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Lethal Weapon 4

Mel Gibson returns as Detective Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as his partner Roger Murtaugh in this sequel to the popular series.

Together they crack jokes and tease one another while fighting the bad guys, headed by high kicking, karate chopping Jet Li.

After an opening sequence involving a human torch that has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the story, the two literally bump into Asian gangsters transporting a shipload of illegal Chinese laborers.

Chris Rock is a new addition as an eager-to-please cop.  Returning are Rene Russo as Riggs' girl friend and Joe Pesci as fast-talking accountant-tumed-P.I., Leo Getz.

Explosions seem to follow these guys wherever they go, and the car chases and stunts are fast and furious.  Especially good is one that has Riggs dragged behind a trailer on a sheet of plastic while a gang member tries to run him over.

Riggs and Murtaugh have an easy close relationship, however a lot of their banter gets lost in the noise of gunfire and fighting.

Richard Donner, who has directed all of the Lethal Weapon movies, has a weak story line to work with here, but, the super action and laughs keep the fans coming back for more.

It is rated R for graphic violence and obscenities.

Lethal Weapon 4


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