It’s now the early 90s, the beginning of one of the most forgettable decades of all time, but nevertheless the Lethal Weapon series is still going strong. Strap in for a third time as Gibson and Glover take you on yet another wild bromantic action thriller.
The film has a great opening, instantly grabbing the audience. Riggs and Murtaugh arrive on the scene where there is a bomb set to explode inside a building. Rather than wait for the bomb squad, Riggs decides to run inside, with Murtaugh reluctantly chasing after. After some banter, and a bad decision involving the cutting of the wires, the two men both scarper as the building collapses in a huge fireball behind them. OK, so it’s hardly serious drama, but the action fiend in me loved it.
Indeed, this film seems much less serious than the first two, but fortunately, the joking is mainly coming from Riggs and Murtaugh. Nevertheless, the film does tap into the serious side of things when Murtaugh, whilst under heavy fire, shoots his assailant who turns out to be one of his son’s friends. Murtaugh becomes overwhelmed by the consequences of his actions, but almost too easily his son forgives him. I guess this is because it’s only a two hour film rather than a TV series, which is what it’s starting to feel like.
The irksome Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) from the last film also returns, although he is fun in small doses, and those doses are very small here. We also meet Riggs’ new flame Lorna Cole (Rene Russo), an internal affairs detective who shows off her girl power by dealing with several tough-looking henchmen very efficiently. Seeing as both these characters are in the fourth film too – IMDb told me as I was looking up the actors – I get the feeling that the Lethal Weapon films are some kind of cumulative effort, and we get a new supporting character in every film.
Despite not being as serious as the first two films, I still really enjoyed Lethal Weapon 3, making this by far the most consistent action movie trilogy I’ve ever seen. I’m rather anxious for number four then: will Glover and Gibson luck out? We’ll just have to wait and see.