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The best Rambo sequel,
This review is from: Rambo III [DVD] (DVD)
Rambo 3 starts off quite dramatic - Troutman (brilliantly played by Richard Crenna) finds Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in Thailand living and working for monks in a Buddhist monastary - Troutman asks Rambo to join him on a mission to Afghanistan. Some great philosophy ensues here about a warrior always being a warrior. Rambo declines the offer to help his old friend and continues his simplistic and satisfied life in the monastery.
The movie kicks off when Troutman is captured by the Russian army and is being tortured by an angry Russian Colenel Zaysen(played by brilliant French actor 'Marc de Jonge') - Some of the best lines of dialogue in this movie come from Troutman in his scenes with Marc de Jonge.
Rambo is soon on the case and is sent into Afghanistan by 'Griggs' played by Kurtwood Smith (delivering a smart performance.) - There is a lot of humour in this 3rd Rambo movie and a lot of philosophy - the movie almost takes on a spiritual sense as Rambo sets out across the desert to rescue Troutman - with the help of a new friend and guide 'Mousa' played by Sasson Gabai who provides some excellent dialogue and humour along the journey for the hero (and for the audience).
When Rambo finally does rescue Troutman - the movie could have ended quickly but we get extra value as the series takes a new turn - that of a double act of Stallone and Crenna as their characters now attempt to escape the Russians. We get wise cracks between Rambo and Troutman which add to the overall sense of humour - in the past Troutman taught Rambo how to ignore pain - in a scene following a battle, Troutman asks the injured Rambo "Does it work?" - Rambo's response "Not really." - there are many little jokes referring to the series in general which makes this 3rd episode very refreshing.
The cinematography once again is very beautiful and different to the previous entries in the series as too is the direction. The action in this is almost treble that of the previous movies - there is a much bigger body count - In the final scenes Rambo and Troutman are trapped in a natural trench with a Russian army of hundreds of foot soldiers and tanks heading in their direction - its certain death - I remember when I first watched this and thought this was the end for both heroes. Its a gripping scene.
From the start this movie ventures into boys-own-action-adventure comic-book territory like the second movie - but it does make a lot of improvements over the 2nd movie - for instance the much missed humour of the 1st movie returns in this in a different form and its good humour.
This is a big budget epic - the set design of the Russian occupied Afghan fortress is amazing to see and the lighting in those scenes is really atmospheric. The weapons and vehicles are also nicely designed, the scenery and setting is all spectacular - we travel from Thailand to Pakistan to Afghanistan in the same movie. Truely a massive Rambo movie project and probably the most epic in the series.
The movie also paved the way for possible sequels to it - Rambo gives his necklace to a young boy 'Hamid' - in a significant scene (maybe meaning Hamid could return in a future sequel).
Most of all - this feels like a Rambo movie - and fits in line with the first two movies as a perfectly good episode of a series of movies which can be watched individually without having to watch previous entries. That makes this a great sequel and a good movie.
While First Blood is the best in the series, Rambo 3 is my favourite sequel to it.