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Lethal Weapon 4 (DVD)
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Lethal Weapon 4 (DVD)
Advantages: Ends the story ....
Disadvantages: or Does 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 .
Summary: A Great film with characters we have come to know well.