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Randall Emmett, George Furla, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Andreas Thiesmeyer, Jon Feltheimer, Peter Block, Bob Weinstein, Florian Lechner, Avi Lerner, John Thompson, Josef Lautenschlager, Joachim Sturmes, Christopher Petzel, Art Monterastelli
Non-stop violence is too overpowering for kids.
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It's an unfortunate ending for a once-great screen character who deserves to be known for more than the waste he laid to others.
I know my credibility could take a hit here, but I am man enough to admit that I enjoyed watching Rambo once again don his famous headband and shoot enemies with his trusty bow and arrow.
It's not the perfect Rambo film I was hoping for, but it was a pretty entertaining one.
The mouthiest mercenary, a surly Brit, is given the best line to snarl at our hero: "You can drop that thousand-yard stare. I've seen it all before, and I'm not impressed." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
If bringing back Rocky and Rambo opens him up to more ridicule from the likes of me, it(TM)s also the kind of challenge at which he excels. Idiotic as Rocky Balboa was, the punches landed, and Rambo works on its own debased terms, too.
90 minutes of violence. No more, no less.
No longer is Rambo killing for a cause, but for kicks. And his portentous blather, even by Rambo standards, becomes unintentionally hilarious.
Sly may be a crass tyrannosaurus, but he's not a fake
As the current obsession with Reagan suggests, it's back to fantasyland!
The orgy of violence, as ghastly as in any video game, should go a long way toward erasing whatever goodwill Stallone earned with his sentimental Rocky Balboa.
The enemies so comically monstrous and their deaths so gory, that you may just throw your head back and roar with laughter.
Straightforward wish fulfillment -- imagine what crimes against humanity we could punish if we had real, indestructible Rambos.
As vehement in its stereotyping as World War II propaganda.
Light on plot, heavy on violence - Rambo isn't for everyone, however I think it perfectly appeals to the video game crowd.
Now we are no longer observing the icon... we are the icon.
Rambo hits his stride in the film's second half, meting out justice in an unjust world and ultimately the movie works best when warbling its out-of-tune greatest hits.
(Rambo) really only has 3-4 minutes of redeeming entertainment.
This time, it's impersonal.
None of this is beyond what you'd expect -- or fear -- from a Rambo movie. What is inexcusable is the moral self-congratulation the movie trades on, attaching itself to the plight of the Burmese people.
A grim, hyperviolent send-off that could give you post-traumatic stress disorder.
This violence contains a movie, but only intermittently.
Well-shot and well-edited violence porn.
"So they send in the devil to do God's work," says a hulking Australian mercenary, part of the rescue attempt. "It's ironic, isn't it?" Highly ironic. The implications of that irony are not explored in the movie.
Suspiciously wrinkle-resistant Stallone in comeback, a Rambo in serious need of anger management and not too shy to get into a little ripping out of throats with bare hands and selective disemboweling too.
A brutish, brutal and simplistic orgy of violence.
Never, not even in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, has Hollywood depicted Asians with more prejudice. To what end?
Stunningly, unrelentingly violent.
Do you want disembowelment and decapitation with your popcorn? Is gore glorious? Is brutality orgasmic? Is spurting blood the fountain of fun? If so, Rambo is 4 U.
