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95 out of 152 people found the following review useful:

Better Than The Second But Very Uneven

Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland
6 August 2003

Believe me RAMBO FIRST BLOOD PART 2 took some swallowing but the opening ten minutes of RAMBO 3 caused me to fall out of my chair in shock . John Rambo does prize fighting to earn his keep in a Buddhist commune ! I mean that`s a bit like having a film where the hero`s an environmentalist who goes around blowing oil rigs to save the Alaskan wilderness . Oh wait a minute didn`t Steven Seagal ....

Despite this incredible and vain attempt at character development there follows much dialogue that accurately reflects what is going on in Afghanistan in the mid 1980s . The Soviet - Afghan war actually intensified when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power and by that time over one million Afghans had died in the conflict while as many as five million had been forced over the border into Iran and Pakistan as what analysts at the time called " Migratory genocide " , a euphemism that people nowadays would describe as " Ethnic cleansing " . There`s other parts of the film that points out that screenwriter Sheldon Lettich has done his homework on the conflict with factual things like Soviet conscripts defecting to the Mujahedeen , of the red army planting mines and booby traps disguised as toys to blow off the limbs of children and of the Soviets use of chemical weapons which almost certainly proves that the sloppy script of FIRST BLOOD PART 2 was mainly down to James Cameron than Stallone , but as you`d expect in this type of action adventure movie the script rapidly degenerates into a series of set pieces of an all American superman blowing up a bunch of nasty commies who can`t shoot straight . Ah well at least the main commie isn`t played by a British actor unlike in the last film . Oh and congratulations to Peter McDonald for at least trying to make a Puma helicopter look like a Soviet helicopter gunship . The previous director was under the impression that the Soviets and Viet Cong use American Hueys

Setting the record straight : A lot of people prove how ignorant they are of the Soviet - Afghan war by confusing the Mujahedeen with the Taliban . The Mujahedeen ( Translated " The soldiers of God " ) and the Taliban ( Translated " The students of God " ) are entirely seperate things . The Taliban were created in Pakistan in the early 1990s , took over Afghanistan in 1995 and were led by Mullah Omar . The Mujahedeen were split into several different groups and were led by different leaders ( None of them called Bin Laden ) most of them forming a coalition against the Taliban called the Northern Alliance in 1995/96 . Their overall leader was the legendary guerilla leader Ahmad Shah Massoud who was murdered in a suicide bombing by Al Qai`da terrorists in September 2001 . It was the Northern Alliance who fought side by side with the Western coalition during their campaign to overthrow the Taliban government in 2001 to the present day

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109 out of 180 people found the following review useful:

Ignore the idiotic critics

Author: hongpik
3 July 2006

I don't really understand what the disappointment is all about? This movie falls under the genre of action and thats what it delivers from top to bottom. Were people perhaps expecting a drama? And people can also tell me how often do you get to see the Russians and spetsnaz special forces in realistic action? Sure they were vilified, mowed down easily by Rambo, mostly missed him but as the evil villains, they were highly effective in that role. Don't get me wrong, I've nothing but admiration for the Russian military. The main villain (Russian commander) was also a freaking brilliant actor. The movie did'nt use real Russian helicopter gunships, (they used French ones modified instead) but they were still effective. All in all, this is an utterly brilliant and unique film and I give it 10 stars. Best in the Rambo series.

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46 out of 65 people found the following review useful:

Not terrible, but...

Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC
8 January 2002

With the highest budget of the three movies, the movie certainly looks expensive, with an epic scope at times. But you never quite get the feeling that the movie settles into a comfortable groove. Though the action sequences have plenty of gunshots and explosions, the way they are filmed - and edited - doesn't have the right impact or flow, like the action sequences in the second installment.

In another comparison to the second installment, the story - while as sparse as this one - certainly kept moving. Here there are a number of segments that move very slowly and/or don't seem to have much purpose. The movie should have gotten down to business. The uneven flow of the movie also suffers near the end, as if the movie all of a sudden decides it needs to wrap things up in a few minutes, making the final battle almost come out of nowhere.

(In fairness to the director, it should be pointed out that he was a sudden replacement after original director Russell Mulcahy was fired, and had only ONE DAY to prepare to helm the rest of the movie.)

Like the previous installment, there is some dumb dialogue, but this time around it's not delivered in a slight tongue-in-cheek manner. If they had been willing to show this time around that they weren't taking things so seriously, it would have helped. You might say that the actor playing the Russian commander is not playing things seriously, but he goes SO over the top that he's embarrassing.

It's watchable, but disappointing - they had the chance to make a kick-ass action movie here.

By the way, the Afghans that Rambo helps in this movie are *NOT* the Taliban. People seem to forget that Afghanistan is made up of a number of different tribes. You can tell these particular Afghans are not the Taliban, because (among other things), the women are not completely covered, and the men play the traditional Afghan game with horses and a goat's skin (forbidden by the Taliban.)

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71 out of 118 people found the following review useful:

Great comic book action!

