Every superstar has a film in their career that shot them to stardom overnight; the one film that became a milestone in their career. For Mel Gibson, ‘Lethal Weapon’ is one such film. Even though his breakout role had come way earlier in the form of ‘Mad Max’, it was ‘Lethal Weapon’ that brought him in league with the best in business. A massive box-office success, the film’s popularity led the filmmakers to give it three more sequels. It also got its very own video game and in 2016, a television series of the same name began airing on Fox. If you haven’t yet seen it, then you shouldn’t go any further than the summary of the plot. If you enjoy buddy cop films and action movies that have a hint of comedy, then you should totally go for it. It is highly entertaining and has some good action sequences.
Summary of the Plot
The film begins with a young woman (Jackie Swanson) jumping to death from the balcony of her room. The next morning, we watch Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) starting out his day, which happens to be his birthday, with his family. A couple of things we learn is that his wife isn’t really a good cook; he is losing grasp of his eldest daughter because she is a teenager now and that he has turned fifty, which officially makes him “too old for the upcoming sh*t”.
While Murtaugh is a wholesome family man, Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) presents the image of a certified loner. He lives in a trailer with his dog and doesn’t have any organization in his life. It doesn’t take much time for us to figure out that he is suicidal. He recently lost his wife and hasn’t yet been able to make his peace with it. The psychologist at the station wants him to be sent on a mandatory leave but his superiors aren’t ready to do that.
However, after an incident where he got very close to getting himself killed, Riggs is reassigned to the homicide division, where he is partnered up with a reluctant Murtaugh. They begin investigating the case of the dead girl, but then, it comes to Murtaugh’s notice that she is the daughter of one of his Vietnam buddies, Michael Hunsaker (Tom Atkins). What seems like a simple open and shut case slowly begins to unravel into a bigger conspiracy. Hunsaker is hiding something from the cops and the reason is that these are people in high places who will not hesitate to kill the cops as well.