Franchise Weekend – Another 48 Hrs (1990)

Director: Walter Hill

Writer: John Fasano, Jeb Stuart, Larry Gross (Screenplay) Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill, Larry Gross, Steven E de Souza (Characters)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Kevin Tighe, Ed O’Ross, David Anthony Marshall, Andrew Divoff, Bernie Caser


Plot: Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond–this time, to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area.

Tagline – Here they go again. Only faster. And tougher.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes


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Verdict: Lacks the Humour


Story: Another 48 Hrs starts as Jack (Nolte) is desperately trying to track down the Iceman, a drug dealer roaming San Francisco, but his latest bust goes wrong leaving him up for man-slaughter charges, with only one clue, a picture of Reggie (Murphy) who is about to be released from jail who now has a bounty on his head, placed by the Iceman.

When the Iceman’s hitmen including Ganz’s brother Cherry (Divoff) come after the pair, they must reunite to bring down the deadliest drug lord in San Francisco area.


Thoughts on Another 48 Hrs


Characters – Jake Cates has continued his grizzled ways, now he has focused on capturing a drug lord known as the Iceman, but finds the Internal Affairs on his back for his reckless behaviour turning to the only person he can trust Reggie. Reggie is fresh out of jail after being framed into a longer stint, but now he is free, he finds himself being targeted by the drug lord forcing him to work with Jack once again. Cherry is the brother of Ganz who is know being paid to kill Reggie for the Iceman, he turns this into a personal vendetta against Jack too. Blake Wilson is the Internal Affairs agent that is searching for a way to put Jack in jail for his reckless behaviour.

PerformancesNick Nolte is solid in this role, he makes us feel like we are watching a man on edge too. Eddie Murphy tries to bring more energy to this performance which only leaves him not reaching the marks we know he could. Divoff makes for a good villain on the same sort of level of Remar as the next level of psychotic. The actors playing the cops are what you expect through the film.

StoryThe story does continue to build from the last film, it shows the consequences from the previous action to build a bigger world, while also falling into more of the same because we are expecting to see something bigger, but it is just odd couple team up to take down criminals. We do have the story about how the two could swap places with Jack facing criminal charges and Reggie becoming free. The final outcome of the film does see strange when you take into account of the original film too.

Action/Crime/ComedyThe action does feel bigger, we get a lot more shoot-ups and moments of chases too, the crime does feel bigger too with criminals coming from different corners of the world. The comedy is the biggest disappointment here, we have fleeting moments of humour, but nothing comes off with any true effect.

SettingsWe stay in San Francisco for the film which makes for a good choice for a crime story to take place in.

Scene of the Movie –

That Moment That Annoyed Me Lacks any strong moments of humour.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weak sequel to an enjoyable first outing, it does feel rushed and loses the humour the first one had. The crime side of the film does try to world build which is good, but we lose out with a strange ending.


Overall: Disappointing sequel that doesn’t hit the marks.




Red Heat (1988)

redDirector: Walter Hill

Writer: Harry Kleiner, Walter Hill, Troy Kennedy-Martin (Screenplay) Walter Hill (Story)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O’Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Gershon


Plot: A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.


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Verdict: Standard Crime Comedy


Story: Red Heat starts as we follow Ivan Danko (Schwarzenegger) a Russian police officer trying to crack down on the war of drugs in Russia, but when his partner is killed by Viktor Rostavili (O’Ross), Ivan must travel to America to get his on revenge. Over in America Chicago we meet cocky police officer Art Ridzik (Belushi) who is on his last warning and not helping himself.

The two have to work together to track down Viktor on the streets of Chicago as the two become the unlikely partners with very opposite personalities.

Red Heat is an action crime comedy that follows the traditions of the opposites having to work together to achieve a common goal. It isn’t the most original storyline wise but does the job to the best of its abilities. The settings are all good for Chicago being used with the reputation it has. The comedy misses in places as they don’t let Belushi free to do what he is best at.

As for the acting Schwarzenegger and Belushi do work well with each other even if the accents come of slight strange in places. The villain is pretty much generic performance and the police chief will we all know how they turn up to be the same in these films. The rest of the supporting cast is pretty generic for the genre but again nothing special.


Overall: Odd couple action crime comedy that hits in place and misses in others and just doesn’t bring the heat.




Universal Soldier (1992)

logoDirector:  Roland Emmerich

Writer: Dean Devlin (Screenplay) Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch (Story)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker, Ed O’Ross, Jerry Orbach, Leon Rippy, Tico Wells, Ralf Moeller


Plot: An elite team of soldiers has been used against terrorists where they use astounding physical capabilities to overcome them. Veronica, a reporter, follows them and discovers a part of their secret. When one of the team kills her cameraman she tries to escape. Luc, one of the soldiers begins to have flashbacks and turns sides and helps her as the remainder of the team follows to protect their secrets.


Verdict: Relaxaction Time


Story: This starts promising with the idea of elite team of soldiers who complete missions that would be too risky to send living men on. The soldiers are all fallen men bought back to life with a twist that they are programed to listen to commands without question. Things change when an idea never really got tested leaving progress in the operating system leading to two wartime enemies fighting each other one being good the other bad. Add in the reporter who will do anything for a story we get a basic action film about uncovering the truth while trying to survive an onslaught from the military. It is easy to watch and will tick all the boxes for a fun action film. (7/10)


Actor Review


Jean-Claude Van Damme: Luc the fallen hero that starts to remember what happened when he died, he understands good and bad unlike the rest of the recruits. He uses he skills to help elude capture and help Veronica uncover the truth. Good performance from Jean-Claude showing why he was great as a strong silent type with excellent fighting skills. (9/10)


Dolph Lundgren: Andrew a sergeant who snaps during war killing everyone before being put down by Luc. He is selected to be used in the program along with Luc but when things start to come back to him he starts to go back to his old way, collecting ears and killing everyone. Great villain performance and easily one of the most underrated of the 90s. (9/10)


Ally Walker: Veronica a determined reporter who will do anything for a good story, but this time she gets more than she bargained for, when she gets involved with the military program and goes on the run with Luc. Good performance helping fill in blanks and being a helpful teacher for Luc. (8/10)


Ed O’Ross: Colonel Perry the leader of the Universal Soldiers, whose job is to keep them following orders and achieving their missions. With plenty of leadership skills this very generic Colonel who wants to take more risks before research has a temper. Good standard performance here. (6/10)


Director Review: Roland Emmerich – Good direction to create the fun action film which is now what he is known for. (8/10)


Action: When the action happens it is great long battles, long fight, plenty of explosions and tons of bullets used. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Good look at what the military could be up to. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting offers a chance to have fun watching how Luc gets out and learns the ways of the world again. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the action films out there, you will love this one and it offers everything you want in an action film. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Motel battle

Worst Part: Generic support characters.

Action Scene Of The Film: Prison bus chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Became a franchise

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $36 Million

Budget: $23 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Robots runs amok


Overall: Classic Action Film

Rating 81