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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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The final chapter (we hope) in the "Rambo" series finds our Green Beret
hero in Afghanistan, fighting to rescue his friend and mentor, 'Colonel
Traupman', from the occupying Russian armies.
Even though Stallone and director Peter Macdonald have attempted another 'message' in this film, "Rambo III" is not as clumsily weighed down as its predecessors, and actually manages some intentional humour (even if it isn't all that funny). Because these types of movies cannot afford to take themselves too seriously.
The fifty million dollars worth of production is impressive only on the big screen, so video viewers will miss this. A very explosive, implausible movie, which is of course well out of date(the Russians withdrew from Afghanistan in 1988).
Sunday, August 23, 1992 - Video
Only 16 years since the West was patriotically making movies in which our heroes ARE SENT TO HELP (BY THEIR GOVERNMENT) the Taliban, a fundamental Islamic movement strongly influenced at that time by one Osama bin Laden. And we won, of course. There is always a problem when you politically (and sometimes literally) attack your perceived enemies because of what they did in history -e.g. Saddam and the Kurds - forgetting that you too have a history. Personally I think this film should be put in cold storage until the whole present Afghan and Iraq episode of history is forgotten. I notice the reviews for the film mention only the Mujahadeen, as if they were branch of the Boy Scouts. NO! They are the Taliban, and the Russians no doubt called them "insurgents".
Colonel Samuel Trautman(Richard Crenna) has been assigned to lead a mission
to help the Afghan rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of
Colonel Troutman seeks out his old friend John Rambo(Sylvester Stallone) to join the mission.
But Rambo turns it down, so Colonel Troutman goes in alone.
But the mission goes wrong and Trautman is taken hostage and tortured by a Russian Colonel.
When Rambo learns of what happened he launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Afghan rebels.
Rambo 3 starts out rather slow and takes a while to pick up.
Director Peter MacDonald does a good job on the action scenes but when there is not any action his Directing is decent.
Sly once again gives a good performance and also once again was one of the Writers.
The action scenes are great but when there is no action Rambo 3 is rather boring.
It's the weakest of the Trilogy.
I give Rambo 3 6/10
I am writing this 5 days after the Twin towers were brought to the
Rambo III is proof that the USA once loved the Afghanistan, when they wanted to beat the Russians.
This Movie will probably disappear secretly. Never to be seen on TV, DVD or any such.
Stallone will regret this film big time.
There are many Heroic Osama Bin Laden Characters in this film.
Politics got to love it.
Rambo III is an incredibly dumb piece of Reganite rubbish and the worst
of the Rambo films. It shows that at the time the Rambo series was
running out of stream and ended the series for 20 years.
After the events in Rambo: First Blood Part II John Rambo was living and working with Buddhist monks in Thailand, helping them build their temple and rise money by fighting in stick fights. His old Colonel (Richard Crenna), tries to get recruit Rambo to work with him once more. This time he was going into Afghanistan were the Soviet Union had invade. Colonel Trautman obviously wants the best man he can. However Rambo refuses, saying his war was over i.e. Vietnam. Rambo quickly changes his mind when he finds out that Colonel Trautman was captured by the Soviet forces and being torture. Rambo sets off from Pakistan into Afghanistan, meeting up with the Mujahideen and becoming a part of their community. He finds out the Soviet Command (Marc de Jonge) was brutal, setting up landmines and attacking villages at will with helicopters. He sets out orders to kill men, rape women, take away women and kill babies to prevent the new generation of Afghans (that bit reminded me of Come and See). With the help of the Mujahideen, Rambo set out to go into the Soviet fortress, rescue Colonel Trautman and the Afghan hostiles, and hunt down the Soviet leadership.
The film is just a live-action cartoon with the level of violence and the way some people die, such as Rambo use of explosive arrows, to him driving a tank into a helicopter, to the large number of deaths that Rambo was responsible for. This film was a product of its time. Some of the action scenes were fun, like the night raid and the stick fighting, but some was over the top and lack any style. The director of the film was Peter MacDonald and this was his first feature. His experience was as a Camera Operator and in the 2nd Unit, and has worked in films such as Rambo II, Batman, the Bourne Ultimatum and X-Men Origins Wolverine. It was obvious he was just a gun-for-hire to do what he was told. I don't put much blame on him, he should just stick to what he is good at. The major problem of the film was the writing. The film's plot is weak at best and had nothing new to say or do for the action genre. It was nothing different to it to Rambo II. Politically the film was wrong; it made out that the Soviet Union was pure evil, especially considering that by the time American and Soviet relations were warming up. As well the American could do nothing wrong. As well history has proved that the Mujahideen were not all goodness and light, with them becoming the Taliban and biting the hand that fed them. It funny that the Americans ignore their past about them hating America and just focused on the anti-Soviet element, not realising they will be trouble. Rambo III was ridiculous and dated really quickly.
Its pure pantomime.
At least Rambo finds his soul in the new film.
