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Rambo III Reviews

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May 30, 2019
a good film not better than the first or second but overall still a good watch
May 22, 2019
By this point it's like we're in a different franchise, the serious PTSD drama as an action thriller now giving way to a full blown Reagan era splatter cartoon, and its fucking glorious. Stallone by this point looks like a walking action figure version of himself, or like a kid drew his slightly exaggerated interpretation of Stallone and it came to life, and we even get a ludicrously overdone take on the DIY first aid, with Rambo filling an arrow wound with gun powder and setting it alight, causing a burst of flame to erupt from the other side of the wound, brilliant. Add to that glow stick bow and arrow kills and a fucking cool helicopter battle and yo have a seriously unpretentious, wonderful load of junk cinema, it's violent, hilariously sincere and fun as fuck.
May 6, 2019
More beefburger for the brain. Our favourite meathead grunts and groans as usual with lots of gunfire and explosions going on.
April 8, 2019
It's action driven. It doesn't have to be the best Rambo. 3/5
½ March 23, 2019
For an action movie and particularly a Rambo franchise, this movie was great! At least compared to the crap CGI action movies coming out today. Everything you see is real. I had to look up the film location because it looked like Afghanistan. The only corny part was the opening set-up.
October 16, 2018
I love this movie so much. Just a little bit better than the second one. But a lot better than the first one. Stallone continues to be great playing Rambo. This movie is so awesome.
July 29, 2018
Loud and obnoxious actioner but if you're watching this what did you expect!!

Made at the height of 80's excess. Everything in this movie is bigger, louder, stupid-er even Stallone's hefty perm out does his jacked up muscles!

This movie is over the top mayhem that sees Stallone take on the Russians single handed and win. If you can suspend disbelief and turn your brain off this is a fun action movie with lots of action to paper over all of its flaws!

Sidenote: the worst Rambo film and Stallone's Arnie penis envy has him serving up dreadful quips but, hey it was the 80's!
Forgivable and forgettable
½ July 6, 2018
re review the opening of the film is strong enough, Rambo is approached by his longtime friend and mentor Trautman and is asked to help him fight Russians in Afghanistan to which he declines. Considering that Rambo was betrayed by the government not once but twice in the previous 2 movies it makes sense why he would be reluctant to do so. but starting with the capture of colonel Trautman, the film really goes downhill, the film had a Guinness world record for most deaths (until Rambo 4). However Rambo who may have recovered from his post war trauma in part 2 doesn't act like Rambo. as i said he might be over the Vietnam war but there is literally no sign of his mental state. even though ironically he still has his horrible scars on his chest. but what i really don't like is that he cracks jokes and one liners like John Matrix from commando. in first blood he was a damaged hero with PTSD, now he's a stereotypical action hero who can take on an army all alone.
April 12, 2018
Much better than the second and Stallone played this character best in this film. The story was awesome. The first is still the best since it had that unique feeling to it. 4/5
½ February 25, 2018
More of the same from Stallone. If you were a fan of part 2, you'll like part 3 as well.
½ January 11, 2018
How can't you like this movie?
Rambo II changed the entire lore of the character, and in Rambo III, we see the myth in action... Very cool
½ October 1, 2017
This one is not good like the 2008 Rambo.
September 21, 2017
What's to hate? Great fun, great performance, great score, great movie!
August 20, 2017
Colonel Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) visits his old friend and ally John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in Thailand. He explains that he is putting together a mercenary team for a CIA-sponsored mission to supply anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan. Despite being shown photos of civilians suffering at the hands of the Soviet military, Rambo refuses to join, as he is tired of fighting. Trautman proceeds anyway and is ambushed by enemy forces near the border, resulting in all of his men being killed. Trautman is captured and sent to a large mountain base to be interrogated by Soviet Colonel Zaysen (Marc de Jonge) and his henchman Sergeant Kourov (Randy Raney). Embassy official Robert Griggs (Kurtwood Smith) informs Rambo of Trautman's capture but refuses to approve a rescue mission for fear of drawing the United States into the war. Aware that Trautman will die otherwise, Rambo gets permission to undertake a solo rescue on the condition that he will be disavowed in the event of capture or death. Rambo immediately flies to Peshawar, Pakistan, where he intends to convince arms dealer Mousa Ghani (Sasson Gabai) to bring him to Khost, the town closest to the Soviet base where Trautman is held captive...

Prominent critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert (of At the Movies fame) were split on Rambo III, with Siskel awarding the film "thumbs up", and Ebert declaring "thumbs down" for those expecting more out of Rambo III. Ebert did, however, give "thumbs up" to fans, saying the film was entertaining and that it "delivers the goods". The New York Times took a dim view of the film.

With "Rambo III" Sylvester Stallone made another clear political statement against the Soviet Union by supporting the Mujahideen in their fight during the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 80s. The plot is in a way getting more and more diluted the longer we get into the Rambo series and Rambo himself is becoming more and more of a Jesus figure with long flowing hair and the abilities of a superhero. A Super-Jesus if you like. With a $58-63 million budget you´d think the result would be a bit more upscale than what we get, however I do think there are moments in "Rambo III" that was clearly more well made than "Rambo - First Blood II" despite what maybe others think. But, the fact remains that "Rambo III" is a quite ridiculous violent action-cliché just ending up as a b-movie despite whatever political agenda Stallone was pushing for.

Trivia: The 1990 Guinness World Records deemed "Rambo III" the most violent film ever made, with 221 acts of violence, at least 70 explosions, and over 108 characters killed on-screen. However, the body count of the fourth film in the series, Rambo, surpassed that record, with 236 kills.
July 24, 2017
The Rambo series is at its best when it focuses on its character, Stallone has a great amount of emotional range and with the character of Rambo he can channel that into a boiling pot of emotional distress, but unfortunately the third outing is just a small combination of this and ultimately just wants to be a run of the mill action film. Not necessarily the worst move but definitely a decay in quality with a clear extent felt.
½ March 22, 2017
Not as good as the first two, but it's a movie.
March 8, 2017
not the best one but good war movie
February 20, 2017
Look, it's Rambo, you get what's on the tin. It's a long way from the credibility of the original but a far cry from the schlock of the sequel. It's somewhere in the no-mans land that exists in between.
November 29, 2016
Rambo III is definitely the second best movie of the original trilogy, with a darker tone, more practical effects and a more coherent storytelling. Still, way too cheesy to take serious.
½ November 22, 2016
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