Author: kenandraf from Honolulu, Hawaii
2 December 2001

Above average Holywood type action movie that is very under rated because it is very mis-understood.This movie is not to be taken too seriously.If one understands comic book action,that person will dig this movie.The hardware and action sequences here are very top notch.The subject matter is also a good illustration of the Afghan situation at that time.The approach of the movie was on the unrealistic side due to a marketing mainstream "quick cash" decition by the producers of this movie.But compared to other movies of the same genre and category (Holywood Formula Military Action Drama),this one is on a higher level in quality.This one is the worst of all the Rambo movies but still,if you ,like the above mentioned genre,you will enjoy this one........

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42 out of 61 people found the following review useful:

John Rambo's back ... and it's killin' time ... again! AGAIN!

Author: thechidz from United Kingdom
27 October 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

After 'First Blood', I assumed Stallone would have won an Oscar for his portrayal of troubled Vietnam veteran John 'Break Out The Knives' Rambo, and I supposed the fact he didn't was probably down to an oversight on behalf of the Academy or something.

When he again failed to pick up the 'Best Actor' statuette after 'Rambo -First Blood, Part II', my suspicions began to rise ... but still I dismissed it as an unfortunate mistake.

So imagine my fury when, after Rambo had not only saved imprisoned Vietnam veterans from years of incarceration at the bloodthirsty hands of the Vietcong, but also liberated the proud Afghans from the yoke of Communist oppression, he STILL did not receive the award that was rightfully his? Is this how America treats its war heroes? Because if it is, it's a bloody outrage. Not only did John Stallone liberate an entire country from the iron grip of the Great Bear, but he also found time to win the title of Heavyweight Champion of the World - not once, but THREE bloody times.

If I was Sylvester Balboa, I would blow up planet Earth as punishment for being so damned ungrateful.

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39 out of 62 people found the following review useful:

take it for what it is!

Author: mwwmb from United States
12 June 2005

Rambo III is a action film as simple as that. a hero that does nearly impossible things and thats the attraction of a action hero he's not a real person it's a movie. movies like this just want to entertain you for 90mins. to 2hrs. and no matter how impossible or unrealistic things are you take it for what it is. that's the idea of wild action films they take you to another place, as a film lover i try not to have such high hopes for things, i want to see it with just a open mind . some things you will like and some you don't. rambo III is one i like. people talk about plot and what this film does and does not do . this film gives you just what you think it will.

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33 out of 52 people found the following review useful:

" God of all Action Movies "

Author: ChrisTreborn from God's own Country
5 April 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is the Best Action movie of all times; nothing can go beyond that; nothing can come after that!

Rambo 3 (Spoilers******)

Directed by Peter MacDonald marks the biggest chapter of John J Rambo, the character created by novelist David Morrell. From the acclaimed 1982 original movie 'First Blood' followed with the 1985 sequel 'Rambo II', this current final part really cuts the true face of Rambo.

In the path of Salvation it has been a long time Vietnam vet Rambo living a peaceful life in Thailand. But his mentor-best friend Col. Samuel Trautman needs his help for a mission in Afghanistan. John rejects the request making Col. to leave Afghanistan for the military operation. Things went wrong when Russian soldiers capture Colonel.

Now Rambo must go to Afghanistan, but the problem is will the One Man Army can win the WAR? Scripted by Sheldon Lettich and Sylvester Stallone himself, tells the most dominant part of Rambo franchise. The story, the screenplay, was really well written and the way it was treated into the cinematic means was just Extreme. All the credit goes to the principal photographic team under John Stanier and the well talented second unit directors Douglas Dean, Jeff Jensen and Nikolas Korda. Together they created such a wide canvas that was over the Top in every means.

Plus the soul of Rambo formed by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith makes this movie the most memorable one. His theme and action cues really immerse us in the movie. This is one of his best works, I like the opening club fighting sequence, huh really the score raises my adrenaline; and STALLONE HAS MORE DEFINITION THAN THE FAT PIG ARNOLD.

A great action movie with the exotic backdrop of Afghanistan with a cutting edge storyline. Stallone really lived in that character, especially in those smashing action scenes and in emotional parts. I wish to have such body like him one Day. This is extreme! This is the last type of movie with high-quality action spectrums that disappeared with the 1990's. A must see movie for ALL ACTION FILM FANS.

"I gave this movie 10 thumbs up out of 10 stars !"

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37 out of 61 people found the following review useful:

Once again John Rambo fights the Russians. Explosive action combined with strong violence on a low intellectual level.

Author: Bernhard Wetzstein from Leverkusen
24 May 1999

For myself, Rambo - First blood part 3 is one of the best action movies ever. In fact the story is a little bit poor, once again the typical one vs an army-story we know already from Rambo 2. Everyone, who does not think about a stupid story and the "Evil-Russians-topic" gets an explosive and very bloody action movie without long periods of boredom. In his original uncut version the movie is banned in Germany and this has good reasons. The film is absolutely nothing for kids. In my opinion the Littleton-massacre a few weeks ago was a direct consequence of films like Rambo. If you're old enough, watch it ! The final fight starts with the following dialog: "John,what're you thinking ?" Rambo:" F**k'em!"

