HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Thunderclap
Zeiram
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Kimi
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Promare
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Winterhawk
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
B.N.A.
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Snatchers
Imperial Swordsman
Foxtrap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Lethal Weapon 4 The Mirth Of Fourth
Year: 1998
Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, Jet Li, Steve Kahan, Kim Chan, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe, Eddy Ko, Jack Kehler, Calvin Jung, Damon Hines, Ebonie Smith, Mary Ellen Trainor, Steven Lam, Michael Chow, Tony Keyes, Richard Riehle
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Cop partners Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) have been called out to combat a maniac dressed in bulletproof and fireproof clothes who is alternately firing off a machine gun and using a powerful flamethrower in downtown Los Angeles. Riggs is convinced that if they creep up on this criminal - in their patrol car - they will be able to run him over, but it does not work out that way as he does indeed notice them and starts targeting their vehicle. As the two cops cower behind their bullet-ridden and singed vehicle, they have news for one another: Lorna (Rene Russo), Riggs' girlfriend, is pregnant, and Murtaugh's eldest daughter is pregnant too…

And that's not even what this third Lethal Weapon sequel was about, it was a mere subplot to warm the cockles of the audience's heart, with flamethrower guy forgotten within nanoseconds of his arrest. The reason the whole affair seemed so patchwork in construction was because it was rushed into release for a big Warners' blockbuster in the lucrative summer period, and that they were writing the script as they went along: seriously, they might as well have been improvising scenes for all the consistency it held. Nevertheless, thanks to the franchise being popular it was a hit, if not quite as big a hit as the other entries, which may be why the next decade held no Lethal Weapon 5.

Well, that and other reasons, like Gibson wanting to spread his wings as director, then getting into a scandal or two which suggested he had better lay off the sauce if he wanted to retain his position as a box office star. Glover, meanwhile, rose above all that with an increasing selection of character roles which lent his gravitas and nose for a good gag to a number of properties large and small. It was remarkable that this franchise lasted four instalments with a solid personnel line-up and very little variation, so much so that it was maybe not a huge surprise that it was turned into a television series a couple of decades later, as the violence and swearing aside, it was like a running TV show.

Complete with running jokes, sitcom-like variations between elaborate set-ups and gloopy sentimentality, and characters who became like part of the family to regular viewers (these got a lot of repeat viewings on home video, and still do). It did end differently from how it began, less gritty, less brutal, more emphasis on humour, and you can understand why some fans preferred the original, but it had been the defining buddy movie series of the late eighties-nineties, and thanks to regularly appearing on television where they are an easy watch, it is still very popular. But no thanks to part 4, which may have seen director Richard Donner holding it together, yet its abundant humorous sequences came across as hacky shtick rather than ribtickling examples of coruscating wit and repartee.

There was also a strange conflict, where Donner smuggled in his right-on messages as was his wont, but the way the story, such as it was, played out was against all that. The plot had Chinese Triads people trafficking and counterfeiting, which made this look like an early instance of Hollywood pandering to the Asian market where there were massive profits to be made should you hit big; though they had recruited a Hong Kong megastar with Jet Li for their villain, he was a mere gimmick present to drum up interest for his much-desired Western career, something that didn't last too long and never quite took. This was not an anti-immigrant tale, however, as Murtaugh takes pity on a refugee family and conceals them in his house (!), despite Gibson's loosely anti-Chinese quips throughout. Chris Rock was also here as a younger detective Murtaugh thinks is in love with him for no other reason than it was residue from an unused subplot, though Rock is actually playing his secret son-in-law. See how messily contrived this was? The action remained of a high standard, but the rest was all over the place. Music by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2134 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: