Rambo

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Posted: Mon Feb 18 2008

‘When you’re pushed, killing’s as easy as breathing,’ mumbles John Rambo (Stallone), that Great Redwood of an action hero with the greased mullet and soiled head-band who has lived by a strict code of Reaganisms for nigh-on thirty years. The fact that ‘Rambo’ contains a record-beating 236 on-screen kills suggests that breathing is actually a complex quadratic equation in comparison.

We join our hero in the jungle. He’s quietly tip-toeing through the brush and foraging away. Could it be that America’s foremost patriotic killing machine has decided to hang up his machete and embrace the life of an eco-warrior? Not likely: he spends his days gathering poisonous snakes to spice up local tough-man competitions.

His ‘work’ is interrupted by a group of sappy charity workers wanting to be taken down-river into a Burmese war zone so they can distribute aid to villagers who are being massacred by a tear-away military faction. It doesn’t take much imagination to guess what happens…Workmanlike in every aspect, it thrives ( and partly succeeds) on its dismissal of postmodern detachment.

That ‘Rambo’ opens on real footage of atrocities in Burma is a false start, as this film has no connection to reality and nothing to say about the current political climate. This is 90 minutes of violence. No more, no less.

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Thomas Noctor

Awesome, what bothers me is Juno and No country for old men are getting praised when they are boring rubbish with non sense endings and this got quiet slated. It should be the opposite this is excellent, it just goes to show these 'film critics' are boring people! Rambo is the best of the series and contender for movie of the year! Top notch stuff and it shows the world for what it is wake up critics!

Thomas Noctor

Awesome, what bothers me is Juno and No country for old men are getting praised when they are boring rubbish with non sense endings and this got quiet slated. It should be the opposite this is excellent, it just goes to show these 'film critics' are boring people! Rambo is the best of the series and contender for movie of the year! Top notch stuff and it shows the world for what it is wake up critics!

Dobbalina

Probably the most over the top carnage you're ever likely to see at the cinema. 2D characters, wooden acting and sterotypes abound. In fact there's so many reasons I should have hated this film but I thought it was great!! I'm not sure if it was meant to be tongue in cheek or ironic in any way but it's almost a homage to the uber violent action flicks that the original Rambo films inspired in the eighties.

Dobbalina

Probably the most over the top carnage you're ever likely to see at the cinema. 2D characters, wooden acting and sterotypes abound. In fact there's so many reasons I should have hated this film but I thought it was great!! I'm not sure if it was meant to be tongue in cheek or ironic in any way but it's almost a homage to the uber violent action flicks that the original Rambo films inspired in the eighties.

JJ

Shoot everyone, blow up everything, hunt, kill etc. yes its a Rambo film, what else did I expect, nothing its a 9 out of 10 for me. Roll on number 5........

JJ

Shoot everyone, blow up everything, hunt, kill etc. yes its a Rambo film, what else did I expect, nothing its a 9 out of 10 for me. Roll on number 5........

Steve K

When will Stallone realise that he's 60 years old and no longer the lean mean street fighter from the Rambo Rocky days? He's also about 8 stone heavier. This film was just an excuse to show how to kill someone in the most horrible way. Blow them up on a mine field! Or with a machine gun! Or blow their leg off! Or shoot them with a bow and arrow! I guess the next Rambo film will see him fighting Osama Bin Laden. In the Senior Citizens home.

Steve K

When will Stallone realise that he's 60 years old and no longer the lean mean street fighter from the Rambo Rocky days? He's also about 8 stone heavier. This film was just an excuse to show how to kill someone in the most horrible way. Blow them up on a mine field! Or with a machine gun! Or blow their leg off! Or shoot them with a bow and arrow! I guess the next Rambo film will see him fighting Osama Bin Laden. In the Senior Citizens home.

rajesh

excellent film, had our doubts before going , but got tempted, and we loved it! great filming, my mate had not seem any rambo before and loved it, go watch it!

rajesh

excellent film, had our doubts before going , but got tempted, and we loved it! great filming, my mate had not seem any rambo before and loved it, go watch it!

michael ward

Having seen Rambos 1,2 and 3 I expected nothing less as Rambos 2 and 3 are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

michael ward

Having seen Rambos 1,2 and 3 I expected nothing less as Rambos 2 and 3 are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

iain

well what can i say....quite brilliant!!. had read some poor reviews about this but how wrong they were! sly stallone simply excels in the john rambo role and he doesn't let us down again. basic plot as usual - but who cares!! - the violence comes thick and fast and is extremely graphic as well...great stuff, a must see!!!

