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LETHAL WEAPON 4

Back again, Riggs and Murtaugh return from near death to strap on their action boots in pursuit of, Uncle Benny, a mob boss in Chinatown who is running a counterfeit Chinese currency scam that includes illegally imported Chinese slaves.  Once again the duo team up with Leo Getz and Lorna Cole, and newcomer Chris Rock joins the quartet as Riggs NYPD son-in-law for some lethal action.  

The cast includes: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, and Jet Li.

Directed by Richard Donner.

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Lethal Weapon 4, is an action-packed, humorous, endearing and violent sequel, that continues the story where Lethal Weapon 3 left off. Riggs & Murtaugh do battle with the Chinese underworld, and their dastardly plan, as well as dealing with their own family problems & dilemmas. It is a well-woven mix of the main characters' personal and professional lives. While the dialog is witty, and pretty funny & clever, making the family scenes, the work scenes, and the banter between the characters chortling entertainment, the chase scenes are fast-paced, the martial arts / gun battles are very well planned out, intense, realistic, violent, and sometimes graphic (Rated R), which makes the film a great genre for both; viewers who like high - intensity action flicks and viewers who like enduring stories, with a witty comedic flavor.

In their professional world of Law enforcement, Riggs, Murtaugh, and new man, Butter (Rock), find themselves on the trail of the criminal element behind the illegal smuggling of Chinese people, found on an old, Chinese freighter. This trail, of course leads to the discovery of who was behind it, why it was done, and the grander purpose of the bad guys, which of course, is illegal and villainous. Encounters with the bad guys are action-packed, intense, sometimes violent but always entertaining in the proud tradition of an action picture genre.

In their personal lives, Riggs (Gibson), is living, and very much in love with a very pregnant Sgt. Cole (Russo), and is struggling with the marriage question; He wants to, but feels conflicted, because of the love he still has for his long-dead, first wife. He is also starting to feel his age, in his line of work. Murtaugh (Glover), is still the family man, finding it expensive having two kids in college, besides being a little upset because his eldest, unmarried daughter, Reanne, is pregnant. He doesn't know the truth; She is scared to tell him that she is married, because of whom she married.

As it often does, their police case intermingles with their personal life, resulting in some startling, action-packed consequences, that change some of the attitudes of the characters involved, all for the better.

Parents must take the R rating seriously. The potty words, & the four-letter variety used by certain characters, (mainly Butter & Leo Getz), while defining the characters' personality & feelings, would probably not be the best example for one's offspring. More importantly, many parts of the action phases would upset children, if not give them nightmares, not to mention the intense moments in the script. The bad guys do ugly things that are evil and scary.

Speaking of evil and scary, the well-known martial artist, (now turned actor), Jet Li, does a fabulous job, verbally and physically as the psychopathic, merciless, cruel, obsessed Chinese underworld mastermind, whose character shows off his martial arts abilities in exact precision, killing people who cross him, displease him, or get in his way. A key phrase of this menacing character, accompanied with a cold, bone-chilling stare, was "If this was Hong Kong, you would be dead!" This total package of evil, displayed by Li, makes him the nightmare king! Just him alone would cause children to look under the bed or in the closet for weeks, not to mention his thug companions, who carry out some of his dirty work, without question.

The chemistry between Glover, Gibson, Russo, Pesci, Rock, and the other familiar characters from the other Lethal Weapon films, sparkles with comedy, and enduring moments, and creates enjoyable ensemble work among this talented cast, under an experienced, gifted, action film director, Richard Donner, who also directed the other Lethal Weapon films. The film has the underlying theme that (related and unrelated) family bonds and love can be what binds us, upholds us, and strengthens us, becoming a source of support that can get us through anything. As they all help each other along during this film, the message is clear by the end of the movie.

Favorite action scenes: The opening fire maniac scene, Chinese freighter fight scenes, the sinking of Rodger's prized boat, Chinatown chase, the fight, and ensuing mayhem inside Murtaugh's home, the great freeway chase, and the intense, memorable last fight scene, not only between the good guys and the bad guys, but also the Riggs and Murtaugh verses Jet Li intense ending battle.

Lethal Weapon 4 is a great mixture of intense action, comedy, drama, and character development and growth, all intermingled together in a well-paced, well-written script, that many find exciting, entertaining, and uplifting.

Screenplay by: Channing Gibson. Story by: Jonathan Lemkin and Alfred Gough & Miles Milar. Produced by: Richard Donner & Joel Silver. Edited by: Frank J. Urioste.

If you enjoyed LEATHAL WEAPON 4, you may like LETHAL WEAPON 2, BEVERLY HILLS COP, RUSH HOUR, 48HOURS, STAKEOUT, ANOTHER STAKEOUT, and TANGO AND HUTCH.