Rambo III (1988)
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The third entry in the ultra-macho Rambo action movie series finds muscle-bound warrior John Rambo (co-writer and star Sylvester Stallone) refusing a request from his former Vietnam superior, Green Beret Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna). Trautman is to lead a mission to aid the mujahedeen rebels fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns his friend down. When the mission goes awry and Trautman is subsequently captured and tortured within a prison fortress, Rambo
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Always at ground zero in the chaos is Rambo -- gloriously, inhumanly impervious to fear and danger -- whose character is inhabited by Stallone with messianic intensity.
Mr. Stallone has by now made Rambo parody-proof, since the character is every bit as laughable as he is grandiose; that's part of the fun.
Rambo may, in fact, have outlived his usefulness. His moment may have passed.
Stallone scripts the wall-to-wall explosions too haphazardly and unimaginatively.
Engages the plight of the Mujahideen with a humanizing, doc-like approach (fascinating to witness, all these years later, when the ally/enemy tables have turned so drastically).
Lacking the overall mojo of the first two
...an entertaining, sporadically electrifying piece of work that makes up in thrills what it lacks in relevance.
Strays slightly from the formula and therefore loses some of its mindless fun credentials.
It's a very bad film, but now has an interesting element when viewed in retrospect -- Rambo goes to Afghanistan to fight with the Mujaheddin against the Soviets.
Real-life events have rendered this third Rambo adventure the most dated of the series. Still, though, it remains an exciting piece of hardcore action.
At least it helped inspire "Hot Shots Part Deux"
It's just the same crap.
Not any worse than the second, but I still say this series should have ended with the first.
Forget it, still another example of an unnecessary sequel.
More of the same...but boy it's cool!
The film seems to drop the sinister shroud of the other Rambos--it's lighter, campier; it leaves you pumped-up but unhostile.
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- Masoud: Somewhere in war, there is supposed to be honor.
- Hamid: What's that?
- John Rambo: It's blue light.
- Hamid: What does it do?
- John Rambo: It turns blue.
- Colonel Zaysen: Drop your weapons! Now! You have no chance of escape! Come forward! I wish to take you back alive! This is your last warning! The choice is yours!
- Col. Trautman: What do you say John?
- John Rambo: Fuck 'em!
- Moussa: You do not look like men Griggs sent before. You not look like you are with military.
- John Rambo: I'm not.
- Moussa: What you are? Mercenary?
- John Rambo: No.
- Moussa: You're not with military, not mercenary - what you are? Lost tourist?
- John Rambo: I'm no tourist.
- Colonel Zaysen: Who are you?
- John Rambo: Your worst nightmare.
- Col. Trautman: What do we do?
- John Rambo: Well, surrounding them's out of the question...
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