loss of his previous wife to prevent and punish crime using his wit, using . We've seen Riggs as the under-dog, we've seen him fight his way out of impossible situations, we've seen him pull off the hero act. There is however a different side to him. The charisma of the character allows him to not only show a humouring side, but a charming one also. During Lethal Weapon 3 we saw a relationship develop between him and internal affairs officer Lorna Cole. From the onset of this film Lorna is pregnant with Riggs's baby and the pair have found themselves a home looking over the seafront.
Danny Glover - Roger Murtaugh. 'Im too old for this shit' kind of sums Roger up. A middle aged detective looking forward to retirement, only to be repeatedly put off by the pull of cracking a few more cases with his younger partner Riggs. The more old school of the 2, Murtaugh and his family have been put through the mill in the previous films, usually saved by the same partners that get them into the mess in the first place. Glover portrays himself as a strict, but proud and loving father and is very, very protective over his younger daughters as we find out during this film. He kind of plays a backseat role to Riggs but is equally as important. You can't have one without the other is the kind fo phrase use to represent Riggs and Murtaugh and that sums up perfectly how important the role of Murtaugh is to the character of Riggs.
Joe Pesci - Leo Gettz. Perhaps one of the most famout quotes in any sequel? 'Whatever you want, Let Gettz'. Most certainly the funnyest if the most annoying character in any of the films. Leo is the typical mid 40's man, small and going bald with a horrifically loud pitched voice that could get under the skin of even the most straight-faced of people. The character Leo portrays is an annoying one, he spends most of the time getting under the feet of Riggs and Murtaugh trying to feed off any scrap of importance they send his way. Dont get me wrong, the character of the man is hilarious and he's given the perfect script by the impressive Richard Donner. After getting in the way, generally frustrating Riggs and Murtaugh and causing more trouble than he's worth during the first 3 films Leo adapts a new role in this film, a handy one too. Leo decideds he's in for a career change, a career change to a private detective. Personally he's not my favourite character, but he adds to the film las much as any other in the whole cast. Watch out for the cellphone conversation towards the end with Detective Butters (Chris Rock), its probably the best moment in the entire sequel.
Chris Rock - Detective Lee Butters. This is the first we see of Detective Butters, but although its only one film performance its certainly a memorable one. Through the early segments of this movie Butters sucks up alarmingly to Murtaugh to the extent that at one point Murtaugh asks Riggs if he thinks Butters may be homosexual. Little do we or Roger know at that stage that Butter is secretly the father of Roger's daughter Rihanne's baby and soon to be husband. For me personally its the voice of Chris Rock that makes him so, so funny. One of my comedy preferences is the exact voice he possesses, its just too funny. Watch out for some funny segments of the film between him and Leo.
Rene Russo - Lorna Cole. Lorna Cole is currently involved in a relationship and is pregnant with Martin Riggs baby. Rene joined the lethal weapon cast during film number 3. At first she comes across as a stubborn, by the book internal affairs officer, but as the film goes on we see a ever increasing softer trend from her. Throughout this film, we see the typical pregnant woman. Hormonal and hostile at some moments, yet loving and calm at others.
Jet Li - Wah Sing Ku. Calm on the surface but evil in the core. Wah is a companion and friend of local Chinese business man Benny Chan (the bad guy in the plot of the film, more on him later). At first site Wah seems like a calm, quite non english speaking man but as the film grows longer we see a violent, manipulative and un-forgiving side to him. Some of the marcial arts on display are something to truly behold, although it is Jet Li, we shouldnt expect any less.
The Plot itself.
On a fishing trip one night, Riggs, Murtaugh and Leo are interupted by the site of an unexpectedly large ship hurtling towards them with no warning and no intention of stopping. An intense gun battle insues, with Riggs hopping onto the ship to investigate further, whilst Roger swims towards shore with Leo. After killing virtually everyone on board, Riggs investigates the freight of the ship, much to his dismay he finds what can only be described as a wave of Chinese people locked in the under-belly off the ship. On shore Murtaugh discovers a large Chinese family, little do we know at this stage that Murtaugh takes the family (The Hongs is the family name) home with him.
The following days the pair investigate the matter further. They get pushed in the direction of 'Uncle Benny' the local Chinese dodgy business man who was thought at the time to be the man with the most links with importing Chinese immigrants. It is here where we meet Jet Li who is on-looking as Riggs and Murtaugh give Uncle Benny a visit at his restaurant downtown. The meeting is however futile as the pair manage to squeeze absolutely nothing out of Uncle Benny. The pair do realise however that they are onto something, as they leave the restaurant they spot the captain off the ship from the previous night, they chase him but lose him quickly only to return to the police HQ and find out that his body was later found not far from the area that he had been chased from on top off a building, having been choked to death.
Leo the usually frustrating and annoying character is hired by Riggs and Murtaugh in his newly found private investigator role to follow Uncle Benny and see if not only he can find out any useful information, but if he can link Uncle Benny to anything relating to importing Chinese illegally. As the trio turn up the heat on Benny and Sing Ku they almost pay the price for getting to close as they return to Murtaugh's family home one day to find Lorna (Riggs pregnant partner), Murtaughs wife, daughter, son and the Chinese family tied up. After a small battle in the household Riggs and Murtaugh are to tied up and the house is set alight by Ku and his men. After escaping the price they nearly paid for information pays off as Leo finds out that Uncle Benny is booked in for a dentist appointment, giving Riggs and Murtaugh the opportunity to speak to him again.
Riggs and Murtaugh take the opportunity to do so, they also take Butters. During the dentist appointment Leo provides the distraction to allow Riggs and Murtaugh into the same room as Uncle Benny. In order to exstract information they notch up Uncle Bennys Nitrus Oxide, sending him high in the process. Its here that Butter reveals that he is actually the father of Rihanne's baby, but more importantly Uncle Benny reveals cryptic information about the 'four fathers'.
