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Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Preceded by: Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Succeeded by: Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Directed by:
Richard Donner

COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Buddy cop/Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dødelig våpen III

RUNNING TIME
118 minutes

Produced by:
Richard Donner
Joel Silver
Written by:
Jeffrey Boam
Robert Mark Kamen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Martin Riggs

Mel Gibson
Roger Murtaugh Danny Glover ½
Leo Getz Joe Pesci
Lorna Cole Rene Russo
Jack Travis Stuart Wilson ½
Captain Ed Murphy Steve Kahan -
Trish Murtaugh Darlene Love -

 

Review

The Lethal Weapon series enters its baroque phase with this third entry, in which everything that was finely tuned in the first two films is pushed somewhat off balance. This time around, the filmmakers obviously felt the need to add plenty of self-referencing and irony, almost like a precursor to the parody Loaded Weapon 1 which would be released half a year later. Number three is an obvious deterioration of a formula that may have run its course, and the dull bad guys, Mel Gibson's horrible ponytail, and Joe Pesci's increasingly annoying Leo Getz don't help either. There are a handful of highlights: a subplot about Murtaugh and his son's friend Darryl, a fight between Murtaugh and Riggs aboard the former's boat, and a half-decent finale which doesn't try to be something it isn't, but keeps the action neat and tidy.

Copyright © 29.09.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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