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Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2

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A little over a year ago I was sick with the worst case of food poisoning I have ever experienced. In fact, that was probably the sickest I have ever been in my entire life. The one good thing about being sick is you get the chance to catch up on movies. I caught a part of Lethal Weapon 3 (review here) on TV. When it was over, I wanted to see the whole thing, so I went into ye old home video archive and pulled it chapter in the Lethal Weapon series out from my collection.

I had planned on revisiting the rest of the series – especially since I never reviewed them for the site – but never got around to it. Well another sick day about a month or so ago gave me the opportunity and this time around I tore through the rest of the series. God bless sick days.

I guess Murtaugh (Danny Glover) wasn’t getting too old for this shit after all, because he’s back for more action with his insane partner Riggs (Mel Gibson). And boy are they back; this movie wastes no time getting things going. In typical Lethal Weapon fashion, Riggs and Murtaugh are knee deep in a high-speed chase that is representative of the kind of situations these two find themselves in ever since they became partners.

Little did they know at the time, but this chase would lead to much larger problems. When they investigate the car of the bad guy they were chasing, they come across a trunk full of Kruggerrand. At that time, it was illegal to bring Kruggerrand into the U.S., so this discovery sent up some red flags.

It turns out the hired goon was working for a “diplomat” named Arjen Rudd of South Africa. This guy is the kind of person who waves the “diplomatic immunity” card in front of your face whenever you attempt to arrest him for anything illegal he’s suspected of doing. He doesn’t deny doing it, which is infuriating, but instead boasts of his protection due to his political position. Riggs being Riggs decides to have a little fun with this. He politely harasses Rudd any chance he gets.

His right-hand man and head of security, Pieter Vorstedt, is a real bastard. Pieter (Derrick O’Connor) is eyeballing Riggs from the second he meets him. You can tell the two men are just looking for a reason to tear each other apart.

Also along for the ride this time around is Leo Getz (Joe Pesci). He’s a witness to a crime and has been assigned to protective custody with Riggs and Murtaugh. Leo is a former criminal and weasel, but you can’t help and like him. He adds some humor to the movie.

Speaking of humor, this one had a lot more than the previous one. It’s not that the first one didn’t have any or that this one wasn’t serious, it’s just they seemed to have made an effort to make this one funnier. For the most part it works. Danny Glover in particular, was pretty damn funny in this movie. Some of the stuff with his daughter – who is growing up faster than he’d like – is hilarious. Riggs is supposed to be zany, but watching the straight man Murtaugh get upset is quite amusing at times.

Lethal Weapon 2

If you think the increased laughs comes at the expense of the action, don’t sweat it. This movie still has plenty of action. Riggs is still nuts, Murtaugh is still dragged into life-threatening situation because he’s nuts, and there’s still some classic action sequences in this movie. Riggs does something completely insane towards the end of the movie. He also has another great fight with one of the bad guys.

I had seen this one the least of them all, so I was really curious to see it. I hadn’t seen it in years and didn’t really remember a lot of it, so it was kind of like watching something I had never seen before.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on July 12, 2013.  

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