"You know what you are. What you're made of. War is in your blood. Don't fight it. You didn't kill for your country. You killed for yourself. God's never gonna make that go away. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing." John Rambo has always gotten a bad rap, as he's perpetually misconstrued by both the supporting characters in his films as well as the cynical movie-goers of the outside world who dismiss him as a joke. This is, of course, because the iconic action hero is best remembered as a cartoonish, buff instrument of American vengeance from 1985's Rambo: First Blood Part II and 1988's Rambo III. Due to this, people have forgotten that the first outing of John Rambo, 1982's First Blood, was an action-drama dealing with America's post-Vietnam disillusionment and one man's failed fight to reincorporate himself into society. For 2008's Rambo (a.k.a. Rambo IV), Sylvester Stallone (who co-wrote and directed in addition to starring) returned the character to his roots; emulating the tone and emotion of First Blood in order to craft a gritty, poignant war picture that doesn't skimp on the action. What's truly daring about Rambo - and what a lot of critics have missed - was Stallone's decision to resurrect the ironic warrior to lament his soul rather than celebrate his strength. The story, expectedly, is simple and direct. Twenty years have passed since John Rambo (Stallone) saved Colonel Trautman from Russian forces in Afghanistan, and he now lives the life of a recluse in Thailand desperate to evade his personal demons. As the film opens, a group of Christian missionaries approach Rambo seeking passage into the heart of Burma, as they wish to bring medical supplies and prayer books to the war-town country. Rambo reluctantly accepts the offer, but is wary of the dangerous terrain. Days after, Rambo learns that the missionaries were captured by the Burmese military. Choosing to assume his psychologically tattered soldier mentality and launch into battle once again, Rambo joins a group of mercenaries as they head into Burma on a rescue mission. Stallone chose to preface Rambo with authentic documentary footage depicting the actual situation in Burma, which has endured what is described as the longest-running civil war in history. This horrific footage effectively places the story in a real-world context - it's made clear that the atrocities taking place in Burma are real, rather than part of the screenwriter's imagination. In this sense, Stallone and co-writer Art Monterastelli utilised Burma as a framework within which they constructed a typical action movie. Yet, within the simplistic framework there are layers of complexity that may be easily missed. For instance, the Burmese soldiers appear to be the epitomy of one-dimensional evil since they slaughter villagers and enjoy gang-raping women. However, the documentary footage prefacing the film reveals that thousands of these soldiers are kidnapped boys who are forced into the army and dehumanised into soulless killing machines. Ultra high body counts have become a staple of the series, and Rambo does not disappoint in this sense. The levels of gore push the R-rating to the very brink, yet the unremitting violence is not as joyously self-indulgent as previous Rambo adventures. See, there's more to Rambo than just carnage. The film builds with a palpable intensity, and the first half depicts Rambo reluctantly working his way back to his former self to confront the life he tried to leave behind. Through depicting the Burma atrocities in explicit detail, the film additionally offers a social commentary and manages to shed light on the realities of life in the country (the film has done more for Burma awareness than the UN). Thus, this entry to the series is more about authenticity and gritty realism, mirroring the tone of First Blood. Rambo is not perfect, of course - it's largely generic (at times painfully so), the dialogue is risible on occasion, and the tonal shifts can be problematic - but the positives outweigh the negatives. Yet, all of this is probably looking too deeply into what is a taut, expertly crafted shoot-'em-up of pure awesomeness. You attend Rambo movies to watch the titular badass laying waste to hundreds of bad guys, and this fourth instalment offers exactly that. In prior Rambo sequels, Rambo was dropped in some hellhole to rescue a bunch of people before he breaks them out, kills the bad guys and escapes. Rambo '08 stays true to the formula, except - as previously stated - there's a lot more grit. Stallone is never shirtless at any point, and the cheesy music was replaced with Brian Tyler's harrowing, exceptional score. Rambo even works as a member of a team, as opposed to taking down hundreds of soldiers single-handedly. Up until Rambo, Sly had never directed an action film, but his excellent handling of the material here belies his inexperience. Sly may have utilised a shaky-cam approach, yet the style benefits the picture and is at no point distracting. And my word, the picture delivers in terms of action - the final battle is a celluloid tribute to the blood-soaked mayhem of the '80s. For all the criticisms Rambo endured, the violence is deserved: it characterises the villains, and provides the audience with a sweet sense of vengeance. Sylvester Stallone is cold as ice in his performance as Rambo, and he brought to the role a sense of menace that has been lacking in previous entries. John Rambo is truly scary here; he's a powder keg waiting to explode, and he certainly does explode once the action shifts to the camp where the missionaries are held captive. It's not an Oscar-worthy performance, but it is more nuanced than most will admit. Julie Benz is also effective as a Christian missionary named Sarah. While Rambo jumps through hoops for Sarah, she is not a love interest. Sarah is Rambo's prime motivation for battling the Burmese army, but it's because she profoundly touched his soul. In the supporting cast there's also Matthew Marsden and Graham McTavish, both of whom are standouts as mercenaries. There are others in the cast, but suffice it to say every actor hit their mark. Infused with a poignant social commentary to provide sufficient context for the action, Rambo exists to call attention to the atrocities in Burma in addition to providing a fitting end for John J. Rambo. In First Blood, Rambo's breakdown in the film's final minutes left us with the sense that he wanted to discover who he is and put the past behind him. This theme was never brought full circle in the following two sequels, but Rambo '08 does exactly that: providing the ending that fans have yearned for since the commencement of the franchise. One could argue I've read too much into Rambo, but I believe critics are not reading enough. It would be a shame for a viewer's preconceptions to overwhelm Stallone's achievements, which goes for both the cynical critics looking to be critical as well as the action fans seeking a fix. There is a beating heart at the core of Rambo, whether you wish to notice it or not. Interesting to note, Sylvester Stallone's director's cut of Rambo is the superior edit. It fleshes out the characters more effectively, and the film as a whole feels more cohesive and complete. However, the director's cut excludes a few moments which are sorely missed (for instance, Rambo's badass monologue while forging his machete).
