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The next chapter finds Rambo recruited by missionaries to protect them during a humanitarian aid effort on behalf of the persecuted Karen people of Burma. After the missionaries are taken prisoner by Burmese soldiers, Rambo gets a second impossible job: rescue the missionaries in the midst of a civil war.
If you've been wondering what ever happened to ex–Green Beret superwarrior John Rambo since he singlehandedly shot up a Pacific Northwest town (First Blood, 1982), returned to the jungles of 'Nam to free U.S. POWs held long after war's end (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 1985), and interrupted the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan long enough to blow lots of stuff up and rescue his old commandant from the Reds (Rambo III, 1988), then Rambo (2008) is for you. Without so much as a IV to dilute the brand name, Rambo--which is what most of us called the second, most iconic film in the series--may aspire to open a new era for a pop legend. But it's a thoroughly mechanical attempt to reanimate a franchise that, absent the anger, frustration, and self-loathing of the post-Vietnam years, has no meaning or purpose. For some time now Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has been putt-putting along the Thai-Burmese border in a longboat, catching exotic snakes to sell. As for the 60-year civil war in Burma between the brutal government and the Karen independence movement, he ignores it. Enter a party of American missionaries whose dewy blond spokeswoman (Dexter's Julie Benz) asks Rambo to haul them upriver so that they can bring medical aid to the insurgents. After the requisite number of monosyllabic refusals, he does. Soon afterward the do-gooders are in a world of hurt, and he's summoned to lead a squad of mercenaries on a rescue mission.
As storytelling, the latest Rambo is the most bare-bones of the bunch. Rambo has little to say, so it's especially galling that Stallone, as director and co-writer, obliges him to have essentially the same conversation at three different points (the final distillation: "Live for nothing or die for something"). The Burmese army goons seem in competition to commit the most hideous atrocity (e.g., child skull-crushing underfoot), the better to justify the eventual, lovingly protracted spectacle of them being eviscerated by high-powered weaponry. Although shot in Thailand, the movie has mostly been photographed in brown, reducing any particular sense of place but, perhaps, perversely increasing our gratitude for the splashes of purple whenever hot metal tatters flesh. --Richard T. Jameson
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Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 4970654
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : May 27, 2008
- Actors : Sylvester Stallone
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : Lionsgate Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0015XHP2W
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Face facts: you’re looking at a review for a Rambo film. You didn’t come here to be told how genre-bending the direction is, or how Stallone gives a realistic and heart-felt performance, or how poignant the social commentary was at that time the film was released.
You care about your time investment into a film, and the graphic violence. This is your academy award winning film of the year, this is the action film you expect from a modern-day Rambo film.
The violence can be sudden, and they did a great job with increasing the realism (look what the fifty cal does to the human body in this film, for example). It’s everything I could have dreamt of for an action flick. Toss a few American flags in there and some Jesus and it’s every conservative’s dream movie.
The Rambo cycle is a timeless tale of growth, understanding, and finding anchoring values in an amoral world. It will stand with the Ring Trilogy and Musashi Miamoto and other timeless classics.
4k quality and audio is very good. For region B and C customers both the UHD and the standard BLU RAY are all regions.
John Rambo is contracted by a Christian missionary group to take them into Burma to bring both medical and spiritual healing to the people of remote Burma. Reluctantly, Rambo takes them into a place where the Burmese government is waging a genocidal war against the Karen people.
When contact is lost with the missionaries, it is Rambo that is again contracted - this time to transport mercenaries to find and bring back the very people he had earlier taken upriver. In this film, John Rambo seems tired, old and adrift without anything in his life to anchor him. In this film, he seems to have found that missing element.
I personally felt this the most sophisticated Rambo film in which he is not only challenged to re-evaluate his current and past life by one of the missionaries (Julie Benz, who gives and excellent performance) but also by the end of the film comes to grip with his past and seek a kind of redemption. This film is well acted and the cast give fine performances, especially Stallone and Benz. Cinematography, score and locations are all excellent.
I liked this film and felt the tone of the movie was very different that most of these films and is the logical conclusion to the anger and rejection John Rambo conveyed to America in First Blood. I feel it brought closure to the man we met in the first film.
Having said that, I did not care for the excessive bloodiness of the film's many action sequences. I often feel these types of films highlight the bloody special effects simply because they can - it's simply a showcase for specialist techniques whether the film is enhanced by them of not.
I do recommend this film with four stars despite the overly brutal special effects. "Live for nothing or die for something - your call."