John Rambo’s former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman’s request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. Written by Todd Baldridge John Rambo, unwilling to accompany old friend Colonel Trautman behind Soviet lines in Afghanistan, ends up going there on an unofficial rescue mission after Trautman is captured. Bullets and bombs fly in all directions as the indestructible Rambo quickly works his way through a large camp of Soviet soldiers.—IMDb
What bothered me the most about this movie is the ending: Rambo and his buddy are pinned down behind some rocks by the bad guys, but then a bunch of proto-Taliban types come riding their horses and swinging their sabers across this wide open expanse to save our heroes in some vulgar Lawrence of Arabia sequence. Apparently Soviets can't hit the broad side of a cavalry charge with artillery. Stupid.
This movie certainly had a large budget, but wastes an interesting, thoughtful opening with Rambo as a retired Buddhist warrior in Thailand to have tons of explosions in Afghanistan. Trautman and Rambo trading quips does not exactly work here, but Richard Crenna does get more lines than before as Trautman.