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Rambo III is the third film to feature John Rambo played by Sylvester Stallone, this is the last of the Rambo films filmed in the eighties before it was revived in 2008.
The first time we met Rambo is in the brilliant first blood which explores the demons left in soldiers minds after returning home from Vietnam, not as heroes but almost as pariahs. The Rambo we meet there is a loner, confused and demented, this is the best of the three initial films and gives us a genuine ride through the issues faced by Vietnam War veterans. Rambo I and Rambo III take the ultimate fighting force which is Rambo and place him in foreign fields fighting the enemies of the United States, so in Rambo we have the Vietnamese and in Rambo III we have the Russians.
Rambo III (I've always wondered why they named the film Rambo III, yes there is first blood, then Rambo but why not call it something else other than Rambo III when it's obvious there isn't a film called Rambo II?) is set in Afghanistan after a short prelude in Thailand. We first meet Rambo setting himself for a stick fighting match in a hut in Thailand, in truth this is just a chance for Sly to show off his impressive body. In fact, in this film Sly is at his best in terms of physical athleticism and looks in great shape.
The film is really about Afghanistan, Rambo's old commander Colonel Trautmann asks Rambo for his help in helping the Afghans fighting the Russian invaders of their land. Rambo turns him down but on the way into Afghanistan Trautmann is captured by the Russians, he is tortured into giving away details about the whereabouts of the Afghan forces. Rambo comes to the rescue and travels into the hills of Afghanistan, meeting the Mujahideen, winning them over and getting them to help him rescue his old commander.
The film firmly casts the Russians as the bad guys and the Afghans as noble freedom fighters, endlessly fighting foreign invaders who keep raping their land. How times have changed? It seems almost ironic to place the Afghans as friends of the United States, as being noble and honest and the Russians as greedy and evil. Are they previewing themselves in 15 years time? Who knows but it does seem strange watching the film casting the Afghans as being good guys, I kept expecting Rambo to bump into a young man with a prototype beard called Osama but that's being flippant about a very serious issue.
So back to the film, this like Rambo is a film with a huge amount of death and destruction, as with Rambo we have a military superior force against a more Victorian fighting force so here we have attack helicopters against cavalry forces and machine guns against rifles. Of course with Rambo's help the more primitive forces win through, this is after Rambo shows his worth and gets the Afghans on his side after showing he is noble and a decent sort.
This film gives the viewer plenty of death, destruction, Rambo running against a back drop of fire and flame and of course a chance for Rambo to kill Russians in ever more elaborate ways. That man has a way with dealing death with anything to hand and seems to have a serious knife fetish given the love he has for his huge serrated backed knife.
The film ends with Rambo once again going into the wilderness after one final monosyballic quip from John about the unfairness of war. Sly does act a little more in this film and his rather limited acting abilities have been stretched a little compared with the earlier films, through him we start to get an idea about Rambo's past and why he is so disillusioned with fighting and war.
By now, even though this is only the third sequel, the Rambo series is starting to wear a bit thin at this point.
Rambo goes to war to rescue his Captain played by Richard Crenna.
This mission is the most personal of all Rambo's adventures but this movies comes off looking like a re-hash of the second film.
There is nothing original about it - there are more explosions, a main villain, more shootings, more of Rambo running around etc.
What didn't help this film was that, like Rocky IV, it's script centres around the USA vs USSR and also like Rocky IV, I didn't like the fact that the Russians were portrayed to be the bad guys and the Americans the good guys.
This still goes on today in many American tv shows and films, not just with Russians but other races.
The characters are cardboard, nobody is particularly memorable.
Even Stallone is average in this one.
Richard Crenna is probably the best of the bunch with his performance.
This film is a great example of a sequel just "going through the motions" to rake in more cash.
It's not a terribly bad film but it is distinctly average.
See it if you wish but don't buy it.
Or better yet, skip this and move on to the 2008 Rambo.
