A Week In Film #582: New year new you

Red Heat title screen
Red Heat
So much less than it should be – mis-matched cops (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi) from either side of the Iron Curtain team up in Chicago to pursue a psycho Georgian gangster (Ed O’Ross) intent on setting up a major drug buy.

Written and directed by Walter Hill, after the prologue – with its weird but iconic scenes of a naked Arnie fist-fighting bad guys in the snow, and then snapping off the hollow leg of a coke mule during a raid – it is surprisingly perfunctory. Schwarzenegger and Belushi never quite gel, there’s lots of pointless traipsing back and forwards to the same locations, and the big action scenes are never really very exciting.

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