Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as wooden Russian action hero and I love the introduction to film, but James Belushi and the movie's forced humor ruin the film for me. What is funny is that the film try to make fun out of Russians and instead the Americans come out as racist idiots. A laughable (in a bad way) villain though and the supporting cast is boring except for Gina Gershon's beautiful aerobic moving ass.
(...)Während seiner ganzen Karriere gelang es Schwarzenegger, in harten Situationen diese Prise Humor zu finden. Genauso davon lebt sein Spiel! Was mir so gut gefiel als ich den Film damals im Kino sah, war die Tatsache, dass Schwarzenegger mitten im kalten Krieg einen menschlichen russischen Bullen spielt. Einen Sympathieträger.(...)
A fun and action packed 80´s flick with bad accents, overblown shootouts and fights and a whole lot of fun. The chemistry between Schwarzenegger end Belushi is quite good and Ed O´Ross is perfect a the slimy bad guy. Walter Hill might not be a director known for his subtle touch (rather like a clenched fist through a brick wall) but he works the clichéd and blocky script well and gives us a lean and mean movie.