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Rambo

A movie directed by Sylvester Stallone

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A simply told sory of good versus evil with barrels of fake blood and great special effcts.

  • Apr 17, 2009
Rating:
+5
Many years ago, a then famous novelist named John Hersey wrote an anti-war novel about WWII pilot Buzz Marrow. Marrow loved war and didn't want see his war end. It was because of people like Marrow, the war lovers, that wars existed maintained Hersey.

Well, some people are born to be soldiers and we Americans are much better off for the Pattons, Washingtons, Grants and many others whose names are not famous, but who believed enough in the nation to put their lives at risk.

Relatively few people have ever read the original David Morrell novel "First Blood" that gave birth to John Rambo, a man for whom the Vietnam war never ended. Sylvester Stallone turned Rambo into a fire breathing patriot and the world (of cinema and American culture, at least) has never been the same.

A much older Rambo lives now in Southeast Asia. (Hasrd to believe that Stallone is 62!) He captures snakes and runs a rickety old river boat for a living. Rambo is still the very conflicted man, a man born for war trying to live peacefully.

Some missionaries - caricatured as hopelessly naive, optimistic and frankly lacking in rationality - want Stallone to take them into Burma. The film opens with a montage of the political and military violence in Burma to provide a bare minimum storyline for the film to rest on.

John Rambo wants no part of them: he asks if they know that Burma is a war zone and if they have weapons. Yes to the first question, no to the second and Rambo says no. Later, the fiancee of one of the missionaries persuades him to take them. Rambo's conflict comes to the surface when they encounter a boatload of river pirates. He tries everything to placate the pirates and when then doesn't work . . . well, he is John Rambo, isn't he?

Do I have to tell you that the missionaries are captured by the Burmese military in an orgy of mayhem, violence, murder, sadism and rape? Do I have to tell you that this movie obviously had a huge budget for special effects? Do you really think that a gunshot wound in this film looks like dab of ketchup on a shirt? Nope. Limbs fly, heads shatter and blood flows by the barrel. These bad guys are really, truly bad.

Another missionary approaches John Rambo and asks him to take a team of mercenaries to rescue the captured missionaries. Rambo refuses; Rambo then accepts his date with destiny.

The mercenaries are a rag tag group who try to goad the silent, taciturn Rambo. When they disembark to start on their rescue mission, they tell Rambo, the "boat man" to stay with the boat while they go do men's work.

When the mercenaries encounter some bad guys, they sure glad that Rambo tagged along behind them. After saving them, Rambo now becomes the leader.

The rest of the film is the rescue and the race to safety.

Lots of gore, lots of mayhem, lots of great, adrenaline stimulating action.

This is a classic American movie. The lone gunman against hordes of bad guys. Rambo is smarter and meaner than a million zillion bad guys - that's the joy of movies, isn't it?

This is a movie for people who like action movies. The storyline is paper thin. The Rambo character is one we are familiar and comfortable with. If you didn't like Rambo before, you won't like Rambo now. The other characters are all cartoons.

None of that matters. What matters is the basic ethos: good guy faces impossible odds - good guy wins. For the benefit of the foreign markets that are so important to the financial success of American films, there isn't any flag waving. But there is a lot of action, a lot of violence, great special effects.

In short, a very satisfying movie for those who like this kind of film. Others might be well advised to stay away.

Jerry

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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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