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5.0 out of 5 stars An action film with edge!
I love action films and this is one of the greatest. An intense story, great action and superb actors (Julie Benz is great) make Rambo the best entry in the franchise.
Published on May 7 2012 by Chris R

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
At first glance, it would appear the sexagenarian Sylvester Stallone has gone senile. Dredging up hits from his youth to salvage a fading career seems sad, first with 2006's Rocky Balboa (the sixth in that franchise) and now with Rambo (the fourth). But Rambo is actually a good film.

In First Blood (1982), Rambo stood up for himself against a prejudiced town;...
Published on Dec 12 2008 by Greg Curtis


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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr.Stallone upholds the Rambo tradition, Dec 14 2012
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Robert Badgley (St Thomas,Ontario,Canada) - See all my reviews
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Rambo(released Jan.25/08)has Mr.Stallone back in his seat as his signature character of John Rambo.With his portrayal here,it doesn't seem as if more than 20 years have passed since the original movies,he is so spot on.Back is the dark,loner whose blackness from within is never too far from the surface.The film is sweeping and sometimes epic in look,and the music score is very reminiscent of the original trio of films.
The story finds John living in Thailand,eking out a living,providing snakes for a small outfit that provides shows for tourists.One day a group of Americans with medical supplies and other stuffs,comes a calling.They ask John to take them up river and into Burma to a small village,which is their ultimate destination.John repeatedly refuses,until one of the group finally wears him down and he relents.Off they go in John's river boat and the first big obstacle they encounter is an encampment of Burmese river pirates along the shore.John revs his engine down and they are almost passed when suddenly one of the pirate boats is in pursuit.Their boat is just too modern and powerful,so John is forced to stop.John tries negotiating with them but when they realize there is a woman on board things go south very quickly.In the end John is forced to shoot everyone of them to save their own lives.
John fulfills his end of the bargain and drops the group off at the village in Burma.On the way back he disposes of the boat and the bodies therein of the pirates he wasted.Back at the village things seem to be going well until it is invaded by government troops who begin a wholesale slaughter of the village's inhabitants and raze it to the ground.The group of Americans are captured and taken to the soldier's encampment.
John is back home and asleep when the pastor from the Church who sponsored the American group,comes to call on him.He tells John the group should have been back 10 days before and has heard they have been taken hostage.The pastor has hired a rag tag group of mercenaries to go rescue the group.John is now hired to take them back to the village so they can get the hostages back.John spends that night forging a new knife and he accompanies the group to the village.Once there he is about to leave with the mercenaries but is told to wait at the boat.The mercs travel inland with a Burmese rebel as their guide and they eventually come upon a group of government soldiers forcing innocent civilians to run through a rice field sprinkled with mines.The civilians make it to one side without mishap but when the soldiers force them to make a return trip,John shows up with bow and arrow in hand and quickly dispatches the entire group of soldiers.From that point on John is part of the rescue team.
They find the encampment and set about trying to free the hostages.The main group of mercs get most of the people,but John is still involved in trying to rescue the girl.When things get a little dicey the mercs fall out with those they have.One,a sniper,remains to assist John.With the girl obtained,the three head away from the camp.Early the next morning the Burmese troops awake to find their hostages gone and some of their guards slain and the hunt is on.The troops in good time find the mercs and have them set for the slaughter.John,the girl and the sniper find them,after having blown their trackers to kingdom come by setting off an old WW2 bomb in the jungle.Just as the mercs are about to die the firing begins.John kills a soldier manning a 50c machine gun and starts into ripping up everything in sight.The mercs are into the fight too and it becomes a real slaughterhouse.It's a pitched battle until a large group of Burmese rebels show up to assist John and the mercs.In a poignant scene,when the dust settles,John is standing,slightly wounded,overlooking the battlefield and its carnage.
The film ends as John returns home for the first time in many a year.He stops at the post box with his fathers name on it.Then he proceeds to walk the long dusty driveway in towards the farmhouse.
From the get go Mr.Stallone makes sure you see the atrocities the Burmese troops commit with actual film and news footage.Then throughout,to reinforce that theme,you get to see recreations of some of the horrible and sick things these government soldiers do to their own people,such as forcing civilians to run through mine fields.He makes sure you're on his side because he does not hold back an inch when it comes to showing the carnage that real bullets do to real bodies.It is not for the squeamish,but Mr.Stallone's set up has steeled you for what is to come and you're on his side all the way.When John takes control of that 50c machine gun in the final battle,it's hard not to be up on your feet encouraging him to go for it.Mr.Stallone has adeptly kept true to the original character,as if time has stood still all these years.Mr.Stallone also makes a wide us of varying camera techniques to put the story over.I particularly liked his,for lack of a better description,prowling tiger mode,if that makes sense.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 2:40:1 and is clear and crisp.Extras includes deleted scenes and several featurettes which I am looking forward to seeing after I write this review(as always I never let extras influence my reviews).There is a second disc,which is a digital copy.
All in all a terrific return to the character of John Rambo,made famous many,many years ago.He steps into the character like he just finished the last movie a year ago.The film is sweeping and epic in nature,with a great musical score to enhance the proceedings.It is very realistic in nature but has a reason for being so which,dollars to donuts,you will be behind every minute you watch this baby.4 1/2 stars.Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An action film with edge!, May 7 2012
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I love action films and this is one of the greatest. An intense story, great action and superb actors (Julie Benz is great) make Rambo the best entry in the franchise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Heroes never die...they just reload.",, May 29 2008
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Jenny J.J.I. "A New Yorker" (That Lives in Carolinas) - See all my reviews
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Sly might be old but the man still got it. A lot people has seen Rocky Balboa and loved the movie, but wait until Stallone gathers all of his strength and places all of his energy into making John Rambo, the fourth Rambo film of the saga. It's definitely not an upgrade from any previous Rambo installment; it's just the next one. The dialog is very 'Stallone-esque' (lots of cheesy tag lines that sometimes hit and sometimes miss) but tolerable if you keep your expectations realistic being that it's a Stallone movie.