iain

well what can i say....quite brilliant!!. had read some poor reviews about this but how wrong they were! sly stallone simply excels in the john rambo role and he doesn't let us down again. basic plot as usual - but who cares!! - the violence comes thick and fast and is extremely graphic as well...great stuff, a must see!!!

nenee

Why do we listen to film critics theyknow nothing, and it proves me right with their rubbish review on this fantastic film. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this film better than any of the others in my opinion. The story is realistic even though very gory, and the action is fantastic, not the usual computer crap that most films dish out these days, which I hate with a passion. IF YOU WANT A CRACKING FILM THEN GO AND WATCH THIS! Stalon at his best, the affects at their best (and realistic) and the story line gripping. I LOVED IT GO AND ENJOY WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!

nenee

Why do we listen to film critics theyknow nothing, and it proves me right with their rubbish review on this fantastic film. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this film better than any of the others in my opinion. The story is realistic even though very gory, and the action is fantastic, not the usual computer crap that most films dish out these days, which I hate with a passion. IF YOU WANT A CRACKING FILM THEN GO AND WATCH THIS! Stalon at his best, the affects at their best (and realistic) and the story line gripping. I LOVED IT GO AND ENJOY WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!

John Rambo

I've never been to a British cinema where everyone has clapped at the end. That is until I saw Rambo. Entertainment at it's best. Seen it twice now. Rambo is a legend,

John Rambo

I've never been to a British cinema where everyone has clapped at the end. That is until I saw Rambo. Entertainment at it's best. Seen it twice now. Rambo is a legend,

Sadie

First-rate....we know war is bloody, brutal and never justified but atleast this film gives us true reason to what is right and wrong in this world and does something about it.....I am a soldier and watching RAMBO is what we all feel inside when we see injustice....Although quite heavy on violence, it's quite easy to blame Stallone....bottom line is there is so much more rubbish out there, at least this has gumption.

Sadie

First-rate....we know war is bloody, brutal and never justified but atleast this film gives us true reason to what is right and wrong in this world and does something about it.....I am a soldier and watching RAMBO is what we all feel inside when we see injustice....Although quite heavy on violence, it's quite easy to blame Stallone....bottom line is there is so much more rubbish out there, at least this has gumption.

Sean Ellis

It's one thing to enjoy action films, but this whole franchise is driven on the basest of human instincts. Anyone who derives enjoyment from watching human beings being brutally and senselessly slain has got some serious issues. The fact that there are so many of those people out there makes me think that the species is doomed. Seriously, people, you can do better than this...

Sean Ellis

It's one thing to enjoy action films, but this whole franchise is driven on the basest of human instincts. Anyone who derives enjoyment from watching human beings being brutally and senselessly slain has got some serious issues. The fact that there are so many of those people out there makes me think that the species is doomed. Seriously, people, you can do better than this...

danu66

I think this is a good Rambo film, it follows the Rambo trademark pretty faitfully. Yes it is VERY violent, so much so that my wife left the film for a while as she felt dizzy with so much carnage and wanted to throw up. However when you leave the the film you realise that things like this do happen at war, and would continue to happen, killings, abuse, revenge... look at the Yugoslavian, look at so many other conflicts...The best thing is that you get out of there and feel so relieved you do not have to worry your child would be taken away to fight, that you will not be hungry, cold, abused, bitten up... It just make you realise how lucky we really are, and that we should be avoiding getting into a position where we have to go and fight and let the worse of us come up against another person.

danu66

I think this is a good Rambo film, it follows the Rambo trademark pretty faitfully. Yes it is VERY violent, so much so that my wife left the film for a while as she felt dizzy with so much carnage and wanted to throw up. However when you leave the the film you realise that things like this do happen at war, and would continue to happen, killings, abuse, revenge... look at the Yugoslavian, look at so many other conflicts...The best thing is that you get out of there and feel so relieved you do not have to worry your child would be taken away to fight, that you will not be hungry, cold, abused, bitten up... It just make you realise how lucky we really are, and that we should be avoiding getting into a position where we have to go and fight and let the worse of us come up against another person.

Craig

First rate. Stallone tackles the subject of (albeit in an unbelievable way) the sick Burmese army regime in a way our government refuses to do, and shows what real ordinance can do to a human being as opposed to computer game fantasy. Thumbs up Sly! Fuck the left wing critics!!