From there on in, I shant explain anymore as ill wreck the film for most people and as a frequent review reader I dont like it when people reveal the endings of films.
This is my favourite installment of lethal weapon. It doesn't have the perfect plot, nor does it have the storyline of any of the previous 3. However the action and storyline are still perfectly acceptable and the excellent Richard Donner found himself exploiting different character portrayals than seen in previous films. We see a calmer more sane Riggs, a solid performance from Murtaugh, a new look on Leo and the input of humour into the films in the combination of Chris Rock and Joe Pesci. Considering this is the last of the 4 films, Donner ends it in the perfect way, maturing characters like the films themselves matured, adding more humour to the film etc. Its certainly a must buy, especially if you enjoyed the first 3.
Language - There is frequent use of bad and foul language in this film. It could be worse however and the films is only listed as a certificate 15
Sex & Nudity - Virtually null, there are some references but nothing at all offensive
Quality of Acting - Excellent as per, All 6 of the main cast play important and excellent roles in their own right.
Quality of Direction - Superb. Donner is famous for his ability to script and produce thrillers, yet again here he excells himself applying change to certain characters to not only end the lethal weapon story well, but give the all important changes to keep the crowd interested
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9/10, excellent film and certainly worth the money and time spent watching it.
Film Only Review ..Lethal weapon 4 'Surely they've done this to death I thought', but I sat down to watch it expecting the same old thing, after all the stars from the first three films had all been reunited for this, the supposed end of the saga, Is it the end though I ask myself, the way Mel Gibson's career is going lately I think he will be easily persuaded into making a fifth installment...
So The film follows on from where the third film ended, Martin Riggs played by Mel Gibson is still in a relationship with fellow cop and internal affairs investigator Lorna ( Renee Russo),He is still Partnering the ever aging Murtagh ( Danny Glover ) and in this film Leo Getts ( Joe Pesci ) has turned his hand to selling real estate, a step up the ladder from the second film where he was a money launderer for the Mafia.
New to this fourth installment we see Chris Rock he plays another cop called Butters who unknown to Murtagh is Married to his Daughter Reanne...
The storyline in this film starts right from the offset where we see Riggs and Murtagh in yet another implausible situation, each trying to save the other from Injury or death because they each hold a secret about the others life that they haven't divulged, namely that Riggs is to become a Father and Murtagh a Grandfather.Crisis averted when Murtagh is tricked into stripping down to underwear and scaring the assailant into surrendering .
This may actually happen in the states , who knows , but for me its slightly too far fetched.
On to the main part of the movie , Riggs , Murtagh and Leo are out on Murtaghs boat fishing , there is a hilarious scene when Leo lands a shark on the Deck and they all scramble to stop it from biting them, at this point they are rammed by a large container ship which is being used to smuggle illegal chinese immigrants into the country, after a firefight, (well it is lethal weapon , plenty of indiscriminate shooting) and the expected outcome of Riggs ending the fight by overcoming a ship load of people traffickers.Murtagh decides to save one family from immigration control and secretly takes them back to his home...
Mean time Riggs and Lorna are questioning where Murtaghs money is coming from , could he be on the take ? has he turned into a bad cop ? all these questions will be answered later in the film .
The Chinese Triad are not happy that their consignment of people haven't arrived and are determined to make those responsible pay, The main character (played by Jet Li )is trying to get the four heads of the Chinese Triad known as the fourfathers released from Jail in china and onto American soil, to do this he must find the Hong family Murtagh is hiding, because they are the key to getting the forged money made, the father is nephew to the artist who will make the plates for the counterfeiting scheme.
Murtaghs House is set alight by the Triads and the Hong family are abducted, caught inside the house are Murtaghs Family and Lorna...Enter Butters, Reannes Husband he teams up with Riggs and Murtagh to put an end to all of the violence, (Rocks scenes with Pesci are hilarious... They **** you with the phones )
I'm not going to ruin the rest of the film for those of you who may not have seen it yet, ( obviously you are luckier than me and have some control over what you watch, not that I mind too much as I like to see a story completed.)
The most heartwarming scene in the entire film comes almost at the end, and even though I must have seen it 500 times it never fails to make me smile, Riggs is by his wife Victoria's grave asking her for a sign that it is OK for him to carry on with his life and ask Lorna to marry him, when Leo walks up and delivers his story about 'Froggy'.The upshot of his story is that Riggs sees it as a sign, at this point his pager goes and Lorna is in Labour , he rushes to the hospital where she insists , 'The baby isn't coming out until I get married !', get married they do .
I've missed a lot out, but feel too detailed a review will either bore people or put them off watching this film, in my opinion the characters have evolved over the course of the four films and the performances in this film are distinctly better than in the first, we know the characters backgrounds and all of their idiosyncrasies.This only ends up making the film more watchable.If you enjoyed any of the other Lethal weapons I Guarantee you will be blown away by this one. Pesci delivers like never before and you get an inside glimpse into his characters psyche.
Watching this is well worth it .
I'm a massive fan of the lethal weapon series and just can't get enough of the funny one liners, action and great fun. The Lethal weapon series is one of of those rare occurrences where all the sequels are just as good as the original and may I be as bold as to say Lethal Weapon 4 is probably the best of the lot. This in my eyes is pure entertainment and I just can't get enough of it.
This 1998 film was directed by Richard Donner and is starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, Kim Chan and Jet Li. It follows on from lethal Weapon 3 and is the fourth film in the series.
