Rambo (Widescreen Edition)
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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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WOW...was this a surprise. The transfer and PQ was top notch. It was Rambo meets National Geographic. Colors of the green jungle and foilage were sharp and even. And night time shots were dark yet visable. Everything was natural yet clearly came to life.
But the soundtrack thanks to the DTS really made this BD shine. From the sounds in the woods to the rain coming down you felt you were there. Of course with Rambo expect lots of action and this didn't disappoint. I could go on and on about several instances from the highpower sniper to Rsmbo using his bow but no doubt the last 15 minutes really shakes the house. I would put it on par with the beach scene in Saving Private Ryan. Yes, it's that intense. The FX bunch who did this went beyond anything I've seen and heard . It's a show disc for both PQ and sound.
TV - Sony Z5100 52" calibrated
Receiver - Denon 1801
Speakers - Boston 9000 5.1
BD Player - Sony
My wife is not a Stallone fan at all, and she didn't "want to watch any Rambo movie", so I started it without her, but soon she was in and watching and yelling (my sweetheart is a movie yeller) "Did you see that, did you see that?" She like me was instantly hooked into the realistic feel of the action scenes and the evil of the bad guys.
One thing I noticed that for all the realistic look to the battle scenes, they had a weird camera effect of old battlefield films from Viet Nam, and WWII. I don't want to spoil the film by giving away the story line so I'll just say this, Rambo is even more graphically violent than 300 300 (Two-Disc Special Edition), Gladiator Gladiator - Extended Edition (Three-Disc Extended Edition), or Braveheart Braveheart (Special Collector's Edition), so if you are put off by violence of every kind, blood and gore (and brief glimpses of perversion), then this is not a film to even consider watching. However, it is a surprisingly moving film, that reminds us that there are bad guys in the world more evil than we can readily imagine. It is also a moving tale of acceptance for the protagonist. It is an action film that doesn't waste time on pointless dialogue except to help you understand who the characters are, rather than to be the story.
So here's the deal, this is not a movie for everyone, but every one should understand at least on some level the lessons that this movie teaches.
But that's just me.