Action Rewind: Sly & Russell Keep Forgettable TANGO & CASH Afloat!

By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock

Tango and Cash released in 1989 & starred action juggernaut Sylvester Stallone alongside another icon of the genre in his own right, Kurt Russell . Let me just say right off the bat the fact that this film even exists is a dream flick for fans of the action movie world. I mean we got Rambo alongside Snake. It’s gotta work to some extent by default right? Right! It’s not without its issues and setbacks but this was an expectedly entertaining buddy cop movie that pairs to rival characters against each other in a scenario where they can only rely on one another to clear themselves and uncover a plot against them.

Especially early on it was Sylvester Stallone that stuck out to me the most as he sort of plays against type here as he wears glasses, is nicely dressed & generally seems to be more organized, etc but there’s a little crazy hidden in him. Kurt Russell essentially plays your “Briggs” character, as he comes off as one to go kamikaze right off the bat and just lives a more loose lifestyle. However they seem to have more in common than you think and differ in moments you wouldn’t expect them to.

Sly and Russell are a great pairing, bouncing off each other in spans of seconds to a level that you could have swore was just that easy. It is they that keep this movie as above water as it is because unfortunately besides them this film is just like pretty much any buddy cop movie that came out in the 80’s/90’s.

The baddies for me anyway were pretty forgettable & the plot was practically copy & paste from any other movie in the genre. Now I wasn’t expecting much else but watching it now it is still glaring. Besides James Hong (whose been in countless flicks of this sort) the rest of the cast wasn’t all that memorable either, even one of the babes of the era Teri Hatcher. Don’t get me wrong there are some really solid even nicely done action but I can’t say any sequence particularly stood out to me besides their prison escape which I wasn’t that into either since it’s just been done too much by this point in time and even around it’s release.

I understand the production was troubled by a variety of issues between the studio, the director, writer, etc to the point of tonal clashes even to the point of Stallone himself having to unofficially take on some duties to keep it going. It’s top notch gurus like Sly & Russell that keep it afloat, otherwise I wouldn’t really think of it again. That’s not to say it’s bad or even necessarily lackluster even, just watching it now it’s kinda needing more to stand out unless you’re massive fans of either, which I am so I still liked it, just not the classic it is for some…I know blasphemy!

Imbued with a lifelong diehard passion for film and TV, Jacob loves to share what gives him his lifeblood in the action genre. From childhood heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger, JCVD, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, and Mark Dacascos, to modern day torch bearers like Jason Statham, Gerard Butler, Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins and more, Jacob knows no bounds.

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