Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
  • Time: 114 min
  • Genre: Action | Thriller
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci

Storyline:

South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs and Murtaugh, two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However, the South Africans are protected by diplomatic immunity and so the duo are assigned to witness protection duty in an attempt by their captain to keep his job. It is only when this witness reveals to them that he has already dealt with the smugglers that the trouble really starts…

One comment

  • The sequel offers more comedy (great buddy action between Riggs and Murtaugh, with Joe Pesci coming in as brilliant comedic sidekick Leo Getz, okayokayokay …) and more over-the-top action, and even less of a coherent plot. While Riggs was an ambivalent and unhinged guy in the first part, he’s more like the Australian answer to Bruce Lee and James Bond rolled into one here (hordes of villains keep attacking him with nuclear weapons — Riggs wards them all off with his trusty Beretta and the occasional roundhouse kick) — which unfortunately also makes him a lot less intriguing.

    I would really have preferred a less ludicrous and more “together” plot. I thought it was a nice touch to throw in a bit of current politics and to give the South Africans (then still a racist rĂ©gime) a hard time, but the movie goes way over the top here in painting them Blofeld-evil and likening them to the Nazis. It’s just silly and schematic. Riggs repeatedly busts this one fat South African guy murdering babies and stuffing them with drugs, to which the insidious Kaffir-hater will always retort by claiming diplomatic immunity.

    Overall, this franchise lingers under the he usual weakness of the plot and narration department, but is still often enjoyable. It’s one of those movies which is fun to watch, then afterwards there is this uncomfortable phase where you unsuccessfully try to make sense of the plot, and then you forget the whole movie quite quickly.

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