he second Rambo movie was an astonishing international success, breaking box office records all over the world, and cementing the character of John Rambo as a pop culture icon of the 1980s. Another sequel was inevitable. Stallone hit the gym and came back for the simply titled Rambo III, dropping the "First Blood" moniker and leaning into the sequel craze of the era in 1988. Sly was bigger, his hair was longer, the film's budget had more zeroes, and this time, it was personal. No seriously. That was one of the movie's tag lines. And at the time, it wasn't that unoriginal. The movie is fun and its pure Rambo, but it does have a feeling like the filmmakers were constantly trying to outdo the previous two movies, making it more a spectacle with far less meaning and emotional impact than either of the previous installments.