This films rating on IMDb is what it should be. It just isn't very
good. The first film was clever, the second was a great action film,
and the fourth was a dark conclusion. This film just doesn't bring
anything to the table. Rambo is still Rambo, but there are vague traces
of 80s' cheesiness in him, and doesn't help.
But my biggest problem with this film was that it was boring. The first half is a boring introduction to situation in Afghanistan circa 1988, and the second half is one huge action scene that never seems to let up. The action itself is simply not that good. The force of emotion I felt with the first film and especially the fourth film just doesn't exist. This movie is so plain.
Overall, not really worth it. I saw it anyway just because I wanted to complete the series, so maybe you are like me in that sense. Otherwise, avoid.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
(WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD)This movie is an action film. Trying to
look at it as anything else will most certainly bring the viewer a great
disappointment, but it shouldn't be viewed as anything else. True, it does
not contain the same moral messages as First Blood or First Blood part II,
but the sheer ferocity of the violence and Rambo's character more than make
up for it. Stallone is in, arguably, the best physical shape of his life in
this film and the wonderfully choreographed stick fighting scene in the
beginning more than shows off his ridiculous physique. Rambo is bigger
(including his knife which, designed by Gil Hibben, beats out the Part II
blade by two inches), stronger, and more determined than ever, sealing the
character's place as a hero icon.
The true essence of a hero is one that faces incredible odds and fights bravely for the right reasons. Rambo is there to save his friend, pure and simple. He does, in a way, adopt the cause of the Afghans who aid him. And all Afghans are not evil terrorists, some are just people who WERE subject to extreme brutality during the attempted Soviet invasion. The story may seem comical now, but in the midst of the Cold War, it made audiences cheer.
Many of the action scenes are a bit over the top and there are the classic action downfalls of the "never-ending-clip" and Rambo never seems to miss a shot whereas the Soviets can't hit anything accept Afghanis and prisoners. Rambo is injured however by a piece of debris sent flying by a grenade blast and has to performed some self-surgery echoing back to the arm-stitching of First Blood.
Also, this movie lets us see Rambo working with people that aren't soldiers of his caliber. Musa and the boy are loyal fighters, but not trained soldiers, and Rambo's first rescue attempt is botched because of this, whereas in the second film, he was rescued by his Vietnamese aid, Co. The film rounds off the series well and should be considered a darn good action movie.
Rambo III stands as a prime example of the sentiment behind the action films
that became so successful in the 80's. It has NO pretensions of being
anything more than mainstream action fare. Whether it's deliberate or not,
the writers have made the character of John Rambo nothing more than a
cartoon action hero - he embodies everything that is 'American macho'. This
completely over the top (no Stallone pun intended) superhero is thrown into
a wonderfully over the top story, where there's never any doubt he'll win
and little chance that he'll have too much trouble in his task (a leg wound
and a hole through his stomach are just an opportunity to show how
incredibly tough and resistant he is). The action scenes unashamedly adhere
to the 'Hollywood guide to entertaining violence' (probably in existence
somewhere) and the viewer is exposed to endless guns, bullet hits, tanks,
guns, sweat, helicopters, guns, dead extras, muscles, guns, explosions,
blood and guns. Which is, of course, incredibly good fun to
The story is fantastic in it's simplicity - nasty bad guy in charge of evil communist army is cruel to local rebels so good old Sly has to penetrate converted mountain base, rescue his friend and destroy the entire opposing army. Marvellous. The ultimate action-adventure that could be written by an excited 5 year-old.
This could have been incredibly boring given the horrendous script and there are times when it is in danger of becoming like one of the billions of B-movie action films that grace the bottom shelf of video shops these days, but Stallone's hyper-macho performance and Peter MacDonald's direction keep things lively. To be fair it's probably Vic Armstrong who is most worthy of praise for coordinating what are undeniably some of the most amazing battle scenes ever, combining helicopters, horses and an unbelievable amount of explosions. I doubt in the modern days of CG that we'll ever see this many pyrotechnics in one film again. So, well done Mr Armstrong for keeping the film firmly in the A-movie category.
Obviously, just given the film's title, people should know what kind of film to expect and anyone, like me, who is capable of ignoring a bad script and disengaging the brain, should relish the visuals and have a fun hour and 40 minutes.
8/10 for being so completely over the top.
Rambo III probably has one of the best action packed beginnings out of many films that I have seen. When Rambo steps out of the boat and into the warehouse then tension and anticipation begins to build in the viewer of the film. I loved the part when Rambo smacks his sticks on the ground to begin the fight! From that point on until the fight is over the action is awesome. I also like how the character of John Rambo is true to form with him not killing the man he fights and then handing over the money he won to the Buddhists. What a great beginning to a film! I have watched it over and over again. The rest of the film is good but unfortunately does not follow suit with the beginning. Still a descent movie overall but it could have been better but I won't get into that. Anyways rent, buy, or just watch the film for the opening fight scene. It ranks a 10 out of 10 for fight scenes in a movie in my opinion!!!!!!! Way to go Rambo!!!!!!!
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