Rocky IV Reviews
and dont make me talk about the robot or that rocky ends the cold war
Series veteran Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) comes out of retirement to take on the Soviet (played by Dolph Lundgren) in a typically camp US exhibition fight. Drago uses his powers to the max. and kills Creed in the process.
Heavyweight champion and Creed friend Rocky Balboa must take on Drago in an unsanctioned fight in the USSR on Dec. 25th! Balboa faces the arctic Russian conditions to train for the bout in Moscow in front of a partisan crowed and members of the Soviet politburo!
The training scenes are great but the final fight is a farce! The sound effects of each punch are worse than WWE. Balboa takes so much punishment from Drago throughout the fight he would be dead in reality.
Anyway as the fight wears on the partisan Moscow crowd start to warm to Balboa much to the annoyance of the Soviet high command. Drago becomes frustrated as Balboa starts to make some impact on the fight cutting Drago in the process and refusing to be defeated. Eventually Balboa somehow knocks Drago out and wins the fight.
In his victory address which is really corny and typically American, Balboa (Stallone) tells the crowd that they have changed, he has changed, everybody can change!
Some issues that annoyed me on watching the film. Why is Balboa's brother in law Pauley (Young) allowed to sit at press conferences and in the corner team. He is a useless peripheral character.
Creeds old trainer Duke doesnt age throughout the series including Rocky Balboa.
When watching the end credits it is revealed that the Russia scenes in reality were filmed in snowy British Columbia, Canada.
The film is relatively short for an action film so is a good time waster if you're bored. Not a bad entry. Certainly better than Rocky V. Stallone should have ended the series on a high here.
The soundtrack is excellent and has some excellent energized anthems throughout.
As a result of this strange storytelling choice, Rocky IV completely lacks the one thing that defines the franchise: the character moments and growth of the protagonist. This is the first time Rocky has really gone nowhere as a character. In the past, he's dealt with overcoming the odds and living up to his personal goals, living in a world he wasn't truly prepared for, and having to find his passion when it's lost, but despite a major plot point at the film's midpoint, Rocky IV lacks a similar theme. His only goal here is to defeat another seemingly unbeatable heavyweight opponent, and that's disappointing. If there's one thing that keeps this from being a complete flop for the series, it's the thing the series has always handled well: the final fight. Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago makes for a compelling opponent for Balboa, and seeing him endure round after round has that Rocky spirit that the rest of the film lacks.
BUT, I do think this is a much better film than III. Drago says barely anything, but is a million times more intimidating than frickin Clubber Lang (those feather earrings -_-). "If he dies - he dies" and "I must break you" are among the most bad ass lines ever uttered on screen.
And when he kills Apollo Creed, arguably the best actor in this series, I was genuinely affected - especially having already seen the incredible 2015 Creed film.
So f*ck it - Rocky IV is dumb fun, and - in my opinion - only the third worst in the series.