Review: ‘Lethal Weapon 3’

The recipe again works here, producing a pic that's really more about moments - comic or thrilling - than any sort of cohesive whole. The plot [by Jeffrey Boam] hinges on a wispy premise about an ex-cop (Stuart Wilson) providing confiscated guns to gangs.

The recipe again works here, producing a pic that’s really more about moments – comic or thrilling – than any sort of cohesive whole. The plot [by Jeffrey Boam] hinges on a wispy premise about an ex-cop (Stuart Wilson) providing confiscated guns to gangs.

This time, the emotional focus is on Danny Glover’s Roger Murtaugh, who counts down the days to his retirement even as he grapples with whether hanging up his gun will make him an old man. Murtaugh and gonzo partner Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) stumble onto the gun racket, bringing them into contact with high-kicking investigator Lorna Cole (Rene Russo), a woman who wins Riggs’ heart by demonstrating that she can inflict as much damage as he can.

The pic manages to be highly entertaining and sanctions all its violence by making the bad guys so despicable that death seems to be the only solution. The broad scope of the action also brings a requisite make-believe quality to the narrative.

Lethal Weapon 3

Production

Warner/Silver. Director Richard Donner; Producer Joel Silver, Richard Donner; Screenplay Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen.

Crew

Camera Jan De Bont; Editor Robert Brown, Battle Davis; Music Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn; Art Director James Spencer (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 118 MIN.

With

Mel Gibson Danny Glover Joe Pesci Rene Russo Stuart Wilson Steve Kahan

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