The first one was hard core. It was all about drugs, intrigue and Vietnam. It was also about Riggs' suicidal tendencies. It was serious. Too serious. That was awesome. This one is about a lighter, gentler Riggs. The same Murtaugh I'm afraid but a lighter gentler Riggs-for a while that is. Reasons why this film is better than the original: 1. Leo Getz, 2. Same chemistry but with a tighter bond, 3. Comic relief, 4. Truly despicable villains, 5. Revenge story that pops out of nowhere really this is quite surprising for a Gibson flick mind you . This one's the best of the series. <more>
Part three was a joke. Part four...I dunno what the hell that one was. Part one was pure setup baby. This is the one. >
A complete review in as short as possible... (by PeoplesBadmash)
Lethal Weapon 2: A complete review in as short as possibleIf you're looking for an extremely enjoyable movie, in all aspects of the word "enjoyable" i seriously recommend this masterpiece! It has everything anyone can ask for: a star-studded cast, excellent performances, masterful directions, engrossing story, amazing action-sequences, witty dialogue, sensational sound track, and this is just the beginning! And if this is not MAGIC then I don't know what is!Gibson's Riggs and Glover's Murtaugh are amazing, the chemistry here is absolutely amazing! Each complements <more>
the other perfectly and the inclusion of Pesci's Getz is the best thing that could have ever happened to the movie.It's not just the performances either. LW2 is an excellent follow-up to the original that spawned 4 sequels and is a MUST-SEE. As a matter of fact, I personally find it to be the best movie throughout the series. Do not pass this one up!Oomph!-scale from 5 : *****
This time our favorite mismatched cops Mel Gibson and Danny Glover take on South African diplomats who I think are German who are taking advantage of the system by using their status to deal drugs, after numerous warnings from the dealers, as well as near death experiences, our favorite two cops go out with all pistols blazing in a thrilling climax which ends in explosive fashion. I think the main reason why in 1989, I couldn't enjoy the ultra-lame Tango And Cash which came out that year though at the end of the year was because I had seen this earlier and this to me was the real <more>
thing. Lethal Weapon 2 is one of those movies that still manages to entertain years after its release. I saw this as a teenager and thought it was the greatest thing ever and even now this is one of my most prized DVDs in my collection. Lethal Weapon 2 is a very exciting movie and when I look at other enjoyable movies that fall in the mismatched buddy/cop genre Lethal Weapon 1, I Come In Peace, Beverly Hills Cop 1+2, Last Boyscout and Rush Hour Lethal Weapon 2 always stands head and shoulders above the rest, indeed it is tied with 48 HRS as my favorite Cop/Buddy movie off all time. I think the thing that gives this movie that extra enjoyment is that we actually care about characters, the acting is very well done and overall it's directed with a brutal punch which back up the action. Also Joe Pesci's comic relief wasn't annoying like it would be in the later sequels in fact his comic timing actually works. This is a great example of genre film-making and is a must see for fans of the genre.* * * * out of 4- Excellent, a must see!
This sequel can't reach the original movie from 1987. But, this one is too very funny, action filled and nice made. Gibson is cool, had to say that. " We're back we're bad, you're black i'm mad! " The coolest replic ever...maybe... Role dais: 4
Number 2 Getz It! (by Hollywood_Yoda)
In the second installment of the "Lethal Weapon" series, we see Mel Gibson and Danny Glover going after South African diplomats. The diplomats who they are trying to apprehend, coincidentally are smuggling illegal gold into the United States. In the meantime, Riggs falls in love with the girl who is the secretary for the diplomats.And we see Joe Pesci in his first Lethal Weapon movie, as Leo Getz, the quick talking little banker who tried to steal money from the South African diplomats. Most of the plot deals with Leo and Martin Riggs, which makes the film very entertaining.In this <more>
film, we find out what happened to Rigg's wife a few years earlier, and to Rika, the secretary as well. Both had the same fate, but you must watch the film to find out.I give the film a 9 out of 10.
