Audiences loved Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) so much in 1987's Lethal Weapon that a sequel was shot and in theaters a mere two years later. Like all good follow-ups, Lethal Weapon 2 gives you everything you loved about the original -- and multiplies it by ten. The action is bigger, the body count is higher, and the one-liners in Shane Black's script come fast and furious -- making it not only a great sequel, but an even better summer blockbuster. In fact, I'd argue that Lethal Weapon 2 nails the summer action movie formula perfectly -- it gives audiences some laughs, loads of over-the-top action, and it even works in some obvious social commentary (apartheid is bad!) so the audience feels smart when they walk back out into the baking sun.
Richard Donner's follow-up to the first film finds Murtaugh and Riggs on the trail of South African diplomats who are hiding behind their diplomatic immunity in order to commit crimes without fear of being arrested. They get so brazen that they start killing off cops as a warning when Riggs and Murtaugh start to become more than a mere annoyance. Things get very personal when they attempt to assassinate Murtaugh -- by wiring a bomb to his toilet -- in one of the film's most memorable sequences.
After the jump, "It's your ass, Cochise ... "