Are two veteran cops Martin Riggs and Roger Mutaugh are feeling too old to be doing their job but still find the energy to take on the Chinese Triads and stop them from their illegal business. Together they must foil Jet Li's attempt to buy the freedom of the Four Fathers (Head of the Triads) from the Chinese military using counterfeit money. Chris Rock is the new detective and Roger soon discovers that they have a family connection. Riggs girlfriend is pregnant and they consider marriage and Leo Getz is now a private investigator,
A big part of me is sad that the series is finished but I'm also glad they've got out on a high note as they could have easily damaged the name by attempting to squeeze out a few more cheeky sequels. So what makes this film great? Simply loads of excellent action, chases, explosions, shoot em ups and quality fight scenes.The fight scene at the end of the movie where our boys take on Jet Li is like something out of a Martial Art movie and is gripping stuff. The main plot is exciting on it's own but your also kept amused with interesting sub plots that explore individual characters.
The quality of the gags and funny one liners make this good enough to be a comedy as well as an action movie. The cast is amazing and all the characters work well together. The real stars of this film have to be Joe Pesci and Chris Rock for their perfect comedy timing and Jet Li for his convincing performance as the deadly villain.
The fourth and seemingly final series in the lethal Weapon film sees Riggs and murtough go against some smugglers who are sing immagrants for a series of nasty crimes.
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are back and are more at ease with in the role than they ever have been.
its a welcome return to the action series that has defined the buddy cop action film for years. You would be wrong in thinking the formula is stale, with much of the original gang back, joe pesci as the irritating but lovable leo and renne russo as Riggs Girlfriend are prominatnt throughout and the closeness of all the characters and actors shines through on screen. Joe pesci is part of the Riggs/Murtugh partnership and its clear although leo irratates the main characters they think of him like a best friend.
The action is ramped up a notch and a hilarious opening scene sets the film off on a worthy farewell the the loveable characters.
Rchard Donner again directs and keeps all the elements that keep audience captivated. This time a great central villian in Jet Li who could aptly be the lethal weapon in this film. he is merbyless and a vicious bad guy and the best villain since Gary Bushy's turn. he is silent and fast and gives the two cops a series run for there money.
When you watch the last film in a series fo movies you love its hard to let go of such rich characters who grow on you every outing. the last scene is a fitting farewell as Finally makes peace with his wifes death, Murtugh finally gets to let his daughter go and leo finally gets his invitation to be part of the family.
A funny, sweet action movie that is hard to say goodbye too.
Ah the famous duo are back again for a fourth and final installment? Allegedly there were plans for a fifth but these appear to have fallen through. What on earth they would have managed to do given the age of the stars now is beyond me. Perhaps this is why the plans were dropped...
The film sees two pregnancies that of Riggs' partner Lorna (from IA) and Murtaugh's daughter Rhianne. And signifies that the series has come along way, wayward Riggs as a father, young Rhianne as a mother and Murtaugh as a grandfather. The film begins with Murtaugh pretending to be a chicken whilst wearing only his underwear (a humourous if completely unrelated scene). A nice start and sets the tone for what will become the funniest of the Lethal Weapon films, (the scene at the dentist's is particuarly humourous). The plot revolves around an immigrant smuggling ring and the men in charge including likeable villain Uncle Benny and silent but ultimately deadly Wah Sing Ku played by Jet Li.
But what really makes the film is the various subplots. Murtaugh is unaware that Rhianne's unborn child's father and her husband is Detective Butters who works at the the same precinct as Riggs and Murtaugh. Riggs uses Butter's friendliness towards Murtaugh to convince Murtaugh that Butter's is interested in Murtaugh romantically of course to humourous effect.
The character of Butters is played by Chris Rock which in itself brings humour to the film, his very emotional reaction to crime is particuarly humourous. The realtionship between Murtaugh and Riggs continues in similar fashion with plenty of laughs along the way, the continued newspaper clipping plotline stands out.
There's also a sentimental moment from Leo who tells Riggs a heartbreaking story (surprisingly about a frog) from his childhood which changes Riggs' mind about marriage to Lorna. The only thing I found unconvincing about the film was the Riggs and Lorna relationship, the scene in which they walk on the beach lacks chemistry and I find them unconvincing as soon to be parents who are allegedly very much in love.
The film also sees Riggs realisation that he's not all that young anymore and is perhaps unable to do everything as rashly as he used to without consequence.
The final fight scene may surprise and keep in mind the UK version had 93 seconds removed due to excessive violence, I have no idea what these 93 seconds contained as I haven't seen the uncut version but keep that in mind when you watch it.
All in all a pretty standard outing for the Lethal Weapon crew but one that I think improves significantly on its predecessor.
Lethal Weapon 4 is the final in the quadrilogy of films from director Richard Donner and starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as maverick cops Riggs and Murtaugh. It follows on from Lethal Weapon 3, although there is a six year gap between the films themselves. Lethal Weapon 4 introduces an oriental aspect to the film, with action star Jet Li lending his considerable martial arts talents to the franchise.
Murtaugh uncovers a Chinese smuggling ring and takes in a family of illegal immigrnats, declaring to be freeing slaves. He and Riggs enlist the help of frends and now private detective Leo Getz in tracking down the ring, and uncover the underground movements of Uncle Benny and Triad agent Wah Sing Ku. As the partners get closer to solving the case, the tension heightens and Murtaugh's family is once again placed in danger.
The Cast and Performances
Mel Gibson revamps his role as Riggs in this film. The character is much older now, and is a little reformed, but the main change is because of his relationship with Lorna Cole, played by Rene Russo. She is pregnant with their child, and his parenting instinct kicks in for parts of the film. For the action sequences, though, he is still the Riggs of the previous films. Danny Glover is the same as Roger Murtaugh, although the age is noted with him, too, particularly in the action sequences. Joe Pesci is annoyingly consistent as Leo Getz. The bumbling ex crook has now turned to the sleazy world of private investigating, and is keen to impress his friends Riggs and Murtaugh. Needless to say, the bumbler bumbles! Rene Russo does not feature as much in this film as Cole is pregnant, but she does okay. Jet Li stars as Wah Sing Ku. He lacks a bit in the acting department but shines in the martial arts and action scenes, and is a good villain. The remainder of the cast support well.