The second Rambo, as brainless as it was, at least had some sort of noble intention behind it - Rambo was sent to Vietnam and ended up saving some American prisoners of war that had been left behind. In the third instalment, though, the formula is incredibly well worn, with Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) now living a mostly modest life in Thailand, helping out the local villagers, and also occasionally taking part in organised fights for a little extra money. Soon enough, though, this tranquilty is usurped by Colonel Samuel Trautman (Richard Crenna), who tells Rambo of a mission in Afghanistan on which he requires his help. Rambo refuses, and Trautman ends up held hostage by the Soviets (curious timing considering public opinion of the Soviets was changing just as the film was released). Rambo teams up with the Afghanis to fight off the Soviets, resulting in a wealth of carnage, as per usual.
It has lots of carnage and big guns and exploding bodies (one instance of which is a rather hilarious overkill), but again, there's not much heart or brain here at all.
Much like the second instalment, it's just another pointless sequel that does deliver the requisite action, but presents little in way of character development or smarts. It is a real curiosity in retrospect, given its pro-Afghan tangent, but this is brainless carnage lacking in affect.
While still a million miles behind First Blood, Rambo III is at least a lot more entertaining in its "Over-the-topness" than its predecessor Rambo: First Blood Part II, and doesn't take itself quite so seriously.
As the chapter opens, we find John (Rambo) living in Bangkok, and participating in martial arts (stick fighting) contests for money. Colonial Trautman has travelled halfway around the world to see his favourite soldier and ask for his help in taking out those bastard Russians once again, who this time have been bullying the people of Afghanistan. At first, Rambo refuses, but after hearing later that Trautman has been captured he soon realises that he has no choice in the matter.
Rambo's venture into hostile territory this time is so much more exhilarating than it was in First Blood Part II. Instead of dull shootouts, there are some great individual hand-to-hand combats, and various moments of gallant Afghans on horses defending themselves against Soviet air strikes, to name just a couple. Personally, my favourite scene though has to be the point in the film where Rambo stealth's behind enemy lines, in an attempt to break out Trautman; it's terrifyingly engaging viewing, and showcases the ex-Green Beret's commitment as a freedom fighter.
Of course there's still the mindless action that seems to be a trademark of Rambo these days. A majority of this comes after Trautman has been busted out of prison, with Rambo deeming it necessary to throw in a bad joke after every run-in with the Russians. Particularly, in what I call the "Cave of Bad Humour", John stalks his enemies in trademark fashion, with the jokes coming thick and fast. Trautman asks how he is after a close encounter with an explosion; Rambo replies "Well done." Yes it's bad humour, but all in all the film is good fun to watch.
As with First Blood: Part II, the politics are still ludicrous- the film is dedicated to "The Gallant People of Afghanistan". At least this time though I could see past it, in the sense that Rambo satirizes everything he touches; this makes more of a statement about himself as an individual, rather than being overly-patriotic for "Good Old America". In its climax, Rambo and Trautman are completely surrounded, and ordered to surrender by the Russians, to which an unfazed Rambo responds "Fuck 'em" before decimating everything in sight. There's just no backing down for him ever is there?
In Rambo:First Blood Part 2, Vietnam Veteran John Rambo was saved from a long stint in prison by his old commanding officer Colonel Trautmann (Richard Crenna) hauling him out of jail to go on a covert operation. Now, he has been captured in Afghanistan, and Rambo is the only one who has a chance to rescue him. Sent over to the war torn country, Rambo must use all his military wiles and experience if he is to make it out alive with his former C/O.
Rambo III is one of those films I'm not sure if I liked or not. In terms of originality stakes and the power of a true, raw film, the first Rambo film will win hands down each time, but there is something carefree and gung-ho about Rambo III that I really liked. It was almost like watching a film the sole purpose of which was to create more chances for a bloodthirsty ex-soldier like Rambo to be violent.
