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Lethal Weapon 3

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 But this dedication to the job comes at a cost; Riggs can be quite withdrawn from most people.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 series).

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 the end.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on March 16, 2012.