Craig

First rate. Stallone tackles the subject of (albeit in an unbelievable way) the sick Burmese army regime in a way our government refuses to do, and shows what real ordinance can do to a human being as opposed to computer game fantasy. Thumbs up Sly! Fuck the left wing critics!!

michael yardley

Having been a soldier, and having been in real war zones, I thought this was a despicable piece of trash. It uses a revenge motive to justify sadism on a grotesque scale. The violence is gratuitious. It might have been been better titled "Why not kill everyone?" The film is a poor sequel to the other Rambos which had some merit. It's ultra-violence is without purpose and will no doubt lead some disturbed individual to emulate its 'hero's' rampage. Film makers should be held more accountable for this sort of stuff. A Boy's Own action movie is one thing, this is just nasty.

michael yardley

Having been a soldier, and having been in real war zones, I thought this was a despicable piece of trash. It uses a revenge motive to justify sadism on a grotesque scale. The violence is gratuitious. It might have been been better titled "Why not kill everyone?" The film is a poor sequel to the other Rambos which had some merit. It's ultra-violence is without purpose and will no doubt lead some disturbed individual to emulate its 'hero's' rampage. Film makers should be held more accountable for this sort of stuff. A Boy's Own action movie is one thing, this is just nasty.

Beardy

As said above. Does what it says on the tin. Is not trying to be anything other than a great action film.

Beardy

As said above. Does what it says on the tin. Is not trying to be anything other than a great action film.

JOHN MATRIX

Made me cry.....especially the end....I just wanted it to keep on going.....make a number 2 please!

JOHN MATRIX

Made me cry.....especially the end....I just wanted it to keep on going.....make a number 2 please!

Sandy

Never seen a RAMBO film until now...I totally get it....although it's a great movie in it's own right, I get the sneaky impression that Sylvester Stallone is sticking 2 fingers up at the critics, governments and Hollywood itself...you are a sly one indeed Sly!

Sandy

Never seen a RAMBO film until now...I totally get it....although it's a great movie in it's own right, I get the sneaky impression that Sylvester Stallone is sticking 2 fingers up at the critics, governments and Hollywood itself...you are a sly one indeed Sly!

MITCH

How blind are the Critics...can't they see this guy is crazy! RAMBO is only doing the job that our Government's fail to do..

MITCH

How blind are the Critics...can't they see this guy is crazy! RAMBO is only doing the job that our Government's fail to do..

Delmore Barry

Just seen it....and will probably never see anything like that again...how could you top that carnage....Sly, you may be old but you sure know how to beat The Man down (that's including the critics that snuffed this movie)! Might see it again it was so good!

Delmore Barry

Just seen it....and will probably never see anything like that again...how could you top that carnage....Sly, you may be old but you sure know how to beat The Man down (that's including the critics that snuffed this movie)! Might see it again it was so good!

Kove

STALLONE has laid down his trump card....who could beat this actioner, bloody, brutal and brave! I was certainly surprised at Sly's directorial debut on this franchise....truely a revelation, has this hulking man been brewing his talents in a cave for all this time...come back Sly...we need a true hero!

Kove

STALLONE has laid down his trump card....who could beat this actioner, bloody, brutal and brave! I was certainly surprised at Sly's directorial debut on this franchise....truely a revelation, has this hulking man been brewing his talents in a cave for all this time...come back Sly...we need a true hero!

Murdoch

Now this is definitely popcorn entertainment, well worth the ticket. Stallone may be getting on but he sure knows how to handle the action - his huge shoulders alone put all the younger 'action' stars in the shade. Well done on a great movie, it had balls and wasn't afraid to use them....the critics have 'so not' got this film! Bring on a whole new trilogy Sly!

Murdoch

Now this is definitely popcorn entertainment, well worth the ticket. Stallone may be getting on but he sure knows how to handle the action - his huge shoulders alone put all the younger 'action' stars in the shade. Well done on a great movie, it had balls and wasn't afraid to use them....the critics have 'so not' got this film! Bring on a whole new trilogy Sly!

selvin

I love action films and in particular sylvester stallone films so i was looking forward to this.It lived up to my expectations with the best action sequences of the franchise and is perhaps my favourite action movie.Critics seem unable to take a film for what it is so untimately will more often than not be disappointed in reviews j,ust as i would be not interested in period or art films.This is an awesome film and does exactly what it says on the tin.It also opened my eyes as to what horrors are going on in burma which is no bad thing.I recommend it wholeheartedly cant wait for 5 and 6 and the dvd.

selvin

I love action films and in particular sylvester stallone films so i was looking forward to this.It lived up to my expectations with the best action sequences of the franchise and is perhaps my favourite action movie.Critics seem unable to take a film for what it is so untimately will more often than not be disappointed in reviews j,ust as i would be not interested in period or art films.This is an awesome film and does exactly what it says on the tin.It also opened my eyes as to what horrors are going on in burma which is no bad thing.I recommend it wholeheartedly cant wait for 5 and 6 and the dvd.

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