And violent it is, racking up quite a number of deaths as he travels to Afghanistan to make a loud and violent political statement. Sly is darker and moodier in this film than even in the other Rambo films, and his physique and mullet are to be admired. Stallone was in the middle of filming five Rocky films and three Rambo films all within the space of 14 years, with a lot of others films interspersed between them, and he is in top condition here and in the other films.
The acting doesn't want for much, which is just as well because you don't really get much. The political statement about the conflict in Afghanistan, more towards the beginning of the 1980s than at the end, is loud and clear, and Rambo holds no prisoners as he manages to stretch around the country, seemingly indestructible.
The film is a recommended one from me, but it's worth watching as part of the original trilogy, tagging the more recent Rambo IV onto the end for good measure. The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk, but currently at its full price of £12.99, so it's probably worth having a look around for a cheaper copy. The DVD I have doesn't have any extras.
Controversy about animal cruelty aside, Rambo III is actually quite a good film. It was never going to win any Oscars but is good mindless fun with lots of killing people and blood and violence (to the extent that the body count is larger than the first two films combined and then some...) Sylvester Stallone is back as John Rambo in this third outing (and what we always considered would be the last but then we were all surprised with the appearance of a fourth movie this year). Rambo is building a temple and gets asked by an old friend to join up in a mission to go to Afghanistan to "blaah blaah blaah blaah blaah... let's just get to the explosions"... sorry got carried away. His friend gets captured during the mission by the soviets (those pesky soviets) and Rambo sets about trying to rescue him, whilst killing lots of people. But let's face it if you hadn't been wanting to see people die then you wouldn't watch a film about war. Would you? Shame on you? It is a good film. Suspend belief and just enjoy it. If you want realism or people just talking over coffee then this is not the film for you.
Take an awful idea then cast a really bad actor who can't talk. And you have Rambo III. Even the title is wrong. We had First Blood and First Blood Part 2. So this is First Blood Part 3. NOT Rambo 3. Not unless they changed the titles of the previous 2 films and never told anyone.
Anyway, now that small rant is over lets talk about sex. Well, I wish I could but I've got to review this pile of rubbish first. We start by catching up with Rambo in Thailand and he's earning some money taking part in Mu Tai Stick Fighting. So he's a hustler. But he never keeps his winnings, he gives it to the monks because he's living and helping out at a Buddist temple as an odd job man.
He's approached by Colonel Trautman and Curtwood Smith to go on a mission to Afghanistan to help some local rebels fight the Russians. He refuses and Trautman goes alone and gets end up getting captured which means Rambo has to go and rescue him all on his own.
The Afghan village is attacked by the Russians in helicopters (for seemingly no reason) and they decide to leave and one man decides to help Rambo. Also an annoying young boy who is told in no uncertain terms NOT to come with them.
Of course he disobeys and gets them (and himself) injured and Rambo sends his guide and the boy away. Of course he rescues Trautman and some locals also held in the same prison. Steals a helicopter and we're suddenly stealing wholesale from First Blood Part 2. Escaping in a helicopter. Destroying an enemy helicopter and crashing.
Then Rambo kills what seems like hundreds of Russian commando's and he and Trautman only have to walk across an empty plain to freedom until half the Russian Army turn up AND an attack helicopter taken again from First Blood Part 2.
Of course the Afghans turn up and help Rambo who finally kills the Russian Commander in his helicopter using a tank he captured. Weak film and even weaker ending.
Director: Peter MacDonald
Producers: Buzz Feitshans
Mario Kasser and Andrew G. Vajna
Writers: David Morrel, Sheldon Lettich and Sylvester Stallone.
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc De Jonge, Sasson Gabai and Kurtwood Smith.
This third in the sequels was released in 1985 and hoped to be as big a hit as the others.
'The first was for himself...the second for his country...this time is for his friend'
John Rambo, (played by Sylvester Stallone), is living in Thailand and earning money as a 'prize fighter', when he hears that his long time friend, Colonel Trautman (played by Richard Crenna) has been captured in Afghanistan by Soviet troops.