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52 out of 92 people found the following review useful:

Judge it on the action not the subject matter

Author: Bryan Clark (
26 May 1999

I think this film was judged too much on subject matter and not as an excellently shot action film. Each action sequence is done with immense skill and quality. Sure the script is dodgy, USA v USSR so what!

Its time to turn your brain off and enjoy!

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Acceptable and spectacular following in which Rambo goes to rescue his former colonel in Afghanistan

Author: ma-cortes
16 June 2012

Third entry directed by Peter MacDonald with lots of frenetic action and plenty of blood and violence . Thrilling and moving Rambo episode in which he goes to Afghanistan to rescue his former Vietnam superior commandant , Colonel Samuel Trautman , Richard Crenna . The famous trilogy was subsequently completed by the recent ¨ John Rambo¨ , a definitive improvement and directed by the same Stallone in which Rambo fights enemies in Thailand ; nevertheless the best considered is the original . Violent movie with Rambo character who started in ¨First Blood¨ and launched Stallone career going on his successful Rambo episodes . Sylvester Stallone as brawny hero Rambo is top-notch , he was a previous Green Beret , now retired and living a pacific existence in a Buddist temple (itself was a real temple in Thailand undergoing renovation at the time of filming , also many of the Monk extras were in fact real Monks from that very temple who were paid to appear as extras) . We see Rambo's scars from First Blood (the scar on his right arm, caused by the fall through the trees) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (the small scar right above his left cheek, caused by the heated knife scraped by his eye). He has retreated to a easy life in a rural Thai location , taking part a stick fighting match , and in construction site of a Buddhist temple . Here Rambo again has his usual enemies , the Russians , who control a particular sector of Afghanistan battling Afghan rebels , the Mujahideen, who are fighting the Soviets in the Soviet-Afghan War . Rambo goes behind Russian-dominated enemy lines too rescue his former colonel from jail , he had been taken while delivering Stingers ; the problems that the Russian forces faced with American Stinger missiles, as described in this movie, were very real, and accounted for hundreds of Russian helicopters during the real war . As John Rambo joins a warrior named Masoud (Sasson Gabai , whose character is a reference to a real-life leader of the Afghani resistance against the Russian occupation) and a kid to venture behind enemy lines where Trautman (Richard Crenna) was abducted by the ruthless Russian general (Marc De Jonge) . He then frees the prisoner but the cruel General and his soldiers set off in pursuit and carry out a brutal massacre and Rambo leads his pursuers into all kinds of booby snares , puts dangerous traps in the desert and mountains . Rambo appears threatening , lurking and harassing to his enemies pursuers escaping the innumerable risks and dangers .

From the beginning to the end the comic-book action-packed and extreme violence is continued and it's fast movement ; for that reason the picture is pretty amusing ; furthermore contains lots of explosions and some of the best action scenes ever made , including an impressive machine-gun attack , spectacular scenes with helicopters and impressive ending battle between a tank driven by Rambo and a Mi-24 Hind-A helicopter . Stallone is enormous as the tough and rebel one army man , however here is no female role in the main cast, and few women appear in the film . With its $63m budget, this was the most expensive film ever made at the time of its release . The outdoors are spectaculars , the landscapes have been filmed on location in Bangkok ,Chiang Mai , Buddhist Monestary, Thailand , Tel Aviv , Eilat, Israel ,Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Yuma, Arizona, USA . Awesome and exceptional cinematography by the cameraman John Stanier . Splendid and rousing musical score by Jerry Goldsmith , series' usual , though composed by means of synthesizer . This nail-biting film was well played and produced by the great Silvester Stallone along with Carolco : Mario Kassar and Andrew G Vajna ; being professionally realized by Peter Donald who subsequently directed another vehicle for Jean Claude Van Damme , Soldier of fortune . Original director Russell Mulcahy was replaced after two weeks of filming due to creative differences and three cinematographers also succeeded .

The motion picture was preceded by the original ¨First blood¨ by Ted Kotcheff with Richard Crenna , David Caruso and Brian Dennehy, in which Rambo is falsely accused as vagrant and wrongfully imprisoned and he pulls off the break-out ; Rambo II by George Pan Cosmatos with Martin Kove, Steven Berkoff and Julia Nickson, in which he's forced to go Cambodia in search of American POWs , and this ¨Rambo III¨ with Kurtwood Smith and Spiros Focas , and the ultimate ¨John Rambo¨ directed and starred by Stallone with Julie Benz and Matthew Mardsen . The film will appeal to action enthusiast and Stallone fans . It's a movie for adrenaline lovers and frantic thrillers buffs . Rating : Good, entertaining but violent , two thumbs up . Although the movie has some aspects a little tough to take , this exciting film still has its magnificent moments . This large-scale and lavishly produced pic attempts a peculiar atmosphere with acceptable results . well worth seeing .

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