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Saturday Blockbuster: Lethal Weapon 4

Saturday February 26 at 9.30pm

Lethal Weapon 4

Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Jet Li and Chris Rock

Director: Richard Donner

The gang's all back (with a few new faces) for another round around the cop action buddy comedy track in this big budget sequel.

Series stars Mel Gibson, Danny Glover Joe Pesci and Rene Russo are joined by appeal-broadening newcomers Chris Rock (Nurse Betty) and martial arts superstar Jet Li (Once Upon a Time in China, Cradle 2 the Grave).

The plot has long-term partners Murtaugh and Riggs taking on a Chinese gangsters lead by Wah Sing Ku (Li). On the domestic front, Riggs is facing the prospect of fatherhood now that Lorna (Rene Russo) is pregnant, and Rock plays a young detective trying to win over Murtaugh, whose daughter he is secretly engaged to.

Many people questioned the necessity of a fourth film in the Lethal Weapon franchise, but there is no questioning director Richard Donner's ability to stage a thrilling action set-piece - and Lethal Weapon 4 has plenty.

The original Lethal Weapon defined the action films of the 80s and 90s with its deft mix of action, violence and comedy. It also defined the endless parade of sequels any successful movie brings about.