His guilt kicks in, as Rambo refused to help Trautman on the mission, and he decides to go into Afghanistan to rescue his friend.
Once in the dessert the action really starts as we see Rambo being helped by the freedom fighters, hiding in there tents, under constant threat from the heavily armed Russian army.
Rambo 3 is a slight improvement on the previous Rambo but again falls short of entertainment compared to Rambo...first blood.
However, the story line is well written and the acting has improved considerably since the previous Rambo, but with questionable stunts and some shoddy death scenes this movie still has it's unintentional funny bits.
The scenes in the desert are a little drawn out but when the metal bird from the sky makes an appearance the action really takes off.
With rescue attempts and gun fight after gun fight this film rolls through until the predictable end but is still worth watching.
There is a bit of an over the top ending but it doesn't really spoil the film due to it's almost believability.
Sadly, as stated earlier, the ending is predictable and one man against an entire army is a bit too far fetched, even if it is Rambo.
I did enjoy watching this one, more than I thought I would after sitting through the tedium of Rambo part 2. I enjoyed the action and at one point almost thought the acting was brilliant, but it still wasn't as good as the very first Rambo film.
Would I recommend it...?
For the action and adventure then I would say yes...sit back and enjoy the movie..
But not if you don't like to watch people getting slaughtered by heavily armed Russians as there are over 100 kill sin this Rambo alone, with almost that many explosions
Hello there and welcome to the review of Rambo III.
For me being a teenager when the Rambo films were released at the cinema, I looked upon what had now become a trilogy of films as entertainment of a new era. The era of the action hero was upon us and they were cashing in on everything from action figures to a global restaurant chain.
At the beginning of the film Rambo is tracked down to Thailand, Colonel Trautman meets with Rambo and asks if Rambo wants to join him on a secret mission that is leaving to go behind enemy lines. Rambo turns the offer down. When the Team headed up by Trautman is captured by the Russians Rambo decides that he owes this to his friend and goes into Afghanistan on a rescue mission. As the adventure continues he makes friends with a local Afghan tribe and also takes on the ruthless Russian Commander who has tortured Trautman.
With a film that starts off with Rambo participating in an illegal Bangkok stick fighting contest, you can tell that this film will be heavy on the action.
It is interesting to note that after the end of First Blood Part II when Rambo walked off into the jungle after completing his mission that he is now living and working with Buddhist monks in a monastery in Thailand. For such a violent persona that Rambo has, this seemed to be the perfect blend as it is a place where he cannot show his trained abilities and means that he can find the inner peace he has been searching for, something that is shown in the first two films.
Also we see a more human person portrayed by Sylvester Stallone than what we have done in the past, evident when a child follows him into the Russian compound. There is also a fair bit of dry humour as well, which really does assist in lightening what could have been potentially been a very heavy political statement. My favourite scene in the film is where Rambo performs what can only be described as DIY surgery involving gun powder from a rifle round to seal a wound. This is kind of the same thing that was done in First Blood but this is on a highly more graphic scale. It is also convincing with the agonising scream that Rambo manages to hold in when performing this really does raise the hairs on the back of your neck as you see the character writhing in pain but not in a position to make any noise. For a film that was made nearly 20 years ago, the effects in this scene are truly mind blowing. A lot of miniature work was accomplished and it is difficult to tell where this was used to its advantage. Throughout the film there are genuine moments of tension and suspense, the Direction of the camera pans not only add to this but also seem to amplify the tension to greater levels with how the screen cuts and switchovers have been used. There are also a lot of reaction shots used as well that adds to the tension.
As you imagine the eighties was the time of the cold war, storylines at the time were rampant with Russia/ America stand off's and the film has its own speech that Trautman says when being tortured by the Russian Commander. As I said earlier the dry level of humour that is apparent in the film balances this up and does lighten certain areas. The differences in cultures are also bought into the story regarding lines describing honour and glory. This gives a good perspective; to put in an analogy what one man may call one thing is not necessarily translated to another human being in the same manner.
