With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.
When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.
Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, after escaping death from the previous movies are put on a hit list by The Triads. When blood thirsty mercenaries are on their tail they team up again with Leo Getz and Lorna Cole, a newcomer (Chris Rock) to finally put an end to the Triads for good.Written by
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Jeffrey Boam, who worked on uncredited re-writes for Lethal Weapon (1987) where he added some more humor into the script, after Richard Donner thought the original script was too dark, did a complete re-write of the script for Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), after the original draft by Shane Black and Warren Murphy was rejected for being too dark and bloody, and because Riggs died at the end, and wrote the script for Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), wrote a completely original script for a fourth Lethal Weapon movie, which everyone at Warner Brothers had liked, but was not used.
Boam's unused script was built around Riggs and Murtaugh dealing with neo-Nazi survivalists, who were launching a terrorist attack in Los Angeles. This script was written sometime in January of 1995, and according to Boam, it dealt with real-life neo-Nazi activity in the U.S., that was only superficially dealt with in only one movie before, Dead Bang (1989). It was also going to be more serious sequel, much like the first film, and was going to be darker and edgier.
Interviewed after the release of this movie, he remarked that he thought the counterfeiting of Chinese money was hardly a matter to create the suspense appropriate to a Lethal Weapon film, and also said how his script was much better from the final movie, which suffered some problems with constant re-writes, and actually didn't have a completed script during filming. See more »
In the highway chase scene, Murtaugh is attempting to pull the truck driver over and the driver grabs his radio for help. The driver would not have had to worry about getting help if he would have had an escort or pilot car due to hauling an oversized load. In the United States, the owner of an Oversize Load often must hire a Pilot Car (flag or escort car) before the Load can be moved on a public roadway . See more »
This movie is the end of a series which spanned almost two decades.
This time around Riggs (Gibson) is facing three very personal problems. 1) Age is catching up to him, 2) his g/f is pregnant and he's facing being a daddy, and 3) he's facing the dilemma of wanting to remarry. Also, Murtaugh (Glover) is about to be a grand-daddy to a baby by his oldest daughter, and she is secretly married to Detective Butters (Chris Rock), which everyone is keeping a secret from him.
Add to this the fact that both they are now taking on one of the most powerful crime syndicates in the world, the Chinese Triads, in an effort to stop slave trading and money laundering. The task of a bad guy this time goes to Jet Li, who made his American debut (atleast from an American Film Company) in this movie. Yes, this is the movie which launched him here in the states, and he deserved it.
This movie is as good as the rest of them, though nothing beats part 2 in my opinion. Lethal Weapon 4 really hits home on a lot of subjects, such as facing responsibility, to coming to terms with who you are. And it ended the series in a way that makes you smile and love it even more.
I give it a 9 out of 10.
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