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Will Lethal Weapon 5 be worth the $10?  

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  1. 1. Will you go see Lethal Weapon 5?

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When I read about this I had to make sure I wasn't losing my mind.

 

LETHAL WEAPON 5???

 

Yes - its happening.

 

Shane Black has apparently brought life into the long dead franchise by writing a new case for Riggs and Murtaugh that takes them back to their roots.

 

Script or no script, the INSANE part is that Mel Gibson is contemplating doing it.

 

Yes - its happening.

 

I can't say I'm shocked about Gibson since he's making his big acting comeback with Robert DeNiro in Edge Of Darkness out next year.

 

Its the idea of Joel Silver even considering this will make money that blows my fuckin mind.

 

Glover apparently wants in too (of course) and there's talks that the story is very dark (unlike the 3 sequels that strayed away from Black's original).

 

I love the Unrated Cut of Donner's Lethal Weapon.

 

It truly was an amazing film and none of the sequels did it justice.

 

Unlike The Road Warrior, Lethal Weapon 2 got far too comedic.

 

It had its moments, but too few to save it.

 

Derrick O'Connor was at his best though, playing the man who created the Martin Riggs we love.

 

Let's see if this new installment is more than a dead horse that died beaten with a stick 20 years ago.

 

-TL

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Shane Black has not let me down yet. The guy is good at writing, plain and simple. As for Joel Silver, that guy thinks anything can make money, just add enough explosions.

 

I can't see running to a theater to see it, maybe if nothing is going on, or if the trailer blows my mind. DVD deffinatly. I only hope they keep out the "I'm getting too old for this shit." It was funny the first few times, now three sequels later, it's getting old.

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It would have to be amazingly bad for me not to go see it. I've seen all of them on the big screen...why stop now? Besides I love watching movies on the big screen, it doesn't take much to get me to go...smart ass cops and lots of shit getting blown up will bring me in every time.

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OH, DEAR LORD. Will somebody PLEEEAASE blow up Hollywood already!! The STUNNING lack of originality that is emanating from that place is beginning to stink up the country.

 

Doesn't ANYONE in that town have ONE ORIGINAL IDEA left? Or is this what moviedom will be reduced to from now on? Sequels after sequels and spinoffs of spinoffs. Is there no limit to what they think fans will go see? Just because a movie was successful ONCE, doesn't mean that fans are clamoring for an endless parade of remakes and sequels. Someone should make a rule that there shold be a STRICT LIMIT of TWO sequels for any movie, and no movie franchise shall exceed THREE FILMS.

 

Period. That's just my opinion.

 

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just keep Donner away from it

 

I really liked 16 blocks. If he takes his material seriously I think he can make some fairly dark, gritty films. It's not like Donner is a shmoe. He's able, he just has to be willing.

 

I didn't hate LW2, but 3 and 4 were comedies, not action films with some humor in them. 4 was an unfunny comedy at that. "Will me Riggs . . . will me!" . . . . what the fuck?

 

I agree, nothing touches the first film. It still holds up today as a good action flick, 21 years later.

 

I've never seen the unrated cut of the first film, but I do know the first draft of Black's script was a lot darker. I still think someone needs to shoot that damn thing with a whole new cast.

 

I don't see any reason for Hollywood to NOT make the film. I'm sure from thier point of view it's a good bet.

 

I do agree that one of these days hollywood needs to give original material more priority. It could happen.

 

 

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Donner's been going downhill since Assassins.

 

Why? What was wrong with assassins? This is way too general, and dismissive. What did he do before assassins that made him any different afterwards?

 

He's a hit or miss director with me. I seem to either love his films or hate his films.

 

But, the guy has made some of my favorite films, and when he's not trying to push his own political agenda into his movies, I think he does excellent work.

 

 

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  • 1 month later...

It looks like this film is going in the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull route, by placing the focus on the offspring of the once leading characters.

 

Apparently up and coming actor Columbus Short (Accepted, Stomp The Yard, Quarantine) has signed on to play Roger Murtaugh's 20 year old son...

 

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LETHAL WEAPON 5

 

The reason I'm looking forward to this [despite the over-use of the characters after Lethal Weapon 2] is Mel Gibson's comeback to acting.

 

Edge of Darkness is said to have an Oscar caliber script, so I know Mel is being VERY selective with his acting projects.

 

As long as Riggs and Murtaugh get nasty and don't focus the entire movie on pointless family bullshit (Lethal Weapon 4), it can work.

 

-TL

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If they really do go dark with this one, i think it could live up to the first. While i loved all of them, i always felt that in the third, Riggs should have been even further down the spiral than in the first.

 

SPOILERS--In LW2, after finding out the real nature of his wife's death, then losing Rika (who i would assume was the first woman he had been with since losing Victoria Lynn) at the hands of the same man, that scene where he's walking the beach carrying her body tears me up. i had always looked forward to LW3 being more depressing--Riggs back on the bottle, even more burned out than in 1. That made sense to me.

