Sylvester Stallone is back as Rambo!
Twenty years after the last film in the series, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has retreated to northern Thailand, where he's running a longboat on the Salween River. On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world's longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. But Rambo, who lives a solitary, simple life in the mountains and jungles fishing and catching poisonous snakes to sell, has long given up fighting, even as medics, mercenaries, rebels and peace workers pass by on their way to the war-torn region.That all changes when a group of human rights missionaries search out the "American river guide" John Rambo.
When Sarah (Julie Benz) and Michael Bennett (Paul Schulze) approach him, they explain that since last year's trek to the refugee camps, the Burmese military has laid landmines along the road, making it too dangerous for overland travel. They ask Rambo to guide them up the Salween and drop them off, so they can deliver medical supplies and food to the Karen tribe. After initially refusing to cross into Burma, Rambo takes them and drops them off close to one of the Karen villages.
Less than two weeks later, he receives a visit from a pastor tellng him the aid workers did not return and the embassies have not helped locate them. The pastor has mortgaged his home and raised money from his congregation to hire mercenaries to free the missionaries, who are being held captive by the Burmese army. Although the United States military trained him to be a lethal super soldier in Vietnam, decades later Rambo's reluctance for violence and conflict are palpable, his scars faded, yet visible. However, the lone warrior knows what he must do...
Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone
It's a Long Road: Resurrection of an Icon
Courage and Inspiration: The Musical Legacy of Jerry Goldsmith
The Art of War: Completing Rambo
Preparing a Warrior
Legacy of Despair
Audio Commentary with Additional Branching Video Featurrettes
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Did you bring any weapons? Then you ain't changing anything.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 28/03/2012 18:26:54
Stallone went out to make an old fashioned style action movie, with next to no CGI but using old school action sequences, stunts and explosions, it definitely delivers. With a running time of barely over 80 minutes, it flies by at a break neck pace heading towards a climatic battle that brilliantly and brutally goes on for almost ten solid minutes and I enjoy every second of it, cheering at the screen as each of the evil, nasty and short Burmese soldiers are blown to pieces or decapitated one by one, blood soaking the screen, this movie is not for the faint hearted, although once you get used to the idea of the extreme violence it increasingly becomes easier to digest.
Pulsating, mindless macho action aside, this movie sadly brings very little in the way of a plot or decent story development. Had Sly put a little more thought in it, it could have been quite an epic movie. Instead, its story is pretty much a mix of those of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III and it takes up only the first 20 minutes to half an hour of the movie, then is left on the river bank as Rambo takes his rag tag mercenaries up river to Burma to kick some ass! Another very noticeable flaw is Sly's inability to create any remotely rounded or interesting characters. A whole collection of flat two dimensional characters support the lead character as he comes to terms once again with who is, what he was born to be and what he is trained to do.
I think there is only one female lead with dialogue and I found she really had no meat to chew into in regards of a decent relationship with John Rambo. I know Stallone can write pretty deep and amazing characters, a re watch of the original 1977 Rocky establishes that fact instantly but here and pretty much so in Rocky Balboa too, we are given a one man show where all the attention is pretty much aimed at how one man feels, thinks and acts. As this movie is based on what life is really like for the people of Burma, its deeply upsetting torture scenes and village raids, of which Sly researched immensely to make it as realistic as possible are enough to leave you shocked and horrified at what is actually going on over there, also helping make this movie more relevant and meaningful than your average shoot-em-up flick. Composer Brian Tyler brings back Jerry Goldsmiths classic theme "It's a long road" from the original First blood movie and brings his own stirring and emotional score to help bring a heightened level of sympathy to many of of the documentary like scenes of torture and brutality of innocent villagers. Giving credit where credit is due, I think Sly did a brilliant job with directing this movie, where he lacked in story telling and character development he brings a very gritty and grainy rough feel to the screen and lots of hand held camera work make you feel part of the picture and at Rambo's side, if not, being the man himself, lots of rain and brooding colour drained shots really capture the tortured beauty of the earthy locations, I think it is a shame Stallone isn't as respected a director as he clearly deserves to be.
Stallone fully achieves what he sets out to do, bringing back to the big screen, a masculine, pumped up old school action movie with a message, bringing a serious issue to light but solves it in a way that is very satisfying to watch if totally impossible.
