History Film / LethalWeapon

9th Mar '17 12:27:10 PM MadCat221
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* RefugeInAudacity: Riggs' signal [[spoiler: for Murtaugh to go into the stilt house and start shooting the bad guys]] is to use his pickup truck to [[spoiler: start bringing the whole ''place'' down.]]

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* RefugeInAudacity: Riggs' signal [[spoiler: for Murtaugh to go into the stilt house and start shooting the bad guys]] is to use his pickup truck to [[spoiler: start bringing the whole ''place'' down.down, by repeatedly full-throttle yanking a foundation column lassoed to a tow cable.]]
19th Feb '17 11:00:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheScript: The original script had more of a backstory for Joshua, who was working as CIA assassin in Vietnam and he got a legendary status due to all the things he did in the war, as Riggs did in this version. This explains how did they knew of each other's names and reputations in the film.
18th Feb '17 5:31:23 PM CumbersomeTercel
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In ''Lethal Weapon 2'' (1989), they received a comedy sidekick played by Joe Pesci as a witness and insider to the new bad guys. The BigBad of the movie was Arjen Rudd, a South African diplomat using diplomatic immunity to hide his large-scale drug smuggling activities.

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In ''Lethal Weapon 2'' (1989), they received a comedy sidekick played by Joe Pesci Creator/JoePesci as a witness and insider to the new bad guys. The BigBad of the movie was Arjen Rudd, a South African diplomat using diplomatic immunity to hide his large-scale drug smuggling activities.



In the final installment, ''Lethal Weapon 4'' (1998), Lorna is pregnant with Riggs' baby and both he and Murtaugh are contemplating the implications of growing older. Meanwhile, Riggs and Murtaugh receive a brash younger detective named Lee Butters (Chris Rock) and are dealing with Chinese Triads when they uncover a boatload of illegal immigrants. [[DragonInChief The Dragon (In Chief)]] /BigBad of this group is Wah Sing Ku, played by JetLi, by whom Riggs finds himself entirely outmatched.

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In the final installment, ''Lethal Weapon 4'' (1998), Lorna is pregnant with Riggs' baby and both he and Murtaugh are contemplating the implications of growing older. Meanwhile, Riggs and Murtaugh receive a brash younger detective named Lee Butters (Chris Rock) (Creator/ChrisRock) and are dealing with Chinese Triads when they uncover a boatload of illegal immigrants. [[DragonInChief The Dragon (In Chief)]] /BigBad of this group is Wah Sing Ku, played by JetLi, by whom Riggs finds himself entirely outmatched.



* CallForward: The musical riffs we first hear in the film are later used in Sting and Eric Clapton's "It's Probably Me", the hit single from the third film.

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* CallForward: The musical riffs we first hear in the film are later used in Sting Music/{{Sting}} and Eric Clapton's Music/EricClapton's "It's Probably Me", the hit single from the third film.
18th Feb '17 5:15:00 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* PlayingGertrude: Riggs was meant to be 38, yet Creator/MelGibson was 30. Also, Murtaugh was 50, yet Creator/DannyGlover was 40.



* CementShoes: Vorstedt tries to dispose of Riggs by throwing him off a dock while chained to a weight in ''Lethal Weapon 2''. It doesn't work. [[spoiler: It did work with Rika, though, much to Riggs' anguish.]]

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* CementShoes: Vorstedt tries to dispose of Riggs by throwing him off a dock while chained to a weight in ''Lethal Weapon 2''.weight. It doesn't work. [[spoiler: It did work with Rika, though, much to Riggs' anguish.]]



* ComplexityAddiction: The South African villains send two helicopters full of machine-gun toting mooks to kill Riggs which fail conspiciously, only to later get the drop on him by just hitting Riggs over the head as he walks to his car.

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* ComplexityAddiction: The South African villains send two helicopters full of machine-gun toting mooks to kill Riggs which fail conspiciously, conspicuously, only to later get the drop on him by just hitting Riggs over the head as he walks to his car.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Easily the darkest and most violent entry in the series, particularly during the third act.



::: Even Murtaugh wasn't expecting the magnitude of Riggs' "signal". "RIGGS YOU CRAZY MOTHER---"

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::: ** Even Murtaugh wasn't expecting the magnitude of Riggs' "signal". "RIGGS YOU CRAZY MOTHER---"



%%* RuthlessForeignGangsters: Arjen Rudd and the South African mobsters.

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%%* * RuthlessForeignGangsters: Arjen Rudd and the South African mobsters.


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* LighterAndSofter: The film has a much more comedic tone, especially compared with the second film.
26th Jan '17 6:48:30 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* KnowledgeBroker: Leo Getz. [[CatchPhrase "Whatever you need, Leo Gets".]] (Unfortunately, he tends to '''get''' [[ButtMonkey himself in trouble a lot.]]
16th Jan '17 5:55:29 AM contrafanxxx
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* DiesWideOpen: Murtaugh discovers [[spoiler: Hong's]] corpse this way.



* DragoninChief: Wah Sing Ku is technically working to free his bosses, one of whom is his older brother. But since they are all in prison he's the one who actually drives the plot.

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* DragoninChief: DragonInChief: Wah Sing Ku is technically working to free his bosses, one of whom is his older brother. But since they are all in prison he's the one who actually drives the plot.plot.
* DramaticThunder: In the final fight with Wah Sing Ku.
11th Jan '17 11:18:02 AM contrafanxxx
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* GrandFinale: Of the series.
5th Jan '17 8:05:10 AM Indori
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* DoctorDoctorDoctor: Or rather, Captain Captain Captain!
31st Dec '16 6:33:31 AM contrafanxxx
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%%* RatedMForManly

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%%* RatedMForManly* RatedMForManly: Like ''Franchise/DieHard'', the series might be a little lighter given the protagonists are a family man and a nervous wreck. Their behavior and environment is still as manly as it gets.
19th Dec '16 8:02:19 PM Bissek
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* BigDamnHeroes: Just as Joshua and his people are about to torture Murtaugh's daughter in order to break him, a newly escaped Riggs shows up and starts shooting mooks.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Riggs and Murtaugh are tortured to see how much they know about Shadow Company's next drug shipment. After that scene, no mention is made of the police learning the when and where of that shipment, much less intercepting it.



* HollywoodLaw: This movie is the one that insinuates that diplomatic immunity is a license to commit crimes with impunity. In reality, once the LAPD found out that the South African diplomats were running a drug ring, they could have just notified the State Department, who would have them deported. Since South Africa is a United States ally, it's probable they would then be extradited, or at least tried in their home country. Once Rudd's men started assassinating police officers, diplomatic immunity would have gone out the window since his actions could be considered terrorism and South Africa would not dare to protect him. His government would disavow him in an instant since the entire situation could be seen as an act of war against the United States.

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* HollywoodLaw: This movie is the one that insinuates that diplomatic immunity is a license to commit crimes with impunity. In reality, once the LAPD found out that the South African diplomats were running a drug ring, they could have just notified the State Department, who would have them deported. Since South Africa is a United States ally, it's probable they would then be extradited, or at least tried in their home country. Once Rudd's men started assassinating police officers, diplomatic immunity would have gone out the window since his actions could be considered terrorism and South Africa would not dare to protect him. His government would disavow him in an instant since the entire situation could be seen as an act of war against the United States. In any case, [[spoiler:the South African government wouldn't dare raise a fuss about the death of the Rudd under those circumstances. Murtaugh would sell it as "a man shot my partner, I returned fire", which would clear IA easily, and the South African government would have a very hard time explaining why their consular officer died holding a gun that LAPD Forensics could easily match to bullets pulled out of a police officer.]]
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