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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Action,Comedy,Crime,Thriller
USA / English
"The Gang's All Here. "
With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison.
Mel Gibson Martin Riggs
Danny Glover Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci Leo Getz
Rene Russo Lorna Cole
Chris Rock Detective Lee Butters
Jet Li Wah Sing Ku
Steve Kahan Captain Ed Murphy
Kim Chan Benny 'Uncle Benny' Chan
Darlene Love Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe Rianne Murtaugh Butters
Eddy Ko Hong (Chinese refugee)
Jack Kehler State Department man
Calvin Jung Detective Ng
Damon Hines Nick Murtaugh
Ebonie Smith Carrie Murtaugh
Director: Richard Donner
Producer: Richard Donner,Joel Silver
Writer: Shane Black,Jonathan Lemkin
Easy money and success win from a daring new concept
I guess the most famous action / comedy movies are the Lethal Weapon films. There is probably no-one who can say that he or she has never heard of it before, which shows how successful these movies once were. But when has the time come to quit? After you've made already three movies that looked very similar to each other and didn't offer anything new, isn't a fourth one a bit too much then? That's the question that I was asking myself before watching "Lethal Weapon 4". And after seeing it I knew the answer, yes it is a bit too much...

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh have made a career out of stopping criminals and surviving several explosions and other attacks on their lives, but now they are feeling too old to keep doing such crazy stunts and their superiors seem to think the same way, because they get promotion so they no longer have to go on the streets, blowing up some buildings or other stuff. But of course wherever they go, the action is always near and soon they try to stop the Chinese Triads from doing their illegal business in the United States. They are confronted with Uncle Benny, Chinatown's mafia boss, who has imported Chinese slaves to pay for an artist to create counterfeit Chinese currency. This money will then be used by the the Triads to buy the Four Fathers, the heads of the Triads, back from the Chinese military...

All the movies in the series look pretty much the same. It's the same kind of story, the same jokes, the same actors ..., so you always know exactly what to expect. And in a way that is a good thing, because when it is all recognizable, once again you can be sure that it will work out fine. But in the end you get tired of it as well, because this movie doesn't give you any hope for some new and original features. The only thing that does change is the cast, when with each new movie one or two new characters are added. This time that is Chris Rock, who will be the newest detective in Riggs' and Murtaugh's team. And yes he is funny and interesting to watch in this movie, but it is never enough to save the entire film. He's never able to make you forget that he's the only new thing this movie has to offer. All the rest looks exactly the same as always and that really is a shame. I'm sure the makers must be able to come up with something better than this, but easy money and success win from a daring new concept.

All in all this isn't a bad movie. If you liked the other three in the series, you'll like this one as well. But I just hoped for something new and that I didn't get. I loved the first one, liked the second one, was a bit disappointed by the third and the fourth didn't really do any better. That's why I give it a 6/10, perhaps a 6.5/10, but certainly nothing more than that.

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Imdb rating: 6.3
Musician: Eric Clapton
Running time: 125 min / Portugal
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Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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