For Rambo lovers and non-Rambo lovers the story is simple enough. John Rambo tells the story of John leading a group of mercenaries up a river, and takes them deep into the jungles of Burma to rescue a religious group that have been taken captive after a village was burned to the ground, and the villagers were brutally murdered, one by one. I really enjoyed this flick During the movie he is referred to by his name John or as "boatman." Stallone wants to distance his character from "super soldier" from the man Rambo was in the last two movies. He is no longer a hotshot. So no wonder he is not breaking teeth when he gets insulted by the leader of the mercenaries. It does not matter anymore but once the Rambo comes out he fights so ferociously as if his soul was already burning in hell for those 20 years after we last saw him in Afghanistan. As if his desperation, anger, sadness, guilt altogether explode on the screen. It's not pretty, it's not enjoyable and there is no easy way talking about it.

The character development is pretty poor with the main character jumping into a trusting relationship w/ the female lead the instant he makes eye contact without any real explanation as to why. The chemistry between these two was virtually non-existent, but this was probably due to just poor writing more so than casting issues. This may have also been a product of the very fast pace of the film as it really jumps right into the action, but it wasn't a very long movie so they could have done it a little more justice by making it somewhat believable. I think they did a better job with this in First Blood. The team really put together a shocking and graphic representation of war with all of the 'bits and pieces.' I was smiling in amazement of how realistic everything looked and ashamed at the same time for grinning at something so violent.
Still, even with the flaws above it doesn't need a continuing sequel and I think Stallone knows that. Got to pay tribute to this man because he had portrayed one of the best Action Hero's and at the same time reminded us what an action movie is all about. John Rambo came full circle with himself as well as his character's realization for his fans. Any doubt that action movies are dead? Look no further, Stallone still got it. OHH RAAHHH!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supup Rambo, Aug. 23 2014
It's a sweet and sour style Very slow and unpaced at one time but some other time Turbo-adrenaline Rambo. Nothing stand in is way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah!!!, June 15 2008
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Matthew King - See all my reviews
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Our beloved old 80's action hero John Rambo is back in this 3rd sequel to First Blood. This time, Rambo is living in near isolation in the south pacific, leading a quiet lifestyle as a fisherman. Then, somewhat unwittingly, leads a group of mercenaries into the jungles of Burma, where atrocious humanity crimes are being committed by a rebel group. It's up to Stallone to save the day and blow them all away, which he does with aplomb.

I don't think I'll be the only one who is schocked at how well this turned out. Stallone is in top form, the directing and scenic shots are beautiful, the story is well-wrought, the gore unbelievable. You have to be into this sort of thing of course but if you're looking for CGI-free old-school 80's style action, there's no going wrong with this one. Best one in the whole series! Sorry for assuming you were washed up Sly...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rambo is back, April 8 2010
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Mike P (Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rambo (Widescreen) (DVD)
When I first heard that they were doing a new Rambo I was happy and affraid. I was a little scared that it will not be as good as the first three. But I was wrong. Stallone still can do it. My only complaint is they made too many version of the same movie. Full Screen, Widescreen, some of them only in english, other ones in english and french. Why don't just do one, widescreen with french and english audio track? That will be easier that way, no?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Long Road Back, Dec 19 2009
John Rambo is back -- and so, more importantly, is Sylvester Stallone, the artist and filmmaker. With RAMBO and last year's triumphant ROCKY BALBOA, Stallone has reclaimed the respect and admiration accorded him early in his career, when his performance as a down-on-his-luck prize fighter from Philadelphia inspired comparisons to Brando and his attendant screenplay was praised for its gritty realism and fragile romanticism. There is plenty of the former and precious little of the latter in the brutal landscape Stallone has committed to celluloid with RAMBO, but that's as it should be; this isn't a live-action cartoon -- it's a nasty, grim, and uncompromising portrait of the savagery of war.

