I like this movie. I like Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryshnikof, and they play off each other very well. There are very serious plot 'issues', and parts of it make no sense at all. However, I am so tired of critics (Both 'self styled' and professional) turning movies into "statements" about the 'human condition', or defining them as 'searing indictments of the times we live in' that I pay as much attention to their reviews as any reader should pay to this one! This is a movie. It's fun. It's fiction. It's sort of stupid. It has no message other than to make money and entertain people.
I can't remember where I first saw it, probably on some cable movie channel, but I looked for it for years till it came out on DVD. I think it is probably because I like the actors, and that I spent lots of time in the locations where it was filmed. The action is entertaining, the contrast between Hackman and Baryshnikof and the typical "James Bond" secret agent is clearly defined. These guys are basically "over the hill has beens" just trying to survive. Sort of like an end of the Cold War Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Just fun holding a weak plot together with irony and a few good laughs. I liked it. (I also repeat myself!)