Lethal Weapon (1987)


Movie Review

Directed by: Richard Donner

Starring: Mel Gibson and Danny Glover

In Lethal Weapon, Los Angeles narcotics officer Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is bound to get himself and anyone else around him killed.  Since his wife died, he’s been a loose cannon on the job.  Detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) has seen more days on the streets as a cop than he cares to count.  At this point, he’s only looking forward to two things—his 50th birthday and his retirement from the force.  When Murtaugh is partnered with a suicidal Riggs to take down a drug dealer, he realizes he may not live to see either thing happen.

Despite Mel Gibson’s personal issues, Lethal Weapon is an iconic action thriller that has stood the test of time.  It perfected the formula for buddy cop films.  Without it, there would be no films like Rush Hour or Bad Boys.  Lethal Weapon has the right blend of action, suspense, and comedy.  Danny Glover and Mel Gibson have unrivaled onscreen chemistry as Riggs and Murtaugh.  This is definitely the best film of the series.  Check this out as soon as you can.  Of course, you could have a sip of something while doing so.



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