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Live For Nothing Or Die For Something

  • May 28, 2009
2008 really did open with a bang & Rambo had no great competition at the local box office. Cloverfield?? Please, you've got to be kidding. I would take Rambo any given day of the week rather than torture myself again with Cloverfield. Thanks again sly for saving the day!

The latest installment in the Rambo series doesn't bare the number 4 but is certainly a welcomed return of our favorite hero. John has long since sworn off fighting again but now captures & sells exotic snakes for a living. When approached by two young missionaries for assistance in delivering aid to needy people in the Thai-Burmese border, he initially refuses. Eventually, he does break down & takes them to their destination.

As fate would have it, the do-good missionaries are in dire need of help & they're days on Earth may be numbered if John doesn't step in. As one can guess, John again packs his machete & leads a pack of mercenaries on a rescue mission to the save the people from their treacherous surroundings. 

I will admit that this is, by far, one of the best Rambo films I've seen since the second one. We can simply forget part 3 & focus all our attention on the latest installment. Stallone really gives us a run for our money this time around. It's bloody, it's extremely graphic, & there are some very disturbing scenes which actually stick in your mind long after the credits roll. The burmese goons are not strangers to torturing as their victims are subject to brutal assaults (rape), skull crushing, & being fed to wild animals among other inhumanities. Trust me, Stallone gives us a very hardcore look at war this time around.

Gone is the cartoonish side of Rambo which we loved in our pre-teens. (I do remember the cartoon very well in the '80's.) Now we have a serious killing machine out to make things right on the warfront & this film is a thrill-a-minute. Stallone is in his early sixties & looks great! He's still built like a rock statue but our hearts may still melt at the end of the film when he bequeaths his half grin. We love you Stallone!!!! Thank you again!

Rambo reminds me of several things that I've learned in life. If you can't stand up & fight for what is right, then what is your raison d'etre? If you can't protect from the weak from the strong, then what good are you? Thumbs up!
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October 28, 2010
This was so much better than I thought it would be.
February 05, 2010
cloverfield is absolute shit
February 05, 2010
I know, right? LOL
November 06, 2009
I liked this movie! It was gory and quite intense!
November 06, 2009
Thnks Woo! I loved the First Blood films as a youngster but this may very well be my favorite. I've seen this one quite a few times & I was pretty impressed. Definitely an intense piece of work & Stallone still has staying power in my book.
May 30, 2009
Those steroids weren't for nothing I guess. I saw the preview for this in the theater and I thought he looked kind of scary in a bad way. I guess I hadn't seen him in a very long time. I have heard a lot of good things about this movie however. But its still going to be one of those "only for free" flix for me. (There was a Rambo cartoon?)
May 30, 2009
This was easily one of my favorite Rambo films. It's pretty violent of course but I think he did an excellent job with it. Gosh, I must be one of the only people in the world who remembers the cartoon. Heh. Go to youtube sometime & see if there are some of the cartoons online. I remember seeing some about a year & a half ago I think. Smiles
May 30, 2009
I'll have to make a note to check that out. I suppose they had someone else doing his voice work.
May 30, 2009
Heh. He never says much during the entire film. I think we hear a grunt or two. Then of course he delivers the infamous line where he advises the mercenries they can either live for nothing or die for something. This is only Rambo film that ever jerked tears from me if that helps. It's very powerful. Let me know if you check it out & give me your take on it.
May 30, 2009
I don't remember who did the voice of John Rambo in the cartoon but I used to love this as a kid.
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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), thenRambo(2008) is for you. Without so much as aIVto 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.

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