The most patriotic boxing match of the decade
Stallone is back in what seems to be the most patriotic "Rocky" movie ever made. Amidst the Cold War, Stallone portrays a "Rocky" movie that metaphorically speaks about some of our fears that we were facing during the Cold War. Possibly facing an enemy that we knew very little to nothing about that seemed almost too strong....maybe even for us. In this newest movie to the series, a young Olympic gold winning Russian boxer, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) comes in to challenge Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) to an exhibition match, in Las Vegas. Things start off as mere publicity bout between the two fighters, as Apollo tries to prove he can still fight despite his age. Unfortunately, the Russian fighter proves too strong for him as he kills him, in the ring, during their match. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) then seeks revenge against the almost superhuman Drago, in a no holds bar in Russia boxing match. This installment of the series offers the least amount of story content as it jumps right into the fighting, sadly. However, it does offer possibly one of the best fight scenes and sound track of the series and seeing a robot act as Pauly's wife is hilarious. Plus, Talia Shire gives her best performance of the series since "Rocky." Not really one of Stallone's better films but if your looking for a bonefide slug fest of a film, then look no further than "Rocky IV."