Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Diplomatic Immunity." Lethal Weapon II

The second of the four film installment of Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon, Riggs and Murtaugh are at it again in Lethal Weapon II (1989). While working another drug case, an arrest turns violent when the escapee crashes his BMW through a store window, spilling thousands of South African Krugerrand. Though Riggs and Murtaugh are assigned to keep watch over the very annoying Leo Getz, played by Joe Pesci, Leo's inside information on the S. African criminals is just to good to let slip by.

Featured scenes include car chases, nailgun fights, Riggs taking down a helicopter with a gun and falling a house on stilts with his truck, exploding toilets, and of course diplomatic immunity. The two buddy cops could not be more different, black and white, young and old, rule follower and suicidal maniac, but they somehow manage to work together and take down the villain in the end.

Lethal Weapon II, though fantastical in nature, is highly entertaining as both an action and comedic film. It is recognizably 80's due to the fashions and soundtrack, but stands up over time as a timeless heroic cop flick. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed the first film, or films such as Die Hard or Beverly Hills Cop. It also holds one of the corniest one-liners of all time:

"You've been de-kaffirnated!" - Murtaugh.

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