So at the very start Comrade Arnie waltzes into a steamy sauna full of sweaty, beefed-up Soviets, socks a thug square in the eyes, throws himself and said thug head-first through a window, then the two proceed to wrestle half-naked in the snow. Do you really need to know more?
This is very similar in tone to Hill’s 48 Hrs, only the two lead roles are reversed. This time the outsider, Captain Ivan Danko (played by Arnie in his best “Russian” accent) takes charge of the situation and adopts the gruff, humourless persona of Nick Nolte, while Police Detective Art Ridzik (Jim Belushi) takes on Eddie Murphy’s role as the irritating sidekick.
Schwarzenegger is far too serious in this. There’s something not quite right about casting Arnie without giving him any ludicrous one-liners to deliver.
He does joust another guy with a bus though. That’s right, you heard me—bus jousting.