Popular demand was the reason for this film being made. With a six year gap, the physical differences in the actors was noticeable, although Glover's character Murtaugh was due to retire in the third film anyway. As such, there are references to this throughout the film. I was inmpressed with some aspects, but was disappointed with the fact that Donner did not take the plunge to try something new. The result is that Lethal Weapon is virually a replica of the previous three films and ends up being a little mundane. It was Jet Li's first American film, and opened a door for him to pursue other roles, but his performance was swallowed up by the buddy cop concept of the film.
Lethal Weapon 4 had some impressive political messages to send out, and tackled the issues of immigration and racism, but with comedy elements woven into it as with the other films, these statements seemed lost and out of place. The film relied on foreign box office sales to break even and make a profit, due to its big blockbuster budget. Director Richard Donner spoke of the idea for a fifth film but Gibson flatly refused at the time. Recently, Gibson and Glover have both been interviewed and have spoken of a fifth film in talks. Rumour is that it will be made soon. My hope is that they will take on board the relative lack of success of Lethal Weapon and look at what has made recent buddy films and action blockbusters successful and follow a similar ilk. Timing will also be of the essence. Release of such a film needs to coincide with no other blockbuster to ensure a success.
As it is, Lethal Weapon is not a failure. The film kept me entertained throughout, and as long as I didn;t try to work anything out and I just sat back and watched, it was a good film. It still doesn't rank above a 3 star rating, though. It was too repetitive and the political messages were lost and seemed pointless.
The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £5.98. My copy of the DVD has no extras.
I don't know if there's ever been any fourth installment of a movie series that's been truly worth watching (um, Batman and Robin?), and from the beginning it's obvious that Lethal Weapon 4 won't improve upon its predecessors. It's a disappointment, too, because the first three movies in the series were good, sometimes great action comedies. This one only reinforces the theory that two decent sequels is all anyone can hope for, which doesn't bode well for the Die Hard 4 that will no doubt be forced upon us in the years to come.
That's not to say Lethal Weapon 4 isn't fun at times. Watching cops Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) in action again, even if they're starting to look a little old for this kind of movie, is like hanging out with old friends after a long absence. It's good to see them again, but things aren't the way they were.
In essence, this movie is little more than a reunion of Lethal Weapon characters. There's the loudmouth accountant-turned-P.I. (Joe Pesci) and the sexy karate chick (Rene Russo, also well into her forties now), and the familiar Murtaugh family. The movie ends in a series of nostalgic photo album shots from this and earlier Lethal Weapon movies, so at least it knows the main thing going for it is the familiarity of moviegoers.
About the only thing new in Lethal Weapon 4 is Chris Rock, as Chris Rock. He plays Butters, a detective secretly married to Murtaugh's daughter. A lot of the movie's comic relief scenes revolve around Butters kissing up to his unknowing father-in-law, who thinks he's coming on to him. So there's that inevitable sitcom standby, where one person's confession is completely misinterpreted by the other person, leaving a knowing audience to chuckle. It goes back to the "I Love Lucy" days, and is about as recycled as Pesci's "they f*ck you with the cell phone" speech.
Some of it is funny, though. I forgave some of the reused elements just because I loved the characters, which I think was the filmmakers' aim. And the movie is still pretty good because the action is more or less original. The traditional Opening Scene That Has Nothing To Do With The Plot has a psycho with a flamethrower and a machine gun out on a city street, torching and shooting everything in sight. The difference with part four is that the two leads don't seem to take any of the unrealistic action seriously, which spoils any illusion of danger. The solution to the torch guy is to have Murtaugh undress and flap his arms like a chicken to distract the guy, which may actually be too silly for a Leslie Nielson movie.
The rest of the plot isn't much more serious. There's the Father of the Bride II gimmick of dual pregnancies, this time with Murtaugh's daughter ("Please let the father be black") and Russo, still shacked up with Gibson but without marriage on the mind. The morals of these action movie heroes, I tell you... The crime side of things involves some Chinese gangsters (headed by badass fighter Jet Li, whose maiden name was Ski) who are smuggling illegal aliens in at £35,000 a head and are printing up some counterfeit money to buy the criminal Four Fathers. Or something like that; forgive me for not having a press kit to explain all these convoluted plots to me.
Rest assured any pause for dialogue is just a momentary lull of action. And since Lethal Weapon 4's strong suit is its action, it's a good thing there's plenty of it. Like I said, the characters don't take it seriously, so there's no chance we will. Everyone's a lot more glib here than in the other movies in the series, and that's usually not a good thing. Think of how smug everyone was in Hudson Hawk and you can imagine how good a Lethal Weapon 5 would probably be.
Director: Richard Donner.
Producers: Richard Donner and Joel Silver
Writers: Miles Miller, Jonathan Lemkin Channing Gibson and Alfred Gough.
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Chris Rock Jet Li and Rene Russo.
We see Riggs, (played by Mel Gibson) and Murtaughs (played by Danny Glover) in hot pursuit of Chinese triads smuggling people into the USA.
With Riggs due to become a father to the internal affair officer Lorna Cole, (played by Rene Russo) this is the film where we see a much lighter side to the once psychotic suicidal cop.
The show opens up with the famous partnership coming up against a gun toting, flame throwing, bullet proof sort of guy....
The funny Leo Getz (played by Joe Pesci) is again in this movie, this time playing the private Detective instead of an estate agent.