This sequel is even better than the original Lethal Weapon (by charlessmith702210)
The good news is that the movie avoids the opening credit sequence found on most movies---you go right immediately into the exciting action where Murtaugh and Riggs, along with several other officers, try to chase down a few members of a narcotraffic gang. At the end of the chase, they kick one of the suspect's cars and out comes South African money called the Kreugerrand. After I saw those foreign coins, this was the part that was going to make Lethal Weapon 2 much different than the original.Later, I realized that this drug gang, masked really as members of the Consulate of South <more>
Africa, are using their immunity from prosecution and arrest since they are actually diplomatic agents to commit drug-trafficking and its related crimes. I also saw some new details on Riggs' characterization. Realizing that he was involved with counterinsurgency tactics and martial arts in the original "Lethal Weapon", I realize that he is also a die-hard Houdini fan, during a scene at the police headquarters where Riggs, already bound with a straitjacket, tries to free himself. He does free himself but he slams his shoulder right into the hard wall, on purpose!...With this absurd act, I realized something new in Riggs... in some cases, he loves being hurt that is, he loves pain in situations where other people don't want to be involved with being hurt.One of the most serious parts of the movie almost put an end to Murtaugh's life. The movie doesn't reveal it verbally, but the reason why Murtaugh was on a toilet rigged with a C4 explosive bobby-trap behind the toilet which was ready to blow up if he got up was that the drug dealers ignored his warning earlier in the movie to stay away from them because they are from the consulate. After bobby-trapping Murtaugh, the gang locked up the house so that Riggs could not get in. This almost directly shows the type of sectarian violence under apartheid in South Africa around the 1980s. But Riggs did get in by kicking down the front door. Riggs was the first one to find out that Martaugh was bobby-trapped, especially when he saw the phrase on the bathroom tissue, "Boom! You're Dead!" When Riggs called the bomb squad, I knew the Riggs and Murtaugh had their friendship on the line--big time! Their only saving grace, says the bomb squad, was to put LN2 liquid nitrogen on the device and for Riggs to pull Murtaugh into the tub since the tub would absorb most of the explosive impact.The narcotraffic gang's last straw was when Riggs' strongly befriended Rika Van Den Haas played by Patsy Kensit ....and Arjen Rudd the main bad guy in the movie orders the gang on a bombing and assassination wave against all of the L.A. officers involved for example, officer Collins blown away by a booby-trap explosive as she was going to dive into her swimming pool, or officer Wyler being shot in the head by a 9mm in taking the drug dealers down. Murtaugh came close to his death himself against two of the gang members before he both knocked them out with a nail gun, but not until other assassins kidnap Leo Getz played by Joe Pesci and take away Murtaugh's car. At the same time, Riggs and Van den Haas both came close to their deaths by assassins using automatic weapons fire on the house trailer Riggs lived in the first Lethal Weapon movie. Fortunately, there is the same characterization in the previous Lethal Weapon movie--his strong black-bag skills in Vietnam stopped the police-killing assassins in their tracks...saving both him and Van den Haas. This part almost screams "James Bond" for Riggs but not exactly. This also reminds me of "True Lies", where the protagonist and his love interest of course, I am talking about Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger are involved in shootouts with renegade terrorists also with automatic weapons.Patsy Kensit's acting role as Rika is almost like a Dutch version of Madonna....moreover, her character is considered very gentle, especially in her voice. She sounds like as if she should be a presidential candidate to appease the violence in South Africa. The only problem with her that she sometimes speaks too fast.
First of all this movie is almost as good as the original. It retains all of the elements that made the first film so darn entertaining and adds some new elements.As all actors from the first movie appear in the second one as well its pretty clear what you can expect acting wise and surprise, surprise: The acting is still stellar, close to perfection. Mel Gibson is always good and in the second installment of the series he gets to be a little more wild and add even more nuances to the character. For example we get to see Riggs hit on women which adds an entire new side to him as the side we <more>
saw in the first film was of him mourning. Also we find out how his wife dies in a beautifully underacted scene if you want to know how she dies you'll have to see the movie . Danny Glover returns as well and he plays the character pretty much as he did in the first film which is good because the character he plays is the one who is not supposed to change. He is meant to be square and combined with the character of Riggs this becomes highly entertaining. However, a new element is put into the mix to make it even more entertaining, Leo Getz, played beautifully by Joe Pesci and is to this day still one of his most memorable characters. He is funny and fast talking but most importantly: he is a crook and when you put him together with Riggs and Murtaugh the mix becomes explosive. The main villains are played by Joss Ackland and Derrick O'Connor and they are also good and a bit more developed than the villains of the first movie obviously because they had to focus more on the relationship between Riggs and Murtaugh in the first movie. Riggs' love interest is played Patsy Kensit and she is good if a bit underdeveloped. The story is excellent and is almost better than the story in the first one. It is entertaining and funny and best of all the incredible chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover is maintained and is almost as good as it was in the first movie. Furthermore the addition of Joe Pesci was a very nice touch because he immediately makes the scenes with him, Gibson and Glover even more interesting and entertaining. The plot with the villains is kept relatively simple like in the first film, which is good because the goal for the film is entertainment not to be thought provoking.The action of the film is kept in the same style as in the first movie and it is still both exhilarating and entertaining. The effects are still relatively realistic and this of course gives the movie a level of credibility that is sorely needed in many modern action movies.All in all a worthy sequel and an excellent film on its own. 8/10
An action movie with heart (by matthewshanereaves)
Many action flicks over the years have been called loud and dumb. This is no exception. The "Lethal Weapon" series has never been especially noted for its intellect but it has something that a lot of action films lack: heart. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's winning chemistry created some of the most tender moments in the series and "Lethal Weapon 2" excels because they make the audience care about their characters. This movie is by far the best in the series with tones of moments registering directly to the viewer. Gibson and Glover provide these characters with depth <more>
that could easily have been lacking and the ending of this film leaves the audience actually feeling the love these two men have for each other. And, as a bonus, "Lethal Weapon 2" digs even deeper into one of the protagonist's past, shedding even more light as to why he is the way he is.
Double the lethal, double the weapon, double the fun! :D (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
A terrific sequel to one of the first action duo films that worked well. Adding Joe Pesci to the cast, what a great choice! He was so funny, together, Mel, Danny, and Joe are the three stooges of Lethal Weapon. They work together so well. This movie has everything that you could want: action, romance, comedy, and drama.Again, like in my last Lethal Weapon comment, must we go on for ten sentences? I mean, is it just me or isn't that a little silly? I think so. It's like, you can't just put down you liked the movie or hated it? I miss the old IMDb! *sob!* 8/10 PS: Ask me questions <more>
about the movie if you have doubts about me witnessing it's glory.