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The Buzz:

         Fast forward about 20 years from the previous film; Rambo has found solitude in rural Thailand. Things take a violent turn though when he transports a group of Christian aid workers into troubled Burma, and they are later kidnapped by the local genocidal forces. Soon Rambo has to take up his blade once again to go and save the workers, and finally come to terms with who and what he is.

 

 

 Life of the Party:

         Out of all four films, this one has got to be the most intense, visceral, and shocking of them all. And not just in the action scenes either. Like all the other films in the franchise, Rambo has a message it's trying to get across; this time about the atrocities and genocide taking place in Burma. And oh boy does this film convey that message quite...viscerally. Remember the atrocities "shown" in Tears of the Sun? This is quite more realistic and intense. I'm honestly not sure if this should go here or in the "Hangovers" paragraph, but I guess that'll come down to the viewer (I only put here in the positives because I think if a message is worth giving, it's worth giving to the full effect). If you're not OK with seeing genocidal acts, up to and including small children being bayoneted and pitch-forked into a fire on screen, then don't apply here.

         The action is intense! The final firefight is probably one of my favorite long-running firefight scenes ever put to film. And the effects are nothing short of killer (no pun intended); once again this all goes back to the practical vs. digital argument, and here the practical really won out. The violence in Rambo is in no way cheesy or laughable; if you're looking for a lighthearted action flick to lazily pass away the day then look elsewhere. Rambo seemingly wants you to be uncomfortable when you view the various characters dying or being horribly injured.

         And here's a tiny bit of trivia for you: for the film First Blood, the book it was originally based on ended with Rambo being killed by Trautman, and the film originally had that ending. But after the test audience apparently threatened to hang the director from a lamp post, they changed it to the ended we all know from that film. During Rambo there's a brief flashback sequence through all three of the previous films, and the very last tidbit of flashback shows this "deleted scene" where Trautman kills Rambo. Not entirely sure why myself; I wonder if I wrote Stallone if he'd tell me why they made this decision...

 

Not shown: what Rambo does to some hapless truck driver (you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it...)

 

Potential Hangovers:

         My comments about the intensity and violence of this film could VERY easily make their way to this section of the review, depending on each viewer's taste. The other Rambo films have a small advantage in that 80's effects and taste prevented this level of violence to be shown on film, making them much more accessible; Rambo will certainly turn off some viewers with its gratuitous blood-and-guts.

         Also while the main message of this film I believe is incredibly well done and important, the underlying theme the Christian missionaries tries to impart on it's never OK to kill, and the dilemma that unfolds there, I found to be slightly ham-fisted and unnecessary (or at least could have been done a little better).

         My primary complaint with this film are the mercenaries that Rambo teams up with to find the missionaries; their characters are so one-dimensional and cliché that I had a much weaker connection with them than I did all the other characters in the film. The actors did a good job and I place no fault on them; instead I think the weakness was the writing that gave us no real back-story or reason to care about each of the mercenaries. However I don't want you to think this is a bigger issue than I may make it out to be; it's quite minor compared to the brilliance of the rest of the film, and I don't think will be of sufficient distraction to turn away any viewers.

 

To me, more intimidating than Eastwood with the .357

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Solo Experience

        Much like the other films in the franchise, watch Rambo alone or with a small group of friends, either way it'll entertain. Break out the Mai Thais again (at least the film starts in Thailand...) or any other beverage of choice and be amazed at what this film was able to pull off. Once again the primary drinking rules I can find all have to do with when Rambo kills someone; however this movie beat Rambo III's world record number of deaths with its own body count (236 to be precise), so this might not be the best decision you've ever made with your health (if you do pull this off somehow, you have my respect, and my emphatic suggestion to reevaluate your life and where you're going with it).

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Incredibly well done meaningful action film

+ Very interesting and engaging story

+ The message

+/- The violence

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