We are introduced to a new character, Lee Butters, (played by the funny man Chris Rock), who is the young, up and coming police officer who is, unbeknown to Murtaugh, married to his daughter.
With Riggs and Murtaugh rescuing a Chinese family from the slave trade they encounter the wrath of the Triads.
It just so happens that the father of the rescued family is closely related to a master counterfeiter who is working on the master-plates for printing fake Chinese currency.
The counterfeit money is to pay a corrupt Chinese General for the release of some triad overlords called the 'four fathers' from prison.
Riggs and Murtaugh happen to bump into a young, soft looking Chinese man called Wa Sing Ku, (played by Jet Li), it just so happens that Wa Sing is far from a soft Chinese man, he is a triad martial arts expert who takes great joy in throwing people around the room and snapping necks, (he also does a great trick involving the dismantling of a fire arm).
With Leo Getz playing his usual brilliant role as the lovable side kick he continues to add much humour to the script. He is asked to follow the very funny looking Uncle Benny, (played by Kim Chan), and when Uncle Benny finds out the trouble really starts.
When Riggs and Murtaugh let slip to the Generals team that the money isn't quite what it seems the bullets fly once more.
And with Riggs about to become a father and Murtaugh to be a grandfather is this the time for the dynamic duo to slow down?
The gun fights and the martial arts exhibitions really give the film some fantastic action.
The special effects and stunts performed are brilliant and really give the movie the edge.
This is by far the funniest of the set, (even funnier than the car park bomb scenes in Lethal Weapon 3).
It is again well written and well acted by the entire cast and crew, well worth adding to your DVD collection.
I remember when this came out in the cinema and I was skeptical to see it. I'm usually of the opinion that three versions of the same film is enough. Any more than that and the plot/action/leading actors can get a little bit messed up and can taint the overall feeling of the series. As an exception, Christian Bale did sort out the lagging Batman movies so well done to him. Not only that but trilogy just sounds better. Once you start whipping out quadrilogy and other words I might need to use a dictionary for, I immediately think that the film series is on a slippery slope.
Given this, I'm happy to announce that I enjoyed Lethal Weapon 4. Whilst, as part of the series it could be viewed as possibly the worst one, it is still a good film and continues the same action and comedy that fans know and love.
After a very crazy and funny opening sequence involving an assault rifle, a flame thrower, a man dressed in metal and bird-flapping (watch it and find out!)it is clear the viewer is in Lethal Weapon territory. The main plot essentially involves Riggs and Murtaugh investigating trafficking of illegal chinese workers to be sold as slaves. As a result of this, a more intricate and detailed picture develops that deals with corruption, murder and the triads. The plot had more detail than I thought it would and doesn't take too much of a backseat to the action, as most of the occurences usually revolve around the narrative. It's just right.
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover play their characters with ease as you'd expect after three versions and their chemistry is very believable. It's the banter and jokes between them and Joe Pesci that will be the most entertaining I think as after all it's an action comedy. Pesci's character Leo walks a fairly thin line in my book. I think he's a great actor and has done some wonderful stuff in the past, but he borders psychotic, repetitive and at points very annoying. That's the idea I think, but his use is more as a character to be mocked by the main protagonists which works well.
Other characters such as Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) and Detective Lee Butters (Chris Rock) are both played to their strengths. Lorna is used mainly for emotional input whereas Butters is used to add to the already healthy comedy aspect. Chris Rock is a good addition to the cast as a comedy element and although it seems as though he is just playing himself on screen, it just shows how natural his comedic ability is. The main villain, Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li)is deliberatly understated and this builds up tension throughout the film. He is a man of few words and could be viewed as the silent one that looks dangerous and is dangerous. This was his breakthrough performance into mainstream american cinema. He showcases his skills well and the final fight is gritty and emotionally charged. One other character that deserves a mention is Benny 'Uncle Benny' Chan (Kim Chan)who is a great little character for the cops to play off and joke with.
In terms of any extra's on the DVD, sadly there aren't that many. There is a documentary, some extended scenes and some interviews. I'm not sure if there is another special edition available, but in 2008 they may bring out a 10th anniversary edition or something - Who knows. Either way, I expected more additions. A commentary would have been nice as I do love a good commentary from the actors or the director - gives the film more meaning usually.
Lethal Weapon 4 is not only a good buddy-buddy action comedy in its own rite, it is a decent finish to the series and doesn't seem too like a '4th one for the sake of it'. Lots of action, some very funny parts and...annoying Joe Pesci. 2 out 3 ain't bad I guess:) I would definitely recommend you see it as it's just a good film to relax and enjoy.
Riggs and Murtaugh are back in the most anticipated sequel in the Lethal Weapon series. Disappointingly, its also the worst. Dont let this put you off however as its still a good movie. The problem is that now Murtaugh is definitely too old and Riggs is getting there rapidly. The resulting effect of their age means that the action is slower but the script is written tightly to balance the film. This produces some brilliant 'one-liners' which made Riggs' character so famous and loveable.
God hates me, thats what it is!. Hate him back, it works for me!
They are however slid over slightly to newcomer Rock, a former stand-up comedian who plays Murtaughs secret son-in-law and Leo Getts, now a private detective. Lorna takes up considerably less screen time as a pregnant live-in girlfriend. She wants to get married but Riggs is haunted by his wife who was killed by drug dealers in 1984. Murtaughs daughter Rianne is also pregnant by her secret husband so it starts to feel more like Father of the Bride than the dark, fast paced action of Lethal Weapon 2. It is now more family orientated but is strongly recommended for fans of the series who felt that it wasnt completed. Its starting to feel like a family sitcom with instalments on average every three and a half years.
