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||Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz,
Paul Schulze, Matthew Marsden, Ken Howard
||For the love of
God leave them at home.
||It's really a
dude's kind of movie, unless she likes that kind of thing.
||Not in a good way.
||Lots of running
and chasing going on.
||When the village
gets attacked for the final time.
||"When war is in
your blood, killing's as easy as breathing."
||Kevin King, Avi
Lerner, Sylvester Stallone, John Thompson
"Rambo" is rated R for strong graphic bloody violence,
sexual assaults, grisly images and language. Iíll ignore the sexual assault side of the movie,
that is just a bummer, but in the history of moviedom I
canít remember any film that has the level of carnage inflicted
by both the good boys and the bad boys. People are
dismembered; People are blown apart; People are decapitated;
People get holes blown through them; People get arrows
through their heads; and all with blood and body parts flying
through the air looking like that frog in a blender cartoon
on the internet
from years ago. And, oh yea, thereís something going on with
some pigs as well. Gotta love a "Rambo" movie! Letís get to
A Movie Review
So thereís John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), living out
his days in Thailand, near the Burmese border, hunting for snakes,
giving fish to the locals, and being surly. Heís got a boat
and doesnít have the urge to kill people. Life is good. Sure
thereís turmoil around him as the armies destroy villages,
murder and rape the women while enslaving the boys into
their army, but John does his best to ignore it all. Enter a
group of do-gooders. Yup, they want to take medical supplies
and spread the word of Jesus to those tormented and injured
in the villages, and the easiest way to get there is via
Rambo, at first, wants nothing to do with their
travel plans because he knows the truth of what is going on
there and also knows some penicillin and bibles wonít save
the people, but Sarah (Julie Benz) convinces him that even
though he might be down on what they do for a life calling,
it is their decision nonetheless. Reluctantly John takes
them up river, and even with Rambo saving their lives during
the trip, the lead missionary, Michael, (Paul Schulze) wants to
rat him out for what he did.
John heads back to his life, the missionaries find out
maybe itís not the safest thing doing good, and when they arenít heard from their pastor asks Rambo if
heíll lead a group of mercenaries to where he left them so
the mercenary dudes can hopefully rescue them.
Rambo, of course, realizes the holy hell that the
mercenaries have in store for them, and he knows that if
Sarah is still alive, well, he is probably the only one that can
really save her.
Needless to say it is Rambo who saves the day, preferring
his machete and bow & arrows to take out the enemy, and itís
easy to say that the "we arenít for killing"
people might have a
slightly different attitude about the supplies the Burmese
Look, a "Rambo" movie isnít rocket science, although
there can never be any as good as the original "First
Blood," but this version will give you enough
testosterone to get you through the hour and a half, and
maybe even help you realize the brutal killings that go on
in some of these war-torn places like Burma, now Myanmar.
Sylvester Stallone is his grizzly best as the aging John
Rambo, and even though he has been given some critical
acclaim for a few roles ("Cop Land" for one), I think
realizes that his legacy will be for two roles, Rocky and
John Rambo, and in the last year he has given us two great
movies to close out those roles. Hopefully he wonít
revisit either character because I do like the closure for
them, but it might be fun to see him reprise the John
Spartan role in "Demolition Man 2."
I really enjoyed "Rambo" for giving me exactly what I was
looking for in the violence quotient, and then multiplying
that by about 1,000%, and rather than being preachy with
dialogue about the trouble going on in Burma, what better
way then with a visual aid of the soldiers placing bets on
which captive gets blown up first while crossing a mine
field. Itís 4 stars out of 5!
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!