Using real life atrocities, and terrible human suffering as a back drop/excuse for a violent action film doesn't sit right with me. It is extremely violent and gives out a terrible message, the first film made a really interesting point and raised a good question, the second was a silly action film and the third, well, I'm guess Stallone doesn't talk about that one much anymore, but this part of the franchise I like the least. It's bloodthirsty, arrogant and just plain wrong. It's sad that in today's society this film isn't questioned, it's accepted far too easily for my comfort.
In many ways, this is the most brutal action movie i've seen. There is so much carnage and blood that you can't help but see John Rambo's life in full. It's one thing to hear about Burma on the news, but another to see them getting blown in half on screen. Sylvester Stallone really knows the character and story better than anyone else, something tell me that he should have been directing the movie series from the get go. This has a great story and everything you could ask for in an action movie. It is by far the best in the series next to First Blood and if it were not for the pathetic church group that was a little too pathetic, it would easily be my favorite.
I'm still annoyed at how the Rambo franchise devolved into cheesy messages, egocentric writing, and over-the-top acting. However, as an action movie, this isn't too bad. It's well shot and the quality is there. It also avoids cheesy action and has hardcore realistic violence. In fact it's so hardcore it does get a bit ridiculous. Guns ripping off limbs, heads exploding, children being thrown into fires. Stallone is obviously trying to inform us about the goings on in Burma, but rather than give us an education, he instead kills people. The films message of violence is also not particularly well handled. I get that sometimes violence IS the answer, but when they start showing everyone killing without a care in the world it descends into anarchy. The most enjoyable of the sequels, even if just to satisfy a bit of blood lust. Thank god the dialogue is kept to a minimum.
Intense and visceral, a blood-soaked action flick that is quite appalling in its pessimistic speech that maybe the only useful weapon against brutality in the world is brutality itself.
A real surprise. It's a pure blood and guts action classic. Rambo is back and better than ever. Probaly the best one since First Blood. Directed and written by Stallone with such energy and fearless velocity. A slick and well-crafted adventure. An intense, shocking, eye-popping, head-bashing, bone-crunching, blood-thristy and exhilerating action-packed thrill-machine. Awsome adreniline-pumping action entertainment. It's truly heart-pounding, very thrilling and incrediably exhilerating. Sylvester Stallone gives a teriffic action-hero performance, bringing back the darkness, regret, wearyness and emotion that made Rambo one of his most popular characters ever. Stallone proves here that he's still a legend. A riveting and straight-forward edge of your seat adventure that you cant get enough of. An escape to old-school action movie fun.