Were not too old for this
Riggs and Murtaugh chant while in the changing rooms of the local gym. The highlights of the film are the action chase sequence on the highway with Riggs being dragged from the back of a trailer while in pursuit of some Triad hit-men. New action star Jet Li takes the role of the lead hit-man in the ring of a Japanese slave trade in America. The dentist chair scene with a combination of drills and laughing gas is the funniest scene of the movie. The relationship between the two main characters is still the main thread of the movie and these have developed nicely over time. The end credits are worth staying for as we are treated to a delightful mix of photographs from the cast and crew over the last eleven years. Still a good movie though the mix of characters means that it is just not as good as the other instalments of the series but they are of a standard that is almost impossible to top.
Mel Gibson makes another explosive entrance onto the screen in Lethal Weapon 4 again as Detective Sergeant Martin Riggs. Still with his police partner Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (played by Danny Glover) the pair just seem to attract trouble wherever they go. The two have been wreaking havoc around the city and in an attempt to reduce the amount of damage (and costs) the pair are promoted to the rank of Captain hoping that this will keep them off the streets and calm down their antics. We know that Riggs and Murtaugh are not going to be happy sitting behind desks and it only a matter of hours before they are back shooting up the district. In this film they become involved with a case looking into the trafficing of illegal Chinese immigrants into America. The world of the Chinese Triads and organised crime lead the intrepid pair into a world of murder and deceit in the Chinese community. The illegal immigrants are only part of the crime that the pair have stumbled across and the whole plot deepens as the film goes on. The story involves kidnapping, murder, blackmail and counterfeit money, which the two police officers gradually unravel in order to reach the people behind the whole illegal business. The pair manage to wreak havoc and massive damage wherever they go, as they pursue the bad guys. There is a superb car chase and of course there are many gun and fistfights in which the indestructible Riggs and Murtaugh always manage to survive. Entwined with the crime fighting are some personal stories, as it seems that most of the female members of the families are having babies or getting married. As with all the Lethal weapon films there is a mixture of death and destruction and some very silly and funny scenes. I always enjoy these films and I am sure I will continue to watch them every time they are repeated. There is a special relationship between the two police officers and this is the centre of all the Lethal Weap
on films and again it is very important in this film. The acting throughout the film is excellent and there are number of spectacular stunts and special effects. In this film the story line isn’t too bad and there are also a couple of twists later in the film. If you enjoy American cop films with a touch of humour then I highly recommend you watch this film. It is action packed from start to finish and even though this is the fourth film in this series it still keeps you interested throughout the film. Mel Gibson is a real star in these films and he makes them most enjoyable to watch.
Aaaaaaaargh not another sequel. Yes, following the Hollywood trend towards cashing in on an idea, then cashing in again and again, "Lethal Weapon 4" hit the cinemas back in 1998. Completely fed up with the disappointing sequels to "Alien", "Highlander" and even the last "Lethal Weapon" sequel, number 3. I decided to give this film a miss on the big screen. It was on terrestrial television the other day and a due to a lack of alternative interesting viewing, I sat, I watched and to my surprise, actually enjoyed this film! Cast List ********* Mel Gibson – Detective Sergeant Martin Riggs Danny Glover – Detective Sergeant Roger Murtagh Joe Pesci – Leo Getz Chris Rock – Lee Butters Jet Li – Wah Sing Ku Rene Russo – Lorna Cole Kim Kahn – Uncle Benny The Story ********* Riggs, Murtagh and Leo Getz are on Murtaghs boat fishing. Sideswiped by a large freighter, as always happens with these guys, a gun battle ensues. After the battle, the hapless heroes discover that the freighter is full of illegal Chinese immigrants. Murtagh goes back to his wrecked boat to rescue a few token souvenirs. In doing so he stumbles across Mr Hong and his family hiding out. Pulling heavily on his heart strings, Murtagh strikes up a friendship with the Hong's and decides to do what he can to help them by letting them stay in his home, this proves to be a very costly mistake. Leo Getz, now a private investigator, is often away on his own crooked business and the gap is filled by Sergeant Lee Butters. Butters is particularly friendly towards Murtagh. Murtagh is confused and even concerned by this "special attention", he later finds out why! Riggs, in the mean time, has his own concerns. Heavily pregnant, his girlfriend Lorna Cole secretly wants to get married. Riggs picks up on her concerns but is un
certain of what to do about it. His first wife was murdered, could he really go through it all again? Further into the investigation, Riggs, Murtagh and Butters are led to Uncle Benny, a Chinatown crime boss. Here they also encounter Wah Sing Ku, a leader in the greatly feared Chinese triads. Ku and our hero's take an instant dislike to each other. Tempers flare and when Ku finds out that the Hong's are seeking refuge in Murtaghs home, he sets out to get them back, using excessive force to say the least. Ku has a reason for wanting the Hong's back, however, if you want to know more, you will just have to see the film! Characters and Actors ********************* Mel Gibson plays a slightly more sane and subdued Martin Riggs. Still a touch on the reckless side, Riggs has calmed down somewhat from the previous "Lethal Weapon" movies. His character has developed into a more sane person due to the influence of his girlfriend Lorna, the impending baby and the general effects of the realisation that he is not as young as he used to be. Good performance by Gibson, who has starred in all the previous "Lethal Weapon" films as well as "Conspiracy Theory", "Braveheart" and many more. Danny Glover plays Sergeant Sergeant Murtagh, devoted father and husband. He is still waiting to retire and has been ever since the first film. An interesting and very amusing sub plot involving Sergeant Butters keeps his character fresh. On screen the relationship between Murtagh and Riggs is at an all time high and this glues the whole film together. Best known for the "Lethal Weapon" his only other really noticable performance was as the "Pray" in the film "Predator 2". Joe Pesci is superb as the "cheeky little chappie crook" we all love to hate, Leo Getz. Stuttering through his lines like a true professional, Pesci'
