Mocked on release for Stallone and Stone's deliberately over-steamy suggestive dialogue ("I hear you...control your explosions...") and Rod Steiger's peculiar 'Cuban' accent, this is actually a pretty enjoyable action thriller full of 'over-the-top' scenes and stylised drama.
Set in Miami, Stone's 'May Munro' is determined to recruit Stallone's 'Ray Quick' who is a retired explosive specialist previously employed by the CIA to perform covert assassinations. May's family were killed by local big-time gangsters and she can't shake the need for vengeance. Slowly Ray is drawn in by May's advances, finally intervening when she decides to go after the bad guys personally.
Chief among the ne-er do wells is 'Tomas Leon', and Eric Roberts plays his scumbag role with relish, making him utterly snakelike and repulsive as the slick psychotic son helping his father control the Cuban Mafia in Miami. May has several targets and Tomas is at the top of the list. Unfortunately for her, their security is handled by James Woods' 'Ned Trent', a psychotic ex CIA spook who wants Ray's head for getting him thrown out of the agency.
From there the film builds its thrills from showing Ray hunting the gansters, and Ned hunting the bomber, leading to some very flashy and enjoyable action.
Woods plays his role with amusing excess and villainy, Stone is vastly over-muscled but sincere, and Stone is better than the role requires - her May's eyes flash with the pain and viciousness of a wounded animal in many scenes, and you feel for her predicament.
Yes, it's dated a little because of the very '90s action feeling, and yes, it's pantomime villainy - it's not going to win any screenwriting awards. But it's also explosive, exciting, dramatic and better than it has any right to be. Very enjoyable trash.