Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1992. Warner Bros., Silver Pictures, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission. Story by Jeffrey Boam, Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen, based on characters created by Shane Black. Cinematography by Jan de Bont. Produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver. Music by Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, David Sanborn. Production Design by James H. Spencer. Costume Design by Nick Scarano. Film Editing by Robert Brown, Battle Davis.
Yup, those wiseguys are back, no smarter or quicker than they ever were before. This time, they’ve gotten themselves (or should I say, Mel Gibson has gotten them) into so much trouble with their superiors that he and Danny Glover have been demoted to beat cops on the sidewalk. Even at that low level, however, our heroes can’t avoid adventure, and it comes knocking on their door when they get mixed up in a real estate scheme involving an ex-cop who is using bullets that can go through police vests. Although not as pedestrian as the first sequel to the 1987 blockbuster hit, this one is still just a collection of action stunts and wisecracks, with one main exception: the addition of Rene Russo as an Internal Affairs officer investigating the heinous crimes being committed by our villain. Russo matches Gibson and Glover brains and action every step of the way, and she’s a pleasure to behold. Thankfully, this was the last Lethal Weapon movie to feature Gibson sporting that hairstyle (hello, new decade!)