Rambo III (1988) (part 2 of 4)

Back to the film, Rambo is brooding (his second favorite hobby, after running around shirtless with heavy artillery) in an unfinished room when Trautman enters to have a philosophical chat.

Rambo III (1988) (part 2 of 4)

It centers on the theory that Rambo is trying to run from his true calling (namely, kicking ass with maximum ferocity) but can’t, because it’s always been in him. It’s not a terrible scene; Crenna (who actually can act) does most of the legwork while Stallone just reacts, but I do have to chuckle at this, because I can only imagine this scene was put at the beginning of the film after somebody told Stallone how his speeches in the previous two films shot the intensity of the climaxes right in the foot. Happily, we don’t get any blubbering from Sly about picking up pieces of his friend, or longwinded speeches about patriotism. The goofy shit manifests itself differently here.

Rambo says he’s not ready to move on, and Trautman accepts it, telling Rambo to look him up when he gets back home. Rambo apologizes, saying, “It has to end for me sometime,” and we move on quickly to the next scene.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Rambo III (1988)

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