Ive never been a fan of the Rambo movies & Im not a fan of this one either
Rambo for me was a lot like Tom Cruise's performance in Tropic Thunder. I expected next to nothing, somehow managed to end up pleasantly surprised for a while there then when he refused to ease off the clutch he fell flat on his silly ass again and I got turned off. And that's what Stallone does with Rambo IV. I expected nothing as every other Rambo movie gave us nothing--weak plot, horrific acting, the occasional terrible one-liner, entertaining action and that's about it. Same thing here, no surprise. Didn't mind it too much. Then the grisly, over the top action (honestly, the only reason I bothered with this movie) kicked in. And I love grisly, over the top action but here it just seemed ridiculous and pointless. I actually laughed for a few minuted but once I realized it went on too long that was it. I'm sure if I was drunk I wouldn't have minded. I do thank Stallone for keeping his shirt on and not subjecting us to the large piece of boiled chicken he calls his body. Other than a few unintentionally funny parts this movie was a fart out of the ass of Rambo 3. Thanks to Stallone for trying to hold it in for so long but we all know they've got to come out sometime...
When your pushed killing's as easy as breathing. I absolutely loved this movie. The guy @ Family Video said this was gory & he was right. But setting that aside it was pretty awesome watching Sly blow the heads off of the bad Bermese soldiers. Very good action flick. :)
On an artistic level, this film's value is questionable, but I think mostly good...or at least tries. On an entertainment level, the film is great. This film is definitely the runner up in the series, but does come a bit close at times to matching the first entry. The story is okay, but like many action films, there's only just enough plot to provide a reason for tons of action, violence, blood, and gore. Those are all things that this film has more than enough of. That's not a bad thing though. Stallone is actually a really competent director, and under his direction, the violence and action aren't wasted. There's a moral center to the film, and it doesn't come off as too hokey, cheesy, or preachy, but it does have a clear stance on an important issue. How the film deals with that issue is where you could debate for hours on its merits and effectiveness. This is a more mature Rambo. Not having any of the cheesiness of parts 2 and 3 really helps. Like Rocky Balboa, this film strives for a tone closer to the first film. In the case of this film though, it's not nearly as close as Rocky Balboa is. It's close though. I feel that this film is too short, but I don't really know what to add except for some more character development. The acting is decent (for what a film like this needs), but could have been better. It's clear Stallone wanted a Rambo more appropriate for his age, time, and to best fit the way the world is now, and he succeeded. Overall, this is a decently satisfying experience, despite its flaws- like being a bit predictable here and there. He's spent years trying to achieve peace and put his past to rest, but Rambo still can't quite let go. He's gotten amazingly close, but finds himself forced to unearth his long buried but lethal set of skills in order to rescue a group of missionaries being held captive by the ruthless Burmese army and their vicious leader. Ordinarily Rambo wouldn't care, but he's regained some of his humanity and conscience, and I liked how the film handled the characters return to his old ways, but did so in a way that felt realistic and grounded. This film probably has the most overt political and social message about it, and I liked it, although it can be hard to defend or justify the means used to solve problems. I mean, it's 91 minutes long, and there's a body count of about 236, so that's roughly over 2.5 kills every 60 seconds! Wow! And this is definitely the most visceral and brutal of the series too, as you see (in detail) bodies get blown to bits or shredded by gunfire instead of just falling down or going up in a puff of smoke. Like I said though, there is a purpose behind it. The film is chock full of action, but there's a lot of down time as well, most of it well spent. When things get cooking though, this is definitely one of the most impressive and jaw dropping carnage fests ever, and it helps that the film actually tries to make it legitimately impactful. All in all, a very satisfying, though still flawed film. What it lacks in overall emotional heft it more than makes up for viscerally. Plus, it's just nice seeing the character again, and the direction they they took him in. Having Goldsmith's old score get reincorporated was a wonderful nostalgic and masterful touch as well.
Sylvester Stallone's Rambo is everything it sets out to be.The story is straightforward and it only requires a little over 80 minutes to get through it all. The plot unveils in a linear fashion and it is a steady climb until its mind blowing finale.The violence is brutal and gratuitous. The villains and setting of the picture also make the action that much more satisfying. It is honest and serious, but at the same time the highlight of everything that happens. The final 10 minutes warrants a standing ovation.Sylvester Stallone shows that he can direct, while also star as the lead with no problem. Julie Benz is a little preachy with her dialogue, but stands out as the lone female. The cast of mercenaries are an interesting bunch as well.Rambo holds nothing back and it delivers its entertainment in a bloody violent fashion. Go see it.
