Rapid Review: Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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“Since I met Riggs, I’ve had my house destroyed, my car wrecked, and now my boat sunk. What’s left?”
– Roger Murtaugh

SYNOPSIS: With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7I had a good time with this one. I thought it was a really cool way to bring them all together, to let us know that they are, indeed, getting too old for this shit, while never actually having any of this be annoying as hell. The fact that they addressed these things was awesome, and I am a huge fan of the way that the cast was kept consistent from the first movie all the way through to the end. That is something rare for ongoing film franchises. It’s the little things like that that can really make some things fantastic. Anyway, Murtaugh and Riggs are back in action, and naturally, wrong place, wrong time gives them their latest case, what with a lot of people being smuggled into the country. Riggs is adjusting to life with a pregnant Lorna, and Murtaugh needs to deal with the fact that Rianne is pregnant and unmarried. Chris Rock is brought in in this movie, and I was not his greatest fan, though him and Leo together did give me quite the giggle. Jet Li performed some pretty awesome martial arts, so it was something to see someone stand up against Riggs, who has never really had competition in that field, except maybe from Lorna. Danny Glover and Mel Gibson share more of that awesome chemistry, and you can really buy into them being these really tight cops with family-like bonds. Plus, Murtaugh and all his money was something that really had me giggling when the truth finally came out. Really, well done. This movie had more plot than the last one, though not an awful lot more. Whatever the case, it is far more memorable. I had a really great time watching these movies again – pure, simple entertainment. Overall, flaws and all, Lethal Weapon 4 was fun, more of the same formula that works, and quite a nice way to close off the franchise, despite what many have to say about it.

Rapid Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

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“What if my problem wasn’t that I don’t understand people but that I don’t like them?”
– Lou Bloom

SYNOPSIS: NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8I was so stoked about finally getting to see this. I have been itching for it and reading spans of rave reviews, and I think Jake Gyllenhaal is awesome and can certainly carry a film, so Nightcrawler was totally bound to be my scene. I thought it was a really good character study. Lou Bloom was one seriously reprehensible toolbag, and had absolutely no endearing qualities to him. The story progresses slowly, but knows exactly where it is going, so every scene has a part to play in what is to happen, as well as his character development. Gyllenhaal’s performance was absolutely amazing, and he (scarily) made Lou Bloom his own. The rest of the supporting cast was great, they all brought their parts to the table and drew you in. As I said, this is a slow burn that catches, though you sort of still expect some more action and what not to come up later on. The camera work was really good, and the pacing was decent, too. Nightcrawler looked lovely, and kept you wondering all the way through. It is like you know what he is bound to start doing, because morals don’t mean much to him, yet it is still a thrill to see how Lou starts changing the game. I liked Rick’s character, and while I wish he got more screen time, I knew that this movie was Gyllenhaal’s show. He plays an awful character and carries the movie, and you listen to him, though you don’t necessarily side with him or agree with him – his portrayal rivets you and disgusts you. Listening to his frame of mind, either with his insane discussions with himself or his creepy discussions with those around him give you a look into a real polluted and different mind – a mind with no qualms. Nightcrawler certainly has a lot going for it, and it is an interesting movie to check out, no doubt.