Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is tracked down to a Buddhist monastery by his friend Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna), who wants help fighting Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Rambo declines, but when Trautman is captured by the Soviets, the one-man army goes into action.
In probably the worst film in the Rambo series, Stallone transforms here from slightly confused loner to the Free World’s white knight.
Reluctantly giving up his blissfully mystic life in Thailand (hilariously parodied in Hot Shots! Part Deux) to go on one more mission, he seemingly takes on the entire Soviet army in Afghanistan.
If cartoon action is your bag, then this has it by the bucketful, but the mindless celebration of carnage leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
Marc de Jonge