It’s hard to avoid feeling that the film would have worked better with Danko flying solo. Belushi’s investment into Ridzik isn’t particularly deep; the rubber-cheeked wiseguy drew me further out of Red Heat as a story, and closer to Red Heat as an archetypal ‘80s buddy comedy. That said, the hints of racism and danger that charged Murphy and Nolte’s frenemies in 48 Hrs. finds no analogue in the matchup of Belushi’s schlub and Schwarzenegger’s ramrod straightman.
June 14, 2013