Time: 127 mins.
I have to admit I wasn't very excited to see this film. I am a fan of the series, but I didn't expect much of the fourth installment. Some laughs, some explosions and Mel being his crazy-ass self. Well, that's exactly what they deliver and though it's nothing new, sometimes it's good enough to be familiar. I didn't really care about the plot. The reasons the bad guys are bad doesn't really matter in these films. They are interchangable and just the foils for Riggs and Murtough's relationship to bounce off of...and they give them the reason to blow things up. Everything including the kitchen sink gets destroyed in this installment, which I must admit is getting old. It's always Murtough's stuff too. If I were his wife I would have divorced him years before on the grounds of emotional distress. How many times can you rebuild your house?
In any case, they accidently get dragged into the middle of a Chinese smuggling scam. All our friends are back Joe Pesci as Leo Getts, the Captain, the department shrink, and Gibson's newfound love from LW3, Rene Russo as internal affairs officer Lorna. There's some new blood mainly in the form of Chris Rock. He's an interesting choice since he's not exactly a great actor, but he does add a freshness to the comedy and a new dimension to the Gibson/Glover relationship that works better than it should. They let him rant on a bit too much in certain scenes, like a mini-standup routine, but he's funny it's not as irritating as it could have been. The women are back to their traditional action movie chick roles. Lorna and Murtough's daughter are pregnant and about to give birth at any time. Like they had to make them more vulnerable. Russo tries to hold her own, but she's not really given much to do. Her one fight scene was just completely unbelievable. She's nine months pregnant and fighting hand to hand with a Chinese bad guy and winning. I don't think so. I don't care how well-trained you are or in how good a shape. You're not going to jeopardize the health of your baby or be able to move like that. But they had to show how "tough" she still is. Whatever. She is the only woman who was not a straight victim, so I guess that's something, right?
Lorna Cole: "What happened last night?"
Martin Riggs: "Oh, gunfight, explosions, sharks, you know, the usual."