Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1998. Warner Bros., Silver Pictures, Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions. Story by Jonathan Lemkin, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Screenplay by Channing Gibson, based on characters created by Shane Black. Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver. Music by Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, David Sanborn. Production Design by J. Michael Riva. Costume Design by Ha Nguyen. Film Editing by Dallas Puett, Kevin Stitt, Eric Strand, Frank J. Urioste.
Danny Glover is no longer the only one who is getting too old for this shit. He and Mel Gibson have had their day and are long past it but insist on coming back for one more Lethal Weapon adventure. This one reunites them with Joe Pesci, Rene Russo (now Mel’s wife in the film) and throws in new cop Chris Rock for good measure. The overly complicated plot has the boys intercept a shipment of illegal immigrants from China, with Glover taking one particular family in out of pity. The family has been brought over to make counterfeit money for a Triad leader (Jet Li) who will stop at nothing to get them back. Lots of wisecracks, even more death-defying stunts, but it just doesn’t gel together as well as it used to. Reports from the set indicated that filming had begun without a finished script, and the raggedy pacing shows this off all too plainly. Russo’s wiseass charms are underused, as are Rock’s comedic abilities.