Unfortunately, what all this means is that while RAMBO represents a new peak for the series, the sheer volume and disturbing realism of the carnage onscreen is wearing and anyone expecting the bombastic "fun" of previous installments is missing the point. Even with a relatively compact running time of just over ninety minutes, the relentless fatalism espoused by the haunted Vietnam vet makes RAMBO seem like a much longer movie. That's not a criticism -- if anything, it's a reflection of just how thoroughly Stallone has come to inhabit this character, for we feel the weight of Rambo's world-weariness in each and every frame.

On a final note, kudos to Stallone for resisting the temptation to "water down" his vision of RAMBO to secure a PG rating; John Rambo and Sylvester Stallone are back, integrity intact.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Latest Rambo Film, March 25 2009
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H. Reindel "Kaptin" (Toronto) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rambo [Import] (DVD)
Typical of Rambo violence and extremely graphic in the splatter platter end of things. Definitely not for the younger set or the squemish. He still doen't say much, which is typical of Rambo. This one is his most violent but all in all a good movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic, Dec 12 2008
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Greg Curtis - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rambo (Widescreen) (DVD)
At first glance, it would appear the sexagenarian Sylvester Stallone has gone senile. Dredging up hits from his youth to salvage a fading career seems sad, first with 2006's Rocky Balboa (the sixth in that franchise) and now with Rambo (the fourth). But Rambo is actually a good film.

In First Blood (1982), Rambo stood up for himself against a prejudiced town; in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) he stood up for Americans still held captive in Vietnam; in Rambo III (1988) he stood up ' perhaps now regretfully ' for Afghanis overrun by Soviet forces. And in Rambo, he stands up for Christian missionaries kidnapped by sadistic Burmese soldiers.

In a decade devoid of action stars, Stallone proves he's still got it. He has aged well, but refrains from taking off his shirt this time around, perhaps to disguise his softening muscle tone. It's a shame today's primary target audience was born after his heyday, who may consider him an icon of their parents' era. But Stallone has had a fascinating career, from highs like his Oscar nomination for Rocky to lows such as Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Yet, to continue working as an actor, he's smart to resurrect a role in which he was typecast and can never escape.

And it's nice to revisit this character two decades later. The tragic and complex Rambo, who never found happiness in the world, is now working as a boatman in Thailand. But after spending twenty years living in peace, it seems unlikely he would suddenly volunteer his services as a killer ' his motive is not apparent. On the other hand, perhaps it's a part of him he can no longer repress. After all, the first film was an indictment of the American military system, which trained young men to kill in Vietnam and then tossed the survivors aside. As Rambo says, 'When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing.' His exploits allow viewers suffering from frustration to vicariously live out their subconscious need for mayhem.

And there is plenty of it. While no moviegoer would buy a ticket to Rambo and expect a deeply cathartic story sans gore, the movie offers exactly what the franchise is known for: a high-body count, excessive blood, and incredible sound.

Directed and written by Stallone himself, Rambo succeeds where most films of late do not ' its stunts are believable, and he thankfully does not resort to flying people during the fight sequences. Although the film is populated with the aforementioned missionaries, a gaggle of mercenaries (who come off as bumbling cartoons next to the lethal Rambo), and the villainous Burmese, none of the performances stand out -- Stallone was also smart enough to cast capable actors who wouldn't overshadow him. Fans of the series will miss the late Richard Crenna, who played Rambo's mentor Colonel Trautman in the first three films, though Crenna does appear in one of Rambo's dreams.

It's impossible and impractical to compare this movie to Disney's action-adventures or summer blockbusters, but Rambo delivers pure 80's nostalgia'Hell hath no fury than a Rambo scorned. Rating: 7 out of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed as a Rambo movie should be!, May 27 2008
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D. Landry (Ottawa) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rambo [Import] (DVD)
Don't even think that Sylvester Stallone is not able to make action movies anymore, heck no! He most definitely proves himself to be an excellent director and outstanding actor, as well as in excellent shape for his age.

Obviously it's not for the young crowd or light hearted because it's very violent and gore-filled with many special effects that are quite convincing. But then again, there is nothing pretty in a situation such as this one in the middle of a genocide.

It was great to see Stallone in yet another great Rambo movie and the only negative point that I may have is that it was too short! Great solid action movie! Loved it!
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