1998 Certificate: 15


Maverick LA cop duo Mel Gibson and Danny Glover tangle with Hong Kong triad gangster Jet Li in the last hurrah for the all-action series. Regular director Richard Donner keeps his foot on the accelerator with another round of explosive set-pieces while Chris Rock joins comedy sidekick Joe Pesci and the boys to keep the banter at maximum velocity. This is one franchise that goes out with a bang!


  • Richard Donner


  • Mel Gibson

  • Danny Glover

  • Joe Pesci

  • Rene Russo

  • Jet Li

  • Chris Rock


You can see why Mel Gibson and Danny Glover wanted to do one more of these thrillers.

The neatly-constructed screenplay has a decent storyline about Triad killers from Hong Kong that allows room for explosive action scenes, and there's a menacing villain in Jet Li as the smiling assassin-in-chief.

Li, as befits a martial arts star, is plainly invincible in unarmed combat (although Riggs does have a good try) and must be terminated by any means available.

Gibson and Glover, as Riggs (still a maverick) and Murtaugh, enjoy more fast-talking exchanges, especially at the beginning when they take on a suited-up psycho torching everything in sight.

Action set-pieces squarely hit their target in a film that keeps its lightness of tone, despite some serious goings-on.

Laughs come courtesy of Joe Pesci, returning as marmite-y sidekick Leo, and Chris Rock as the rookie cop who's knocked up Murtaugh's daughter.