Sunday, April 25, 2010

FRANCHISE RANKING: The "LETHAL WEAPON" Movies



Below is my ranking of the four "LETHAL WEAPON" movies from my favorite to my least favorite. Here they are:


FRANCHISE RANKING: The "LETHAL WEAPON" Movies


1. "Lethal Weapon" (1987) - This first movie featured the meeting of suicidal cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and veteran family man Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and their investigation of a drug addict prostitute who happens to be the daughter of an old Vietnam War buddy of Roger's. Their investigation leads to a drug cartel operated by former CIA mercenaries. Not only the first film, but also the best. Along with "DIE HARD" (1988), this set the standard for buddy cop films.





2. "LETHAL WEAPON 4" (1998) - In the franchise's last installment, Riggs and Murtaugh investigate a Chinese slavery/smuggling ring, while dealing with family issues. Riggs and his live-in girlfriend, Internal Affairs cop Lorna Cole (Renee Russo) are expecting their first child. And Murtaugh is about to become a grandfather, unaware that his pregnant daughter is married to a fellow cop named Lee Butters (Chris Rock). Martial arts star Jet Li plays one of their best nemesis, a gangster named Wah Sing Ku.





3. "LETHAL WEAPON 2" (1989) - Riggs and Murtaugh returned in this first sequel in which they have to protect an irritating Federal witness (Joe Pesci), while taking on a gang of South African drug dealers led who are hiding behind diplomatic immunity. Joss Ackland, Patsy Kensit and Derrick O'Connor co-starred in what I consider to be the franchise's darkest film.





4. "LETHAL WEAPON 3" - Riggs and Murtaugh battle a corrupt ex-cop named Jack Travis (Stuart Wilson), while Murtaugh deal with his shooting of a teenage gangbanger and acquaintance of his son. Meanwhile, Riggs meets and falls in love with Internal Affairs cop, Lorna Cole (Renee Russo). Not bad, but lightweight in compare to the other three.

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