Rocky IV (1985)


Drama | Sport


Sylvester Stallone




Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Dolph Lundgren, Brigitte Nielsen, Tony Burton, Michael Pataki, LeRoy Neiman


After Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is killed during a match by Soviet boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) goes to Russia to fight the new champion and avenge his friend.


Know that Tina Turner song that goes like "you're simply the best, better than all the rest"? Well, it doesn't apply to the fourth instalment of the Rocky series, the worst entry so far.

Stallone tells the same damn story for the fourth time, only this time he doesn't really bother to add anything new. Just like in "Rocky III", the story is fuelled by the death of one of the main characters by the hands of the villain with only one difference: while Clubber Lang didn't kill Mickey with his own hands but died because of him, Ivan Drago kills Apollo Creed, intentionally I'd say, so to make another film about revenge. Have I mentioned that the plot is also utterly unbelievable and makes no sense whatsoever?

Anyway, what makes "Rocky IV" worse than his predecessor is that the filmmakers decided to involve politics, probably to attract the audience. Worst decision ever, especially if you are going to do an unoriginal thing such as portraying Russians and Russia as the bad guys. Also, they make Russians look so ridiculous.

The characters aren't any better. The old ones are only shadows of the people they used to be and the new ones are terrible. Ivan Drago is supposed to be menacing, and he is a bit, but most of all he looks like some mentally challenged guy. But at least he is an unlikable character, so unlikable even the crowd in Russia starts supporting Rocky.

Even the boxing is getting boring because Rocky fights as he always does, he gets hit a lot in the face and head, and he obviously wins, even against a much stronger opponent.

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