Red Heat (1988)
Raw, gritty, old, eighties action! There's nothing quite like it. Everything from the soundtrack to the scenes. From the sights to the fights. From the action to the acting. You gotta love it.
The story is that of a Russian policeman (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who chases down a bad guy (Ed O'Ross) all the way to the US, where he's forced to partner with an American cop (Jim Belushi) and capture (or kill) the bad guys... and what a hunt it becomes. I mean it's not all awesome, but it's gritty; typical of the times. It's both intense and fun to follow.
Prepare for a lot of clashes between Russian and American especially, Arnold's bad accent (that still holds surprisingly well sometimes), a steamy sauna scene with adjoined snow fight, chicken with buses and plenty of red, raw, action.
Laurence Fishburne has a small part too, as a character interestingly named partially after himself.
I keep confusing this movie with Raw Deal, but watching the two of them back to back now hopefully I'll be able to tell them apart in the future. Out of the two this definitely has the better soundtrack, and the bigger eighties action vibe - typical cop/cop and robbers movie as it is - though the plot's not all too simple. It deals with not just the chase after the one deceptive fugitive mastermind but with the opening drug trade between US and the USSR too. Plenty of people seem to be interested.
The script's solid, the humor's rough and reliable, and Arnold and Ed a so good duo you sometimes can't really tell who's the sidekick. Though the humor's always there the intensity won't let you down either. It's gritty. It's the city. It's a pity... they don't make movies like this any more.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle