RELEASED 1988 RUNTIME 101 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION PETER MacDONALD SCREENPLAY SHELDON LETTICH, SYLVESTER STALLONE STARRING SYLVESTER STALLONE, RICHARD CRENNA, KURTWOOD SMITH, MARC DE JONGE, SASSON GABAI, DOUDI SHOUA, SPIROS FOCAS MUSIC JERRY GOLDSMITH
Man, I haven’t watched this movie for so long. Let’s talk about it 🙂
After the events of Rambo II John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) moves to Thailand to finally get away from his past as a soldier on the battlefield. He lives and works at a monastery and seems to have found his peace.
But one day John gets note that Colonel has been captured by the Soviets in Afghanistan and so he makes his way to the Middle East to rescue him.
I love the movie for the first half. The story and the motivation for John to go back into the battlefield make perfect sense and you feel the emotion John Rambo is going through.
However, after 1 hour the movie becomes your typical action movie with blowing up tanks, helicopters, base facilities and pretty much everything that’s in the way of Rambo. I still like it, but I wish they had stuck to their guns and kept the depth the story was moving into for the first 60 minutes.
It’s kind of frustrating because all the main and side characters and actors portraying them are really good. I think the cast overall is better and more capable of great performances than Rambo II. Even the main villain is pretty ok for a movie like this.
Whereas Rambo II felt a little bit like a B-Movie, Rambo III feels like a big Hollywood production. It has awesome set pieces and great over the top action.
Of course there are some plot holes (especially one that came out of nowhere and involves one of Rambos signature weapons) but overall I think the movie is fun if you want to watch a 80’s action flick and get excited with a Sylvester Stallone in perfect shape at the height of his career. It’s certainly one of the greatest guilty movie pleasures for me. I just love the Rambo character.
P.S.: for all the people who have played Metal Gear Solid 5, you will see where Kojima got his inspiration from 🙂