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Solid horror film that while doesn't reach the brilliance of "Re-Animator", still provides plenty of chills. The cast is solid across the board, with Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton almost playing the opposite roles from "Re-Animator" (Combs's Crawford wants to end the experiment while Crampton's McMichaels keeps pushing the limits). The addition of the great Ken Foree is always a plus as well. Behind the camera, Stuart Gordon makes a solid adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft, despite the lack of material from the source (by his own admission, the film's prologue covers the original short story). However, it doesn't quite have the fun and originality of "Re-Animator", while some of the optical effects haven't aged as well (the practical and make-up effects are still brilliant). Overall, a solid horror movie and still one of the better Lovecraft adaptations, but not the classic like their previous work.
Hilarious satire of the 'View Aschew' films that was supposed to wrap up the series, but naturally has kept going. The entire cast is having a ball, with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith providing capable leads as Jay & Silent Bob, while the returning cast members also do the same (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon particularly shine in skewering themselves). Behind the camera, Kevin Smith has a blast making fun of his movies, with a great opening act that brings back many of the previous characters, though the middle does drag a bit (the subplot about hot diamond thieves doesn't really pay off, while Will Ferrell is more annoying than funny here). However, by the third act when they finally get to Hollywood, the film is a laugh riot, ending on a satisfying note. To date, still the ultimate Kevin Smith movie.
Weakest entry in the franchise, that despite the best of intentions, manages to fail on almost every level. Stallone appears to be going through the motions in this time, while Richard Crenna is solid as Trautman, still lending some gravitas as a professional soldier. Behind the camera, director Peter MacDonald trivializes the Soviet/Afghan War, though occasionally does make a point, such as when Trautman explains to the Soviets they are in their 'Vietnam'. In hindsight, the film is bad in another level, as the some of the freedom fighters Rambo works with eventually becomes the Taliban. Even worse, the action is substandard, too, something that at least redeemed 'Rambo'. Overall, the weakest in the "Rambo" franchise and just a bad movie one general.
Enjoyable action picture that manages to maintain the themes of the original, though still falls more into the action fare. Stallone continues his excellent turn as John Rambo, as skilled soldier disenchanted with the military, even when given the opportunity to redeem himself. While Richard Crenna makes a nice return as Trautman, the rest of the cast comes off as cartoonish, particularly the Soviet villains. Behind the camera, director George P. Cosmatos makes a fun action flick with hints of the original's themes, particularly with Rambo's mission being rescuing POW's. However, in the end, its just a violent action film giving the excuse to show what Rambo can really do. Granted, its a pretty darn good one, ending with a superb helicopter action sequence that you probably won't see in modern films anymore. Overall, a solid sequel, but not as powerful as the original.