Everything aside, this feels like a re-imagining of the first film, with small tributes to the action in the first two sequels. I cannot say that it is a giant leap forward for the franchise, but it is definitely best sequel to have come out. The action is bloody, gruesome, and awesome, the acting is decent, the story is generic but much more effective than the previous instalments, and I actually felt some emotion this time around. The dialogue is plain, but when there needs to be a strong line, there is no shortage of it being done well. This fourth instalment knew exactly what it wanted to be and knew that there was no room for originality left in this series. It was yet another excuse to have Johnny on the big screen again, but quite honestly, it was just plain awesome! Besides a few scenes that made me cringe and wish they weren't present, this film is a very fun ride!
Sadistic return of the 80s pumped up war-film. This has to be one of the sickest and most disgusting films ever made. This kind of films are aimed for people who thinks that these mindless gore-fests are entertainment. It is just sad to see something this nihilistic. Disgusting.
Rambo is not a great movie, but as a Rambo fan I just felt it was good. John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is living in Myanmar and when a few men vanish there during a civil war attack, a few people ask Rambo to guide them to the Saleem to help the tribe with food and water. When a woman who befriends Rambo is taken, he hires mercenaries to enter the forest and take her back, but its gonna be the goriest and deadliest of Rambos journeys. Sylvester Stallone doesn't talk much as Rambo, but we love him anyway. None of the other actors are interesting, probably becauae Stallone left the spotlight for himself, which was good. The plot is pretty much another Rambo film, with a few better improvements. Although with a slow start and boring actors, this is a great addition to the series.
Fourth entry in the Rambo franchise is one of the most violent films that I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of violent films. The scope of the film is brutal, graphic and is also the goriest and nloodiest Rambo film yet. Yet despite this, this is an excellent fourth film Set on a backdrop of real life atrocities, Rambo IV is a terrific film that proves that a Rambo film hasn't lost it' flair in delivering intense action. Of course the film takes a risk in showingthe suffering in Burma, and I do agree that it's somewhat inapropriate. But you have to look at it from another perspective too, using this the background of Burma atrocities as a story can bring to light some events that we didn't even know was happening in the world. Not only that, but it can also inspire people to maybe wanna do something against such actions. Sylvester Stallone said so himself by making this film he could bring to light these atrocities that people ignore. So in a way, this film is kind of a reality check as well as entertainment. Back to the film itself, usually by the fourth film, a film franchise looses it's spark and becomes tired, repetitive formulaic crap. But this is not the case with Rambo IV. Rambo IV is one intense, pulse pounding fourth entry. The film feels fresh, and doesn't feel strained in delivering the goods. I understand that using true events as a backdrop for an action film is hard for some people to grasp, but at the same it's a good thing because it exposes other important issues that politicians ignore. A terrific cast of actors star alongside Stallone and one noteworthy performance is Julie Benz whom I thought was absolutely terrific. Rambo IV is a thrilling action film that will please diehard Rambo fans, but is also a film that might polarize audiences due to it's extremely violent content. Thought meant for entertertainment, Rambo Iv brings important aspects of violent atrocities in a broken country into public consciousness. A perfect action film that actually has a profound message.
Rambo is back! In the fourth movie of the Rambo series, directed by Sly himself, Rambo goes on a mission to save missionary aid workers and kicks the ass of anyone who goes in his way. Action packed, fun, and bloody! Grade: B+
Surprisingly a lot of fun. Its senseless violence at its best, and Stallone is so good as John Rambo, with some absolutely amazing carnage scenes that kept me glued. Its worth seeing if you don't get easily annoyed by the plot, for some reason, I didn't too much.
I probably shouldn't have wasted my time with the edited version. On the other hand: when did more gore and violence ever make for a better movie? This way, the showdown was rather short and some character's fate entirely unknown. What does that leave left to say about the film? Very few surprises, a one-dimensional hero, no villain to speak of, just decent action sequences. It's also pretty tasteless to start an action film with actual footage of corpses from a civil war region. Rambo used to kill for a cause, now it feels like it's just violence porn. That's not okay.
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