Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
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.
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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