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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

I'm not sure if this was the first Lethal Weapon movie I ever watched, but it was definitely the only one I remembered before making my way through the entire Lethal Weapon series again. At the time, I liked the movie, but I don't remember thinking it was anything out of the ordinary. I thought it was on par with pretty much all of the other B-movies I used to watch (a lot of action), but watching it again it is made clear how great a movie it actually is.

The characters are all very down-to-earth and personal. Chris Rock is probably the one that doesn't fit in the most, but maybe that's the point, putting together one big crazy family, and the movie feels real. Sure the explosions are over the roof, and the movie jumps right into a scene with a flamethrower-wielding maniac, but overall the events feel natural, if only overly acted.

The episode in the burning house, the fight on the highway, and the final fight scene, they all really manage to capture the intensity of the situation. The intensity of the fire, of the speed in the chase, and the emotion in the final fight is particularly intense. Jet Li adds some much appreciated martial arts mastership to the mix, and overall it just boils down to a serious dose of action and personality, all intertwined. Riggs is kind of an asshole, but he does care for his friend, and he does have some hardships of his own.

I also like the way that movies from this time period took place in the sun a lot. It wasn't just all darkness and doom and gloom, but actually intense fights even in broad daylight, and that adds to the realism. I don't know if I should call it realism since I'm really not watching movies like this to experience reality, but rather to experience something extraordinary, but I suppose you could call this extraordinary reality. Two cops, lots of criminals, a lot of action, and a lot of talk. It's great. It's just great.

The only two moments that didn't seem very realistic are 1.) the car bursting into flames when hit by a train, twice. The same car gets hit twice, and bursts into flames twice. It feels obviously staged. No... actually, that's all I can think of. Apart from that, it's a great movie. Both antagonists and protagonists have deep personalities, and though there's not really that much comedy, it's a fun watch, with a lot of action. If you haven't seen this series yet you're probably missing out!

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

It hasn't been that many years since the last Lethal Weapon movie before this one, but still, it feels like the filming quality has improved greatly. Not the angles or filmography, but the actual result. Everything is sharper, the zooms contain detail and, well, it just looks much better than the last two. Maybe there was some kind of breakthrough in film technique during the verge of these decades? Who knows, but the fact is, this movie looked a lot better than the previous! OK, moving on...

The plot is a lot wilder as well, and maybe a bit more unpredictable. Leo is back, though he looks different, and no longer requires witness protection (cause his evil employees were all killed in the last movie... by you know who). As always the movie manages to combine family drama with sometimes savage comedy, and a lot of action. This time the villain is an insider, a female private investigator gets involved, there's a car chase along train tracks, lots of explosions, even more gunfire than the earlier movies (probably because the crooks in this case are also arms dealers) and, well... it's just like the previous two but... better. Am I too tired to be writing this review right now? :/ I enjoyed the movie, it gets a...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

The sequel wasn't what the original was, but it was still a great movie, with some unique scenarios like Rog sitting on a bomb in the bathroom, pulling down a stilt house with a pickup truck and riding a car out of an airborne trailer. There's plenty of action to be expected, family life, puns, punchlines and people getting ridiculed. In short, it has all the elements that characterizes this series of movies. It starts out with a witness protection case, where the witness to be protected goes by the name of Leo, a small energetic swindler who contributes a lot to this movie and to the remaining sequels. From now on, he's a key character, the sidekick if you may.

As becomes the tradition in this series, the move kick starts the action, and this time it's a car chase. There's drama, personal affairs, vengeance, yeah... it's the typical story. A good one, but not as good as the last one! It gets a...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lethal Weapon (1987)

The first movie in what came to be a trilogy + 1 starts with a half-naked woman writhing sensually in bed, snorting a line of coke and jumping from what looks like a hotel balcony a few stories up to a parked car below. The fall is a masterpiece in filming, soft and fluent... until she reaches the bottom and digs herself a grave in the roof of that parked vehicle.

It's night, and then it's day, and we're introduced to a black cop, Rog (short for Roger) celebrating his 50th birthtub in in his bathday. Then we're introduced to Rigg, a crazy white guy (maybe even the reason why 'crazy white guy' is a commonly used expression nowadays) who wakes up in a trailer with his dog, smokes, drinks beer, reminisces and seems to be a little suicidal. They become a surprise duo, and through the movie they unravel a plot that has to do with a shadow group from Vietnam, heroin smuggling, and Rog's daughter getting kidnapped.

It's a down-to-earth feast of action, with plenty of fighting, drama and just regular dialog. Compared to many other movies just like this, this one (and the whole series) is strangely natural. It's gritty, and suspenseful, and just... real. I can't say the villainous actors in this first movie are the greatest choices for such types, but I guess I'm saying that in regard to common criminal stereotypes. It's a good movie, and for anyone who likes action movies, this, and the rest of the series, is a must-see. It gets a...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Oh btw, it's also probably the only black/white cop duo movie (series) I've seen where the combination doesn't seem to just be an attempt at luring in as many people as possible to the screen. IOW, in this one, it works.

Wonder Woman (2009)

Wonder Woman (2009)

On an isle of Amazons there lives a princess, a strong-willed (and strong) women who, with a little help from a US Army Pilot, bridges the gap between the human world and her own. There's a clash between good and evil that involves the whole world, there's a romance aaand there's a lot of good action. It's an animated movie in typical Marvel style, not very complex, but very fluid and fast-paced. It had a good plot, good animation and good voice-acting.

Overall it's a great movie, and there are things going on all the time, from beginning to end. And the main character is a sexy femme fatal, so... it was a good watch. :) Kind of reminds me of Luffy's time on the Amazon island in One Piece, but maybe that story actually fetched inspiration from this one? Either that, or... not. Amazons are a much older legend after all.

Prepare for yet another Marvel masterpiece! Edit: Or in this case DC! My bad.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Java Heat (2013)

Java Heat (2013)

Was this the movie that was supposed to bridge the gap between Wester and Eastern culture? I don't think it works, because you know... the main character is still American. The main villain is also an American, with a shitty French accent (he's not supposed to be an American). It's easy to see who stars most, who has the last laugh and who really wins in the end. The Muslim cop is just the sidekick.

This is kind of like all of those movies with one black cop and one white cop that really don't fit together, acting together just to please both ethnicities and cater to a greater audience. I'm not saying blacks and whites don't mix, but movies created with such prejudice in mind is just... pointless. Setting all the stereotypes and Americanization aside though, this was a good movie. It had action, it had some exotic scenery and family drama, and though I still don't think Rourke ever really makes a good villain, it was a good movie. Nothing spectacular, but good action.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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