The acting is surprisingly of a high standard for a film that is a second sequel in a series. There are four main actors in this film, they are:
Sylvester Stallone plays John J Rambo for the third time. In this film Stallone is buff to say the least; he has a body of Greek god. Stallone turns quite a big corner here in this film and has more dialogue than previous films. He portrays Rambo as a more human person and shows humour throughout in a dry and subtle manner. You still get the impression from body language in a certain number of scenes that Rambo does not like mixing with people and as true to the character is shown as a loner. When in battle conditions it is entirely another matter as you see Rambo in action, you see that he is a brutal weapon.
The late Richard Crenna plays Colonel Trautman. Crenna has an illustrious acting career and has been in numerous films and TV series. From movies such as Marooned, and Catlow to Murder She Wrote. Even appearing in an episode of I Love Lucy. In this film he plays support to Rambo and as the audience we get an opportunity to see Trautman in a combat situation. Crenna gives a solid performance which for him as an actor is something he has always given in what ever role he plays, but in this film he appears to be asking Rambo what can be done which is weak as his character is a Colonel.
The late Marc De Jonge, a well known French actor plays Zaysen, the Russian Commander who has full control of the region and is responsible for the capture of the intrusion team that Trautman is part off. De Jonge plays the Commander in much the same way as a Bond villain, and although this could be a hindrance it actually assists in making the story move along. He comes across on screen as a counterpart of Rambo who will stop at nothing to get the desired result of what he wants.
Greek actor Spiros Focas plays the Afghan guide that Rambo follows to the Russian base, this character works on many different levels as he has the connections within the Afghan village to contact the freedom fighters. It is these soldiers that plat a vital part in the film in the end battle.
And finally Kurtwood Smith, an actor who has been in more cult films than any actor from Star Trek. He plays Griggs the American Intelligence expert. It is with Trautman that they locate Rambo at the Stick fight. It is also Griggs who has to be break the news to Rambo that Trautman is missing, and from this arranges for Rambo to enter Afghanistan on the rescue mission. He also plays a character that is underused and comes across on screen as a messenger boy for the American government in a more of a guest cameo than anything else. It is a shame as this actor can cover most areas on his own, I would have liked to have seen this character utilised more than just three scenes at the beginning of the film.
Not surprisingly because of the violence in the film it is a Certificate 18, the film is only 97 minutes in length, and is presented in Widescreen 2:35 ratio. The extras on the DVD are as follows:
Making of Rambo III
Behind the Scenes 'Scope
Behind the Scenes 'Friendship
The DVD extras are okay on the whole, but they do tend to repeat where you see the same person saying the same thing about the same issue, but in a different featurette. The trailers are good and do show some potential spoilers in the film, I suppose at the time that this is being watched you have already seen the film or know what the film is about anyway. Th rest of the documentaries vary in length entirely and can be easily watched in one sitting. The fact is that you dont really find out much at all from them and I felt that these were just another opportunity to sell the film.
If you are watching this for the first time you will see where films such as Hot Shots Part Deux got there material for spoofing. The opening scene is key to that reference and this will spoil the entertainment. The first 35 minutes is good anyway as it builds the story and gets it going at a good pace. It is the last half and the end face off that lets it down as it does become a 'by the book' action movie with a lot of screaming and swearing by the time the end credits role.
However that is not to say that the film should be bi-passed at all as this is a perfect Saturday night movie to watch; as with most action films from around this time the truth has to be suspended once in a while otherwise there would be no escapism when watching a film. This is one example of where the film can be watched and it can be watched in an enjoyable manner. I would rate this film above average in entertainment, as this is a comic book film that is hugely entertaining and now that I am older than when I first saw it, I enjoyed it even more.
