Lethal Weapon 3
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Lethal Weapon 3 continues the adventures of LA
detectives Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover),
only this time around it turns out Murtaugh may actually be
too old for this shit. Murtaugh is just
days away from retirement and isn’t about to let his insane
partner Riggs, the bad guys of LA, or anyone else get in the
way. Unfortunately for him, trouble has a way of finding
these two ever since they’ve been paired up together.
Riggs and Murtaugh stumble upon an armored car heist and
besides being taken on one of those chases that only a
Lethal Weapon movie is known for, they uncover it’s
a part of something bigger.
The thieves are a part of a larger operation lead by
former cop Jack Travis (Stuart Wilson). Jack is a baaaad man.
He’s the kind of guy who worked for the system, became
extremely dissatisfied with it, and decided it was time he
takes his share of things (and when he does it he does it
with a vengeance). Jack isn’t the kind of physical force like
some of their past enemies. He’s not a former special ops
soldier, mercenary, or some other highly trained individual,
but that doesn’t mean he can’t pack a punch. Jack is the kind
of guy who will pull a knife during a fist fight. If it’s a
knife fight, he’ll pull a gun. Think of something along the
lines of Joe Pesci’s characters from GoodFellas or
Casino. This character is not the kind of guy who
would go toe-to-toe with Riggs like in past movies, but he is
still one mean MFer.
This entry in the series is also the introduction of a few
different things. First, we begin to see the evolution of
Riggs (Gibson). Riggs is one hell of a cop. He’s also
completely insane. It’s a big reason why he’s so good at his
job. But this dedication to the job comes at a cost; Riggs
can be quite withdrawn from most people. Sure he’s close with
Murtaugh, his family, and the rest of the guys and gals down
at the precinct. However, when it comes to his personal life,
he’s still a loner. In this movie, the character does a
little bit of growing up. He begins to put himself out there
a little more. This is made possible through the addition of a
new character, Detective Lorna Cole (Rene Russo).
Lorna is also investigating the same case as the guys. She
works for Internal Affairs and suspects that one or more
police officers may be in on this recent string of robberies.
Her addition to the team adds some tension as well as amusing
situations. It also flows pretty naturally and doesn’t feel
forced (unlike some other new characters throughout the
Riggs doesn’t have a big throw down with anyone the way he
does in the previous two movies, but this movie makes up for
it with a ton of gunfights; there's a particularly big one at
Diagnosis: Thumbs up.
This movie review was written for your reading pleasure
on March 16, 2012.