Rambo III Reviews
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
Rambo II changed the entire lore of the character, and in Rambo III, we see the myth in action... Very cool
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.