You do get the impression that the producers have given the go-ahead for this film to be an all out battle, as the film goes by more and more people are being bought into the story which leads to a quite explosive climax. Although this is basically a film for the boys as you do tend to see a lot of fighting hardware such as the tanks and helicopters you do become engrossed with the story as it goes on and by the end of the film you do feel as if you have been on a roller coaster ride, mainly due to the fact of how the story has been written and how it plays out which not only adds to the escapism of the film but also has you actually feeling sorry for some characters when you are told what they have been through with regards to the story. I am not sure whether this was a statement to highlight the issues of Afghanistan or merely to inject and fuse propaganda in the screenplay itself.
The film was released just under 20 years ago and this does show as the country the main part of the story is set in is still in the news today, whether the subject matter is the same as what is was when the film was made is a whole debate on its own and something that I am not going to cover here at all. At the time of release the Russians were just departing the country and teamed with this and the fact that movie did not get positive reviews die to the fact of the story and the body count the film bombed at the cinema. This not only assisted in the beginning of the decline in these types of films becoming very un-pc, but didnt help Stallones career either as this was one of the catalysts that made Stallone rethink his career from scratch.
On television BBC3 recently showed all of three films back to back, this is possibly the best way to see them as Director Peter MacDonald has delivered a rollicking action movie that doesn't let you down. BBC1 showed these other three Friday nights aft 11.30. With Rambo IV due to be released by the end of the year, Stallone hopes that this should finish the Rambo Quadrilogy in a timely manner. Whether or not the character will be killed off at all as he is the last person alive from his regiment is unclear. Stallone is now over 60 and still playing a high velocity character such as Rambo, it does raise the question as to whether he is playing this to bring closure to the story or a test to re-ignite interest in himself as an actor or a chance to continue the Rambo story further.
Until next time... Tim.
John Rambo has big muscles, big hair and a huge knife, he’s also very angry so Commies watch out! THE STORY Rambo 3 as the title suggest is the third film in this hugely successful series started in 1982 with ‘First Blood’. In the original film we are introduced to the character of John Rambo a Vietnam veteran who on returning home find himself shunned by the society he fought for in the war. After being forced to return to front line operations to rescue some POW in Rambo 2 we now find Rambo a much more spiritual, at ease with himself figure who refuses the request by his former commander Col Trautman to lead a secret mission to help rebel Mujahadeen who are engaged in fighting against the Soviet Invasion (How things have changed!). Invariably without Rambo to lead them things go baldy wrong and Trautman is captured by the evil and sadistic Russian Col. Zayden. Trautman’s plight added to Rambo’s sense of loyalty to his former commander compels him to attempt a rescue. CAST AND OPINION Sylvester Stallone .... John J. Rambo Richard Crenna .... Colonel Samuel Trautman Marc de Jonge .... Col Zaysen Kurtwood Smith .... Robert Griggs Writers Kevin Jarre, Sylvester Stallone and James Cameron Directed by George P. Cosmatos If we go back to ‘First Blood’ we can see some merits to the story and even though by any stretch of the imagination it’s not a great film it does attempt to address some issues regarding the plight of dysfunctional Vietnam vets retuning home to an ungrateful country who would like to forget about them rather than welcoming them back. The character of Rambo is more than just an action hero and there are some emotionally charged moment sin the film. Since First Blood the tow sequels have descended in to simply portraying Rambo as not much more than a comic strip character. By Rambo 3 the story has become so two dimensional