s character has moved on from the selfish crook in the first film into a much softer character. Leo lights up the screen, is a joy to watch and will make you scream with laughter at his "inspector Clueso" bungling antics. Pesci, well he is one of those actors you would expect to get type cast because of his appearance. But he has played a wide variety of roles from gangsters to landlords. He can be seen in a variety of films, I would recommend "Goodfellas" if you want to see him at his best, although he does give mighty performances in all the "Lethal Weapon" films. Sergent Butters played by Chris Rock is a new addition to the team and a welcome one at that. Rock has been a stand up comedian and it shows. Butters relationship with Murtagh contains some of the films funniest lines and they are delivered by him in style. He has been in a lot more films than most people realise. Did you recognise him in "Dogma"? His character shared the support acting role with Leo Getz and it works very well in the film! Jet Li, a man very familiar with the martial arts fanatics, he plays Wah Sing Ku. Ku is cool, calculated and very loyal to his real family and the triads. An evil man, his role required far more martial arts skills than acting and Li is just the man for the job. Jet Li started learning Wushu (China's national sport based on various fighting styles) at the age of nine. He was a national coach for the sport before he was twenty. Arguably the biggest Asian movie star since Bruce Lee, his expertise is clear on screen and makes the fight scenes in "Lethal Weapon 4" by far the best out of all of them. He was lined up for the role of Li Mu Bia in "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon", but turned it down. The role was eventually filled by Chow Yun Fat who became instantly famous because of it. Was it a mistake by Li? possibly, but he will never be short of work! Renee Rus
so doesn't really have much to say as the understanding girlfriend to Riggs, and because of this it is hard to really say much about her performance. Definitely a low key role but performed adequately enough. Kim Kahn plays Uncle Benny. Benny by name and Benny by nature. Resembling Benny Hill rather than a tough chinese mob boss, he plays a comic character in the film. Whether this was intentional I really don't know. Anyway, he made me laugh, so he did a fine job in my book! Director/directing ****************** Known for his action and/or fantasy style films, Richard Donner has excelled himself. The film is fast and furious and runs along seamlessly. Some great action shots that are very original, including a bit of motorway table surfing! "LostBoys", "Omen", "Superman" and "Conspiracy Theory" are a few films out of many, many projects. Hardworking yet not really an exceptional director (although I expect a lot of people may disagree with this statement!). This is one of his best, great action, the timing of the humour was abosolutely fantastic. Soundtrack ********** Nothing to write home about, gives a bit of atmosphere but really nothing special Humour/Action ************* Great, that's really how I would some it up. Some really fun storylines to break up the action and suspense. Very much used to keep you on a roller coaster ride of laughter and suspense. The films appeal really comes from the combination of these two aspects and the fact that they are so well balanced and timed throughout! Overall View ************ The king of all sequels, far better than all the other "Lethal Weapon" films in it's own right. Compared to other action/comedy films of the same genre such as "Beverly Hills cop", etc it rises well above. The film is written in such a way that you could
view this without seeing the previous films and still enjoy virtually all of it (although seeing the first three will get you familiar with the characters and will add a bit to the enjoyment!) The ending is quite unusual for these type of films, it is very funny rather than dramatic, but I like it because it is original to end such a film in this way. Good acting, great script, exceptional direction, fast action, well timed humour, this film has it all. Well worth sitting through the 2 hours of screen time. One to watch or even buy. If all sequels were made to this standard, I would be a very happy bunny!
As a huge fan of the lethal weapon series, believe me when I say that this fourth offering is by far the best. The story is this. Maverick cops Mel Gibson and Danny Glover uncover a string of crimes revolving around the smuggling of immigrants, which leads them into a deadly struggle with an Asian triad gang led by the fantastic Jet Li. Add to this the fact that Gibson’s character is about to become a father and Glover’s a grandfather, and you have the recipe for success. The action sequences are brilliant, due mostly to the lightening fast Jet Li who is a joy to watch as the ruthless, apparently invincible, villian. The most enjoyable aspect of this film however, is the chemistry between the members of the cast and the comedic scenes that ensue as a result. You get the impression that, being the last film in the series, everyone involved has made this film for the fun of it, and it’s very enjoyable as a result. Starring in this edition of the series are Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Jet Li, and, the next generation of cops in the series, the fast talking Chris Rock. Some of the most entertaining moments in the film come with the interaction of Rock and the equally whiny Pesci - another fantastic duo. Overall, the most disappointing thing about this series is that it has to end.
