|RAMBO (director/writer: Sylvester Stallone; screenwriters: Art Monterastelli/characters by David Morrell; cinematographer: Glen MacPherson; editor: Sean Albertson; music: Brian Tyler; cast: Sylvester Stallone (John Rambo), Julie Benz (Saran Miller), Ken Howard (Arthur Marsh), Paul Schulze (Michael Burnett), Matthew Marsden (School Boy), Graham McTavish (Lewis), Tim Kang (En-Joo), Rey Gallegos (Diaz), Jake La Botz (Reese), Maung Maung Khin (Tint); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Kevin King - Templeton/Avi Lerner/John Thompson; Lionsgate; 2008)|
by Dennis Schwartz
4th installment of the Rambo series returns with its
senior citizen (60-something) Sylvester
Stallone ("Paradise Alley"/"Rocky Balboa") as
star, writer and director in this leaden action
picture. Rambo is the world-weary, laconic, mumbling,
iconic "killing machine," who supposedly never ages.
War vet John Rambo is a mentally tortured soul living
quietly in a Northern Thailand fishing village, where
he sells snakes and operates a boat. Across the border
in Burma a long-lasting bloody civil war rages. Rambo
is approached by American Christian missionaries Sarah (Julie Benz) and
Michael Bennett (Paul Schulze) to
transport them in his boat up the Salween
River to Burma so they can dispense medicine, supplies
and prayer books to the needy Karen villagers. After
he reluctantly brings them to their destination, he
becomes concerned when they don't return. Rambo then
goes in search of them with a team of tough mercenary
McTavish, Matthew Marsden, Tim Kang, Rey Gallegos,
Jake La Botz) and rescues them from
from the Burmese junta's army camp.
nostalgia action film that's filled with graphic
bloody killings (by bombs, stabbings, bow and arrows,
hand guns, machine guns, and physical force).
One mercenary exclaims, "I've seen some shit, but
never shit like this." That's exactly how I felt about
this unintentionally funny exploitation fantasy film.
REVIEWED ON 2/8/2017 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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