Looking stunning on Blu Ray with some great documentaries too.
RAMBO "Doing what he does best and proving he has still got it by the bucket load now in his 60s, if it is a fast paced ultra violent action fest you want to fill 80 minutes of your time, RAMBO, is your man!"
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 08/03/2012 15:12:14
Greatness. True lads Film. You can't watch it with your girl, She just won't understand the Greatness.
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LIVE FOR NOTHING OR DIE FOR SOMETHING... BRILLIANT FILM...
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 31/12/2011 20:41:55
RAMBO ON BLU-RAY - TOP QUALITY
This is a fantastic film once again stallone shows even at 60 he can still make great movies. so i take my hat off to sly & lets hope he makes rambo 5 im a huge fan of stallone [ GREAT ACTOR ].
The picture quality is top notch it's crystal clear and so sharp, the colours are superb rich & deep which makes this great film stand out.
The sound quality is awesome on my sony cinema system it's so crisp & clear to get the true sound you need to turn up the volume it is better when you watch it in the dark.
IF YOUR A STALLONE FAN IT'S A MUST FOR THE BLU-RAY COLLECTION... ACTION AT IT'S BEST... SO ENJOY...
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL RAMBO FANS...
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Most brutal Rambo yet...
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 03/02/2011 19:12:39
Have this one on dvd and love it...
Can someone tell me if this blu-ray has Dutch subtitles?
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Top action film, OTT blood and gore really works
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 07/01/2011 09:52:01
Great setting and great plot for a Rambo film, believable scenario.
Be prepared to watch a porridge fest of gore on the screen.
When I put this on for people, you get a mixture of uncomfortable laughter and cries of OMG thats nasty.
Not one for people with weak stomachs, but certainly one for those that want to believe what theyre watching and be totally gripped by the action.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 25/11/2010 14:20:30
Great brutal action film, stallone back to one of his best loved characters! Top action with plenty of violence and gore, good storyline which is all packed into a hour and a half. Top movie and i also recomened the original Rambo's top films.
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Enhancing the best films!!! Brilliant!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 12/10/2010 11:42:20
This is one of the best films i have ever seen. I loved every minute of it.
Completely action packed at Stallone at his utter best. This comepletey brings rambo into the all time best action movie loved books.
Great directing, great acting, great story and dialogue, and most of all the violence is INSANE!!!!! half the movie is blood and gore and very realistic action..
I recommend this and also recommend the expendables
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THE REAL RAMBO
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/10/2009 14:56:17
First the quality comments , good sound , great picture , i bought the dvd when it first came out instead of the blue-ray copy , just incase i didn't like the film , i thought it may have been ok , but because of the time factor from the earlier three films it may not have fitted in . How wrong i was , yes first blood was the best story , but because of restrictions at the time and to obtain a wider viewing public , john rambo was watered down a wee bit . He still became a national hero , but in this latest offering we actualy see the real rough and tough solider and no punchers pulled , when asked u.s. Marines confirmed that rambo was the first major film to show what damage a 35mm gun could create . Overall yes a little o.t.t. But if this is to be the last film , what a way to go . A great action film , a great transfer to blue-ray , very much recommended , well done sly.
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The LEGEND returns
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 16/09/2009 12:57:32
I was always gonna like this movie on the account of being a massive Stallone and Rambo fan.
The film is well made, tight 90 min running time and a good story, relevant to what is actually going on in Burma.
Be warned the film is very Gory and Violent in parts. Much more than the previous 3 in the series.
Performance wise, well Stallone is RAMBO, even though he is a little subdued and beaten down with time and age this time.
The last scene was brilliant - bring on Number 5.
If you are already a RAMBO fan then it is a 4/5. And if you are new in class then probably a 3/5.
P.S - check out the extras bit with the little doc-u about the Burma situation. Interesting
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 07/09/2009 20:29:31
This is the best action film ever made!!!! Before this film i was not much of a fan of stallone, but i was blown away by how amazing this movie really is!! Great directing, great acting, great story and dialogue, and most of all the violence is insane!!!!! Half the movie is blood and gore and very realistic action.. This is a must have in your collection
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