Red Heat (1988)


Walter Hill directs Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Belushi and Ed O’Ross in this East meets West buddy cop movie.

No ones favourite Arnie movie – this feel very much like it is going through the motions. Arnold is great in the role of the monotone Russian cop who is the Fish Out of Water in grimy Chicago (What is this? 1988?!) but essentially this is a rehash of Hill’s superior 48 Hrs. Entire scenes, plot wrinkle and characters are lifted wholesale from the better film. Belushi is given a little too much leeway and his ‘comedy’ scenes slow things down, he does the same schtick better in K-9. Having said all that… Red Heat is slickly made and would certainly be a decent excuse to crack open a six pack and order a Dominos.


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