 

While LW3 was a fun ride, it didn't really follow what i felt should have been the logical character arc. At best, he should have been almost terrified to be with Lorna, out of fear that every woman he loves dies.

 

Just my opinion.

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If they really do go dark with this one, i think it could live up to the first. While i loved all of them, i always felt that in the third, Riggs should have been even further down the spiral than in the first.

 

SPOILERS--In LW2, after finding out the real nature of his wife's death, then losing Rika (who i would assume was the first woman he had been with since losing Victoria Lynn) at the hands of the same man, that scene where he's walking the beach carrying her body tears me up. i had always looked forward to LW3 being more depressing--Riggs back on the bottle, even more burned out than in 1. That made sense to me.

 

While LW3 was a fun ride, it didn't really follow what i felt should have been the logical character arc. At best, he should have been almost terrified to be with Lorna, out of fear that every woman he loves dies.

 

Just my opinion.

 

AWESOME thoughts Parker.

 

The concept of Lethal Weapon 2 was PERFECT as a follow up to the first film.

 

In the first film, we are introduced to this man on a quest to die, this man who killed for The Army more outta sport than duty, this man on fire.

 

Fast forward to that same man somehow finding a reason to live, to endure, and making that reason his fear of breaking the cycle.

 

"Routine" saved his life, and Murtaugh re-enforced that salvation by showing him "routine" was an honorable reason to exist.

 

So we come to Part 2, and order is destroyed through the revelation of the man who started it all.

 

The man who killed Martin Riggs by killing his wife.

 

It really is a great story arc, that unfortunately got caught up in BULLSHIT Joe Pesci (at his worst).

 

Its still a great film in the end and I don't blame Joe because he shot it before he did GOODFELLAS.

 

*I'm mad at Joe for doing 3 and 4.

 

Really mad.

 

-TL

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i really like your points about 'routine', TL. Absolutely loved the scene in 1 where they go back to Murtaugh's for dinner--Riggs looked so uncomfortable when Rog and Trish are joking around with each other, really beautiful rapport that a couple develops; then Riggs' eyes light up when Murtaugh offers him a drink. That to me is almost the most perfect moment to define the character.

 

i don't blame Pesci for doing any of them (i have heard rumors that Leo was added as an afterthought to part 3--notice how he doesn't really serve any purpose to the story, outside of laughs). You're absolutely right, 2 made perfect sense as a follow-up to the end of 1. Then they blew it.

 

i've been in touch with some of the creative team i worked with on another project, we are developing kind of a Lethal Weapon Episode 1 (no Jar-Jar, i promise). It will be a low-budget indie project, and obviously the character names and some of the plot details will have to be changed due to copyright issues, but i really think the core of the story is strong enough to be told effectively.

 

i'd welcome any input, thoughts, etc...

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What bothers me is that I guarantee this film will end up PG-13.

 

I think I'll like the film either way just because it's going to bring Gibson back to film and the team of Murtaugh and Riggs together again. Rumor of the story is that Riggs is on the verge of retirement and wants to bring Murtaugh out of retirement to crack one last case.

 

I wonder if Pesci, Russo, Rock, and the rest of the fam and friends come back? They probably should.

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Well, it's for the best I think.

I'd much rather see Gibson return to Mad Max.

LW is pretty played out.

I'm sure that a good film could be made but it would HAVE to go back to basics.

Ditch Pesci, Chris Rock (Christ), Russo, et-all.

Do a fucking Casino Royale treatment to it and it would stand a good chance of being worth the dough to see it.

 

I hate those talkback threads at the ends of these articles (comingsoon.net).

I can't help but read them but they almost ALWAYS infuriate me.

Some dumb fuck mentions that Gibson sucks as a director . . . Huh?

I know it must be very difficult to live life as a dumbass, gypsy-dildo moron, but having this disability is no excuse.

I wish talkbacks and forums were equipped with a high-powered dipshit filter.

Then I could find serenity.

 

- TB

 

 

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I think Mel Gibson is one of the few people to have mastered both acting and directing.

 

He shoulda won his second Best Director Oscar for The Passion of The Christ.

 

Apocalypto shoulda been Best Picture of 2006.

 

Edge of Darkness will probably display Oscar worthy acting from Mel.

 

I'm scared of Gibson's directorial power.

 

TERRIFIED.

 

Here's a man that took on two projects where he couldn't access regular American actors, and had to go after people who didn't speak english and had no experience with big budget productions.

 

He made both of those films work.

 

These were ridiculously difficult movies to make because of his commitment to the accuracy of the material.

 

Proper languages, proper locations, actors that actually look the part...

 

The man scares me.

 

-TL

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I think Mel Gibson is one of the few people to have mastered both acting and directing.

 

He shoulda won his second Best Director Oscar for The Passion of The Christ.

 

 

-TL

 

 

I agree with you on that 100%. I still can't believe that he was not even nominated. A lot of people bitched about it having sub-titles. Even if I did not know the story already, anyone could have sat through the film and got it based on the films direction. Everything in that film is conveyed through Gibson's compleate control over the imagery and the performances he got out of the actors. This is masterful direction at it's best.

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