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Lethal Weapon 4
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2001
I couldn't imagine a better way to end the series than with Lethal Weapon 4. It's a very good movie, with a great plot and great actors. I love how every character in these movies has been played by the same people. The chemistry, not only between Gibson and Glover, but the whole cast is very evident in this movie. It's a little more light-hearted than it's sleazy predecessors, but it is still true to it's form and very entertaining. Jet Li is probably the best enemy yet. They put up quite a fight just to bring him down. Joe Pesci is at his best in this movie, and even softens up a bit (note the Froggy story). Chris Rock was a GREAT addition to the movie as well. He is nothing short of hilarious. His monologue in the car about his childhood was so funny, I don't know how the actors kept a straight face. The ending pretty much sums up the whole series and pretty much confirms that this is the last movie. If you have watched the other Lethal Weapon movies dozens of times like I have, you will love this one just as much.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2000
An explosive beginning once again kicks off the action for our favorite team of Los Angeles Detectives, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, in Richard Donner's "Lethal Weapon 4," starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. In this fourth installment of the popular action/drama series, the pair are confronted with a murderous Chinese Triad with links to Hong Kong, that deals in counterfeiting and the smuggling of illegals into the country, where their new lives become nothing more than virtual slavery. It's a subject that touches a nerve with Murtaugh (Glover), which brings about an irrational decision when he thinks he can help. But not to worry; Riggs (Gibson) is there to back him up, and together they take on one of their most formidable opponents yet, Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li), head of the Triad, who happens to be in the process of discharging a personal agenda from which he will not be deterred. And making matters all the more complicated, Riggs and Murtaugh each have personal issues of their own to deal with: Murtaugh with his daughter, Rianne (Traci Wolfe), and Riggs with Lorna Cole (Rene Russo), the first woman with whom he's had a long standing relationship since the death of his wife. With three highly successful "Lethal" outings under their belts, it would have been easy for director Donner and his stars to phone this one in, make a few bucks and move on. But not these guys; Refusing to rest on their laurels, they deliver yet another exceptional, action-packed movie that maintains the quality and consistency of the first three. Gibson and Glover manage to take their characters to yet another level, keeping it all fresh and refusing to cruise through the comfort zone on auto pilot. Russo, as well, turns in another winning performance; she and Gibson really click together, rivaling the kind of chemistry Bogie and Bacall brought to the screen. Their relationship is extremely well developed and handled with skill by Donner, as is the entire story; it all moves ahead quickly and is never allowed to slow down or meander, which keeps the emotional level and tension high throughout the film. The action is possibly the best of any of the series, with some sequences so good they deserve comparison to John Woo's best. Jet Li is absolutely dynamic, and brings a real sense of menace to his character of Ku. For the first time, you get the feeling that Riggs and Murtaugh may be up against more than they can handle by themselves. And even with all this series has going for it already, in this one they manage to introduce yet another character that adds even more to their formula for success: Chris Rock joins the team as Lee Butters, the next generation of law enforcement, an officer with a degree in psychology. He adds some humor to the proceedings, but more than that, he makes Butters likable and seems to have an immediate grasp of who he is and where he fits in. And fit in well he does, essentially becoming the third member of the team. Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) is back as well, this time as a private investigator still trying his best to ingratiate himself with his friends, Riggs and Murtaugh. Interestingly enough, one of the more touching scenes in the film (near the end) develops during a conversation between Getz and Riggs, one that offers the audience (as well as Riggs) some insight into what makes Getz tick. The supporting cast includes Steve Kahan (Capt. Murphy), Darlene Love (Trish), Eddy Ko (Hong) and Mary Ellen Trainor, reprising her role of Police Psychiatrist Dr. Stephanie Woods for the fourth time. Working from another exceptionally well written script (this time by Channing Gibson), Donner and Company have scored yet another triumph with "Lethal Weapon 4," which can stand on it's own, or as a part of one of the best action/drama series ever made. Which one of the four is the best? Toss a coin; these are movies the way they ought to be made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2007
I'll be honest that it was Jet Li that made me want to see this movie, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. While I have not seen the first 3 Lethal Weapons (yet) I had no problem understanding this 4th (and hopefully not last) film. It's obvious there is a serious connection between the Riggs and Murtaugh charcaters, and both Mel Gibson and Danny Glover have fluid chemistry together with these roles. Joe Pesci adds his usual humor, and Chris Rock was a nice addition with the humor in this film as well. But it was Jet Li that stood out the most for me - not bad for a villain who barely stands 5'5" or so.

Letahl Weapon 4 begins loud and stays in high gear till the end. Whether it is the constant humor, fun character relations, or surprsingly entertaining martial arts action, I just never got bored. Its not the funniest movie I have ever seen and it doesn't have the best action, but its one of the better films I have seen with a great mix of everything.

As mentioned, this is Jet Li's first American film and it's no wonder he has become a success since. Its funny to see how the camera is used in such angles at times to make Li appear a little taller, but a few times you can see just how short he is compared to everyone else. Not that it really matters, just one look into his eyes and you can see the villain shine. He adds great martial arts action to the film, but I liked how the fights stayed real for the most part. There are no long fight scenes, but even Li gets beat up a little by Riggs and Murtaugh (though he fought both of them at once).

Even if you have not seen the other Lethal Weapon movies like myself, I think you will enjoy this just fine. This is a great buddy film, but probably just about anyone will enjoy it with a little mix of everything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mel Gibson & Danny Glover give another Outstanding performance in acting, and they make the Perfect team. I've watched all 4 Lethal Weapons, and this one is my favorite, because it has everything. It contains explosive action, humor, danger, and much more. Even if you didn't see the first 3 Lethal Weapons, this one can be a fantastic stand-alone that entertains throughout.

