Let's move on, shall we?
The Agony Booth several years ago" file comes this halfway entertaining third entry in the franchise that put Carolco on the map. Sly is back as Rambo, this time going into Afghanistan to rescue pal Richard Crenna from from nasty Russkies. The first fifty minutes or so are pretty blah but the film does pick up in the second half and turns into an acceptably cheesy and entertaining action film. If the second film asked you leave your brain at the door to enjoy it, this one doesn't even need you to bring it in the first place!
That's not to say Red Heat is entirely without merit. Arnold and Belushi have some decent comic chemistry together (one of the few times Belushi has ever been close to being as funny as his brother); there are some fun character actors in supporting roles (Laurence Fishburne and Gina Gershon among others) and the action is acceptable. Overall though, this one is pretty dull.
Performances are good across the board as one would expect (I find it darkly amusing that pre-surgery, Rourke doesn't look much different under the make-up than he does now just in general with no makeup at all. Taking up boxing will tend to mess up the face) with Barkin and Henriksen standing out nicely as the bad guys. They're a nasty pair and Barkin goes all out with her femme fatale role, making a fairly typical character type something interesting. A little too hammy at times (though for the kind of movie this is it works) but still good. Henriksen is fine as always and the end result ends up being pretty damn good.
1988 and 1989 were decent but unexceptional years for the company with some solid films surrounded by a lot of crap. The next two years, however, would be a little different.