Now if Kamen, Clapton and Sanborn had decided to phone this film score in, that wouldn’t have bothered me because I have loved the music they have created for the “Lethal Weapon” series up to this last sequel in the series. But listening to the “Lethal Weapon 4” score in its entirety proves that they were not about to rest on their laurels. Many familiar themes are back, but they are given a slightly different slant for this movie, and a number of new themes are created for the Jet Li’s character and Detective Lee Butters (played by Chris Rock) who are introduced to the series this time out.
While I miss tracks like “We’re Leaving” and “Armoured Car Chase” on previous “Lethal Weapon” soundtracks, “Lethal Weapon 4” contains a number of excellent tracks like “Freighter,” “Chinatown Chase” and “Freeway Chase” to name a few. Kamen and company still know how to create a film score that balances out the comedic and action-packed moments with great effect. Listening to this score makes me miss Kamen, who passed away in 2003, all the more. In retrospect, I’m not sure Kamen got all the respect he deserved as a film composer while he was alive.