Theatrical Release: January 25, 2008
DVD Release: May 27, 2008
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writers: Sylvester Stallone & Art Monterastelli
Twenty years have passed since we last saw John Rambo. Sure
aging isn’t on his side, his face is sagging and he talks as
much as an old person. Even with those few signs of old age John
looks like he could take on a hundred men. Guess what John Rambo
does take on a hundred guys, Rambo is one of the best action
movies I’ve seen in a long time.
Sylvester Stallone wrote and directed Rambo. Not only did he
pull double duties here he even stared as the main actor. How
can this six one year old do all this, he makes it look so easy.
Sure Stallone might not be as agile like he use to; he looks
tired throughout the movie. I have to give him credit though
some of the stunts he pulls off are still far greater than some
of today’s great action sequences.
The movie starts with graphic images during a new cast. Some of
these scenes are extremely graphic. Once the story ends Rambo
goes right into graphic situations. This movie is full of random
acts of violence to extreme war sequences. Soldiers play games
with the town’s people by having them find land mines. Bets are
placed on who lives and who doesn’t. In the end it doesn’t
matter, the survivors are killed even before they can rest from
all that running.
John Rambo is not on anybodies side really. He catches snakes
for a living and earns extra cash by transporting people on his
boat. This is the man that gunned down numerous soldiers and
loved it. Rambo right now just wants to be left alone, that is
until a missionary group he took over the a town in Burmese
doesn’t return after ten days. After a flash back Rambo agrees
to find these people, with the help of a group of mercenaries.
It was weird seeing John living in a village like this. One
would assume he decided to desert his American ways for a new
life in the middle of no where. This would be a good assumption,
but why would he do this? Questions like these will get brought
up throughout the movie. At times we get simple answers and
other times we get nothing. He has no contact with America at
all, not even his old buddy Col. Trautman was there. The only
time we see John Rambo with anything related to his home country
is during the flash back sequence.
There is more violence in Rambo than any war movie out there
today. The Burmese Genocide is real and Stallone shows us what
really happens over there. All of the images we are shown in the
begging new cast are re-created; at times the images are worse.
Legs are blown off, children are shot and killed, heads are cut
off and about forty other ways of dying are in Rambo. During
some of these shots I was shocked, how could a movie like this
only get an R rating? Stallone did almost too good of a job
recreating the Burmese Genocide.
Some of the reasons I like this movie is how it was shot. I got
chills down my spine whenever a village was attacked, it came
from no where. This may sound a little deranged, but I couldn’t
help but like how we got to see so many different shots from the
attack. It’s sort of hard to explain it in ways, but you really
get a good idea how scary something like this would be. There
were a few other scenes that really had some good shots too. The
movies final sequence should make your jaw drop in either
disgust or amazement.
The only real complaint I had with this movie was the first
twenty or so minutes. You really don’t know what is going on too
much, John Rambo does his job and he gives off a cold vibe to
everybody. It isn’t until half way into the movie where you
realize what the movie is all about. Basically we see Rambo take
off his training wheels once again for a gruesome battle. Don’t
worry he comes prepared, the man makes his very own machete.
I haven’t seen a movie like this in a long time. The acts of
violence in this movie are fair worse than any horror movie
that’s been put out in the past ten years. Rambo is one of those
movies that will make you enjoy your life a little more. What
John is going through is happening in the world today, but
unfortunately there isn’t a character like him in real life.
Stallone has amazed me with his acting and direction in this
movie. The guy may be older than two Hollywood hunks combines,
but at least he can still kick ass in an action movie.
9 out of 10