The third sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s boxing blockbuster combines the ringside sports melodrama of the previous installments with the Cold War patriotism of the star/director’s other motion picture series of the 1980s, the Rambo saga.
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It's really silly and it kind of cheapens I-III & Rocky Balboa a bit. But it's also kind of awesome. I'm pretty torn about it. On the one hand, he runs up a mountain and Paulie has a robot wife. On the other hand, he runs up a mountain and Paulie has a robot wife. DRAGOOO. DRAGOOO.
Unrealistic fantasy story about the Cold War reflected in a boxing match to the death. If I thought the third film was a comic book film then this is the real deal. Dolph Lundgren has one of the best brain-dead eyes in Hollywood and Birgitte Nielsen is truly the real villain laughing when a beloved character dies. Capitalism seem to be the true good in the world here with the most sparkling fun, best girls and music.
"...and to kill me, he has to be willing to die himself." Practically unique, and quite excellent, in depicting The Fighter's Heart in such an inspiring manner. Drago's portrayal and final realization are brilliant. An adept, fat-free, and wonderful sports movie.
Would you ever expect the humble boxer/debt collector you knew in the first film to be standing on top of a mountain in Russia swearing revenge on his best friend's murderer? As much of a departure this is, it somehow still feels in continuity with the other films. Maybe it's Stallone's enduring sincerity and love of the character that keeps it feeling fresh.