(Review originally written at 21 February 2006)

This movie is at least as good as its predecessor, at times it even gets a better movie than the original.

Just like "Lethal Weapon" this movie is just very basic action material. It has got a standard script with basic stereotype villains and plot. But yet "Lethal Weapon 2" and all of the other Lethal Weapon movies are better than just your average action-flick. It's better because of a very simple reason; it has good Riggs and Murtaugh in it, played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. The two of them (and director Richard Donner) have a great chemistry together. A very welcome addition to the cast is Joe Pesci as Leo Getz. His character is also one of the reasons why this movie is perhaps even better than its predecessor and original.

The story is standard but it all is very well executed. There are some nicely done action sequences and some good villains, who are always important for a good action movie. Main villain of the movie is being played by Joss Ackland and he is quite unforgettable and strong in his role, even though his character is a bit underused in the movie perhaps. There are some great sequences in this movie that are close of becoming classic some day, such as the 'bomb on the toilet' sequence.

But seriously, the only reason why this movie is so great to watch is due to the chemistry Mel Gibson and Danny Glover have together. The dialog and the way they handle the situations are very realistic and fun to watch at the very same time.

It's a very basic but very well executed and fun movie, that gets two thumbs up from me.


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