Joe Pesci and Chris Rock are hilarious, and Rene Russo was Superb in acting as well. The entire cast did a good job, and in certain scenes, you find yourself at the edge of your seat.

Thrilling, intriguing, suspenseful, and entertaining. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 1999
How could anyone possibly claim that this fourth "Lethal Weapon" is "decidedly better than the first and third chapters"? The first "Lethal Weapon" was regarded as the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" of action movies! "Lethal Weapon 4" is repeditive, macho action rubbish! The plot is the most idiotic thing I've ever seen. The whole premisis is just reason for explosions, martial arts, and gunfights. If you want an intelligent action film, get the original "Lethal Weapon." If you want marred crap get this unoriginal wannabe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Having worked and lived in five countries and seen about 4000 movies (at least) in three languages, I can confirm that this shows what America is still made of when you want to see amazing action, point.
Not many countries makes that kind of adrenaline positive rush action movies...Lethal weapons movies are A for ace!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2002
Ok, so seeing that I am gonna be in the eighth grade you may not wanna listen to what i think of this movie, but you should because it's awesome! This was the first Lethal Weapon movie I saw, and I believe the best one. I thought it would be a stupid action flick--martial arts, chase scenes, cursing, etc (it has all of it but tons of comedy!). This movie is HILARIOUS! Joe Pecsi and Chris Rock's conversation about cell phones provides for the best part of the whole movie, though there are other really funny parts (mostly of Joe's character "Leo"). There is pretty heavy swearing, but it's in the comedy form.
If you dont know the plot, it is about two LAPD cops (Mel Gibson and Danny Glover). They cause heavy damage, and are promoted to Captain for insurance purposes. One night, they are on Murtaugh's (Glover) boat and are sunk by a boat carrying illegal Chinese immigrants. But when he brings a family home with him, it wreaks havoc. The men smuggling the people in are counterfeiting money, to get some of their people out of a jail. In order to get the plates of the money, they must bring this family to the U.S. to a man working for them. This, of course, is the family Murtaugh has. They burn his house, try to kill he, his family, Riggs (Gibson), & Rigg's pregnant girlfriend (Rene Russo). Of course they don't succeed and a chase goes into effect,leading to, well, you should know by now.
But along the way from the opening scene when Rigg's makes a comment about a guy being "a spokesman for the NRA?" there are GREAT lines and FUNNY scenes.
If you like laughing, you'll love it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 1999
This film just doesn't cut it when compared to the 1st 3. Gibson's one liners aren't even as funny anymore. I did laugh at times (such as the scene in the dentist's office) but the series is just tired, and I hope that this is the final "LW" film. The tone of the final scene kind of implied that fact, as did the final credits.
The film would have been better if the producers had hired one of the writers from the 1st 3 films (such as Jeffrey Boam and Shane Black), but they instead chose to hire someone named Channing Gibson who, as far as I can tell, had nothing to do with the 1st 3 films, and he fails to capture the essence of what made the characters so appealing in the other films.
I do have some positive things to say about the film: the final fight sequence between Gibson, Glover, and Jet Li was very well done (albeit gruesome) and Chris Rock was funny.
Certain aspects of this film simply weren't believable. At the top of the list is when the car jumped off of the interstate, drove through a high-story office building nearby, and jumped right back onto the interstate. That may work in a James Bond film or Dukes of Hazzard episode,but not here. I also had a hard-time believing that Glover would take in several Chinese aliens without expecting big-time trouble, which is what he ultimately got.
The DVD is of good quality though. It contains lost footage from the other 3 films as well as 2 documentaries. If it weren't for that, the film would get 2 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 1999
There is no way that Richard Donner and his cast of "Lethal Weapon" can possibly equal that magical first film--the best action film of the 80's. But I found this one to have a better villain than that corrupt cop in the third film. Hong Kong action star Jet Li is one incredible martial artist. I've never seen this kind of ability in an action star. Not even from Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan argues in his biography that a trained Hong Kong martial artist can make an American action star look bad. Jet Li demonstrates that with a vengeance; he is way FASTER and ACROBATIC. (If he were to fight Gibson for real, he would kill him.) And in one scene, he rips the slide right off Gibson's 9 mm Beretta sidearm. If that was a real Beretta, Li is INCREDIBLY STRONG. But that isn't enough to give this Lethal Weapon film the highest review. Joe Pesci's Leo Goetz has degenerated from a lovable rascal (in the second film) to an annoying jerk in this one. And why doesn't Renee Russo's Lorna Cole join Riggs and Murtaugh in the final confrontation? She has less to do than in Lethal Weapon 3.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 1999
I wasn't expecting much before watching this and after finally seeing it, I understand why. This movie is quite terrible. Even before the first hour had transpired, I had given up on it. Sitting through this movie was a very large chore. You could tell that Lethal Weapon 4 sported a substantial budget, but that wasn't enough to save this film. Sequels are usually a bad idea most of the time and this movie is proof of that. The acting was quite silly also. The whole scene at the dentist's office should have been deleted. Most of what was supposed to be funny just wasn't. There were a few funny moments though, but on the majority not much was. This film's main problem was the fact that it stalled more than once. Also the characters played by Joe Pesci and Chris Rock were very annoying and abrasive. Another bad thing was the fact that the plot wasn't interesting. No doubt the action scenes were quite impressive, but they also couldn't salvage this movie. Mel Gibson should not have had anything to do with this sequel. Everyone was just going through the motions. This movie was flat from the beginning and never gained momentum. Lethal Weapon 4 is as bad as Scream 2 and Hudson Hawk. Not recommmended.
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