In honor of last weekend's release of The Expendables, we continue to take a look back at the action films of Sir Sylvester Stallone.
Title: Rambo III
Setting: Thailand at first, then Afghanistan
Our hero: Super-soldier John Rambo (maybe you've heard of him?)
Our villain/s: Soviet forces led by Col. Zaysen (Marc de Jonge)
The stakes: The capture of commanding officer/BFF Trautman (Richard Crenna); the lives of innocent Afghan villagers; the spread of Communism
How long until our first confrontation? A whopping three minutes pass before Rambo gets his underground stick fight on.
Line of dialogue that nails it: "God would have mercy. [Rambo] won't."
Coolest display of might: Everyone should rig an explosive to their arrow before taking aim at a nearby helicopter. It seriously gets the job done. Also: if you're gonna hang a guy, be sure to pull the pins on his hand grenades just before you do. He'll get real dead.
Surrogate family matters: After flying solo in the first film and losing his love interest in the second, Rambo's now saddled with a young Afghan boy who won't stop tailing him into dangerous war zones. This lovable scamp could become Rambo Jr. yet!
Moral of the story: We should send Rambo back to Afghanistan.
Stallone Action Scale: 5 out of 10. For being what the Guinness Book of World Records called "the most violent film ever made" at the time, Rambo III sure takes a while to get going.