The fourth in the franchise stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in their established roles and co-stars recurring actors Rene Russo and Joe Pesci. Along with new characters played by Chris Rock (US comedian) and Jet Li (HK Martial Arts expert) the film is directed by Richard Donner Storyline Riggs and Murtaugh after a particularly expensive incident with a man wielding a flame thrower and assault rifle are promoted to Captains (supposedly to keep them out of trouble). Both men have now got large family commitments as Riggs’ partner Cole is pregnant with their child and Murtaugh is about to become a grandfather courtesy of his daughter (and unknown to him his colleague ‘putters’ who he mistakenly believes is sucking up to him because he fancies him and not because he is secretly married to his daughter). On top of this Riggs is finally starting to feel his age and is getting ‘too old for this s**t’ (This is a nice touch, unlike many action film franchises this one is not afraid to face the fact that there stars are getting on a bit). The two of them end up getting involved with a mystery regarding a group of Chinese people that were attempted to be smuggled in by some slave traffickers. One of the group has been shot dead to make an example to the remainder of the hostages of what would have happened if they had tried to escape. This of course paves the way for the boys vs Chinese Martail arts experts, which is most enjoyable particularly when Jet Li gets the opportunity to show us his skills. Cast Gibson and Glover continue to shine in already established roles as do Russo and Pesci. They behave just as fans of this series have learnt to know they do so the continuity is good. Chris Rock is very well suited as Putters, his stand up routines have prepared him for delivering a lone, which he does with 100% enthusiasm. He had me in stitches but this is tempered by a surpri
sing tenderness to his wife at times Jet Li was well chosen, he clearly deserves his title as the new Jackie Chan. Look forward to more action from him apparently in the Matrix sequels DVD Extras Quite a few, another example of DVD media being well used. Trailers from the whole Franchise 1-4 A documentary all about the making of Lethal Weapon, called Pure Lethal. Unlike many clearly put-in-for-the-sake-of-it documentaries this one is well worth a watch. A set of 8 interviews with the key players in the film Extended scenes from the first three Lethal Weapon films, if you haven’t seen them before a chance to see what you are missing and if you have, a chance to reminisce and laugh again. Lastly B-roll footage cut from the film. A chance to see those bits the director deemed not quite right. All in all a worthy addition to the series I enjoyed the old characters and the new characters and the way they interacted as much as I have done in the past. The Extras make this a good value package. Only mild criticism is the use of a double sided DVD and the dodgy cardboard packaging but don’t let this detract from an otherwise great product.
All the Lethal Weapon films have been hugely successful and were independently great films but with the fourth addition to the series it just gets better and better. This time Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) return to tackle a series of crimes involving the illegal smuggling of immigrants. This means they go on several action packed outings and eventually this leads them to an Asian Triad gang fronted by action man Jet Li. It is a different type of plot from all the others but it really is excellent and all the cast pull together to make it the best one yet. The acting in this film is superb from all the cast. Mel Gibson is once again wonderful as the loose cannon Riggs who is now becoming more down to earth since his charcter ages. Danny Glover is superb as Murtaugh the partner to Riggs that couldn't be be more different. He has his feet firmly on the ground and is less adventurous. This provides an entertaining contrast between the two lead characters. The supporting cast are also superb. Renne Russo returns as the love interest of Riggs and once again acts very well. Joe Pesci is back and funnier than ever creating some very funny scenes. Chris Rock appears for the first time as fellow police officer and love interest of Murtaughs daughter. He too provides some hilarious scenes and when teamed up with the rest of the cast he will have you in stiches. The all star cast is topped off with the new bad guy played by Jet Li. He acts very well and provides a powerful advesary for the team and when is come to martial arts he will leave you stunned. The action too is incredible and full of stunts. The addition of martial arts creates even more entertainment. There are however the usual dose of stunning cars chases. This one being bigger and better than those in previous outings. There are massive explosions just like normal and shootouts galore so the action fan is kept entertained throughout. I don'
;t have a bad thing to say about this film because it will entertain action movie fans, comedy fans and even martial arts fans. All together it combines to be a really outstanding film. Highly reccomended. The film is presented in a superb fashion. It makes full use of what DVD has to offer. It is shown in widescreen format with a screen ratio 2.35:1. The picture quality is stunning and never once shows any sign of grain or artefacts. It is crystal clear throughout and reproduces bright vibrant colours as well as darker more atmospheric colours perfectly. The soundtrack is Dolby Digital 5.1 and is incredible. It really makes full use of the speakers and makes it feel like you are in the film. Explosions and gunfights have depth and realism creating a more pleasing cinematic experience. The extras are as follows: Production notes Trailers Pure Lethal Documentary 8 Clip Interview Gallery Lethal Weapon 1-3 Extended Scenes - 3 Clips B-Roll Footage The extras are all very interesting and revealing into the making of the movie and also gives a look at the older movies. The Pure Lethal documentary is excellent and not only looks at the older films but provides a look at the making of this movie Overall this is a must have for any DVD collection. It is an excellent film and the disc enhances it superbly. It really is outstanding in every possible way. If there had been any flaws with the film or disc I would have pointed them out but there simply aren't any. I can hghly recommend this to anyone because I'm sure they would enjoy the film and the extras are very interesting too.
In the fourth and reportedly final film of the Lethal Weapon series, director Richard Donner reunites with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, who reprise their roles as Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh for one last hurrah in a film that is decidedly better than the third and first chapters. This time the pair are pitted against Jet Li, who plays the leader of a Chinese organised crime unit. Li, a veteran of hundreds of Hong Kong action films, more than holds his own against the more established team of Gibson, Glover, Rene Russo and Joe Pesci with his subtle yet strong portrayal of the quietly irrepressible Wah Sing Ku. As always with the Lethal series, the plot is incredibly simple to follow: someone steals something, someone gets killed and Murtaugh is reluctantly thrown into the mix while Riggs dives into the case with gleeful aplomb. As with the previous movies, we watch for the sheer action and chemistry alone. The action sequences throughout the fourth instalment are exquisite, from the opening scene involving a flame-thrower, a burning building and a half-naked Murtaugh strutting like a chicken (don't ask, just watch), to the climactic showdown that pays genuine tribute to Jet Li's masterful martial art skills. As for chemistry, the bond between these characters is so strong by now that you sometimes feel like you're watching a TV series in its sixth season, such is the warm familiarity between the audience and the personalities on the screen. The humour is more fluid than ever, aided immeasurably by the casting of comedian Chris Rock, who like Li does a great job of making his presence known in some memorable verbal tirades that would bring a smile out of the Farrelly brothers. But it's the verbal and emotional jousting between Glover and Gibson that makes this fourth episode especially appealing; both are in peak form with great physical and verbal timing. One can only hope that if this is indeed the last of the Lethal films, that it won't be the last time we see Glover and Gibson together on screen. --Jeremy Storey