that you could be watching a rather badly scripted computer game rather than a film. Are there any redeeming features about this misconceived spectacle? As an action film it is competently made, the stunt sequences are effectively filmed and the special effects are decent enough but these positive points are far outweighed by the senseless violence that parades as entertainment and by the end the even the special effects become over blown and repetitive. Rambo has become a superhuman figure, his vulnerability and pathos have gone and he simply serves as a tool for American might in a ill advised cold war conflict, an interesting paradox to consider is that a Vietnam vet is helping out rebels in a conflict that has been described as the Soviet Unions very own Vietnam war. The fall of communism in 1989 only a year after this film was made also serves to make the subject matter dated and with the advent of ‘Glasnost’ and better relations between Russia and the West it also make the story rather crass and out of step with the times. Don’t get me wrong normally I would have no objections to a well-made action movie. I have no objections to mindless violence and high body counts, some of my favourite action movies are Arnie films, but there is a difference between those and the latter Rambo’s, you always feel in the Arnie movies that the comic strip characters are just that and that the filmmakers tongue is very firmly in their cheeks. A comic element in the film a feeling that the filmmakers are to an extent poking fun at themselves in turn makes the acceptance of the violence and the story easier. These are not real event or real people and so just as in a comic book we can accept a level of nastiness that would otherwise seem unacceptable, however even this view is open to debate. Rambo 3 has none of these self-effacing qualities and it really does take itself far too seriously, a nasty
edge seems to have crept in to the storyline and an overtly pro-American (in it’s themes if not in the actual story) makes this film rather uncomfortable viewing. At times it simply sink to simple Commie bashing level not seen since height of cold war sensibilities in the 50’s. It seems pointless to comment on the acting performances in this film even though some good actors are involved. Richard Crenna sleepwalks through his role and Stallone who on occasion can act lets his ever increasing biceps, his huge Knife and his even bigger 80’s style Mullet hair do most of the acting for him. There isn't much more to say. This is a film that should have never been made although since it earned money at the box office the studio would say it was justified. One suspects though just like the towns’ people reaction to John Rambo in ‘First Blood’, all involved would quite like to forget all about it now. If you still want to see this then it is available on VHS (not individually on DVD as far as I know) from Amazon.co.uk for £5.99 or you can watch all three together on DVD in a special edition for £39.99 But I would suggest you get an Arnie film of maybe Die Hard instead… Thanks for reading and rating this opinion © Mauri 2003
Of course this is the third film in the Rambo series and really is the dodgiest. The story (for what its worth) centers obviously around Rambo again. He goes to Afghanistan to rescure his old Seargeant. When this film came out it had the most people being killed ever in a motion picture, and the number was extremely high. From that you can probably guess how good the film is... The acting is quite lousy, and the only reason it seems for watching this is just to see mindless violence. There are little or no production values, and nothing stands out as worthy of note.
Sylvester Stallone returns as Rambo the man with few words, but a lot of muscle. Rambo is enjoying a peaceful and serene live, he is living in a Thai Buddhist monastery, he is working as a labourer there. Well I suppose he has to put his muscle to use. One day his idyll live is shattered when he is told that Colonel Trautman has been captured by the Russians; Trautman was on a mission to train freedom fighters in Afghanistan. Reluctantly Rambo leaves the monastery to find Trautman, but the American military refuse to give Rambo any help. So it's all down to Rambo, he takes on the whole Russian army single-handed. The body count is unreal, there are a few laughs but not many, one of the best is when the Soviet Colonel Zaysen is irritated by Rambos attack on his so-called impenetrable stronghold. Zaysen says to Trautman, "Who do you think this man is? God?" Trautman replies. "No, God will have mercy. He won't". The film is sleek it features loads of action. This film went down in history as being the most expensive film made in the 90's.
And the hits just keep on coming. Sylvester Stallone, who can't seem to draw flies unless he's playing Rocky Balboa or John Rambo, went back to the Rambo well (or septic system, as it were) to show his well-known solidarity with the Afghan freedom fighters who battled the Soviet army in the 1980s. This time it's personal: his handler, Richard Crenna, is captured by the Evil Empire and so it is up to Rambo to leave his work in a monastery in Southeast Asia (no, seriously) in order to rescue him from the Ruskies. Ever wonder why the Russians had such a miserable time in Afghanistan? It was because Rambo took them on single-handed and sent them packing with hammer-and-sickle all the way back to Moscow. Cartoonish action, taken ever so seriously by Stallone, who was working desperately to scrape away the unsightly wax build up from his reputation. --Marshall FineThe Rambo trilogy is also available on DVD as a complete set.