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Lethal Weapon 4 (DVD)
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Lethal Weapon 4 (DVD)
Advantages: Brillant acting and a good balance between humour and entertainment
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.
Summary: Good end to the sequel, must buy.