Lethal Weapon 4

on July 10, 1998 by Lisa Osborne
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Fans of detectives Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) won't be disappointed by "Lethal Weapon 4"; audiences will laugh and cry and even chew on their fingers during the action sequences. In this installment, Joe Pesci returns as the lovable, fast-talking conman-turned-private investigator Leo Getz, and Rene Russo expands her role as Riggs' live-in girlfriend Lorna Cole. Joining the familiar faces is actor/comedian Chris Rock, who plays junior detective Lee Butters, adding his own brand of humor and cocky adlibbing to the mix.
   Best friends both on and off duty, Riggs' and Murtaugh's lives follow parallel courses; in "Lethal Weapon 4," Riggs becomes a father, while Murtaugh becomes a grandfather. Both partners grapple with personal issues--Riggs tries to finally come to terms with the death of his wife so that he can marry Lorna, while Murtaugh endeavors to discover the identity of his daughter Rianne's boyfriend--before the babies are born. Meanwhile, they manage to crack an immigrant smuggling ring, uncover a plot to counterfeit Chinese currency and curtail Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li), a vicious prince of the Asian Triad. Although this is Chinese action hero Jet Li's first American movie and the first time that he's played a bad guy, he is suitably menacing and his martial-arts abilities are stunning. Li's character, Wah Sing Ku, doesn't seem as evil as the duo's archenemy Arjen Rudd (Joss Ackland) in "Lethal Weapon 2" but he still comes across as a deadly adversary with an almost immortal quality.
   The stunts in this movie are incredible; in one scene, the daring detectives drive through the window of an upper story office and across the carpeted floor, scattering drafting tables and people as they go, only to drive out the opposite window still on the tail of their assailants. And for the record, it really is Mel being dragged along Highway 215 on top of the coffee table. Starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. Directed by Richard Donner. Written by Channing Gibson. Produced by Joel Silver and Donner. A Warner release. Action/adventure. Rated R for violence and language. Running time: 120 min
Tags: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, Jet Li, Directed by Richard Donner, Written by Channing Gibson, Produced by Joel Silver, Donner, A Warner release, Action/adventure, grandfather, babies, menacing, Chinese, martial-arts
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