USA [1985] - 91m
Directed by
Sylvester Stallone
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February 24, 2021


I never watched the Rocky series as a kid, nor am I a big fan of boxing. I've seen the first Rocky film, but didn't care much for it, so I skipped directly to the fourth one, which is notably shorter than the others and has a minor cult status. The quality of the film was nothing to write home about, though after seeing it I can kinda understand where it got that status.

There are so many things wrong with this one, that it's almost impossible to know where to start. There's the complete failure to add some drama, especially with Stallone tripping over himself in an excruciating attempt to act. Or the completely nonsensical fight at the end, with Stallone looking like a sack of potatoes but still winning because of script. There's also the laughable pageant queen speech at the end, the fact that Drago is actually more likeable than Stallone and the unbearable pro-USA sentiments, that reach surreal heights during the finale. Makes you wonder if Stallone maybe wrote the script after having taken part in an actual boxing match.

The film is utter garbage, what saves it from complete ruin are some silly training scenes and an extended finale with two walking forts beating the crap out of each other. That's hardly highbrow entertainment, but there's at least some fun to be had there. Other than that, this was just terrible.

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