the interesting thing about rocky 4 is that it takes place no-where. or that’s one of the (many?) interesting things about rocky 4.
half of rocky 4 is training montages which inter-cut rocky and drago performing the exact same exercises. the difference, of course, is that drago is using high-tech science equipment (computers, treadmills, red lasers) to train while rocky trains with farm equipment. (what’s funny about this, is that at this time the united state was far superior, technological-wise. and even more so now. today, the scientifically enhanced athletes are not coming out of the (ex)soviet bloc, but out of the united states.) but even given the different technologies/equipment used to train, drago and rocky remain largely the same: they are both training their bodies to destroy other bodies, but the training and destruction of other bodies leads to the breakdown of their own body.
if there is a difference between the two, it’s something like this: it takes a totalitarian apparatus to force drago to become this destroying body, but rambo has already internalized this kind of subjectivity on his own.
i really like the end credits and song
but it reminds me of the end credits to another movie . . .