Genre: Action / Adventure
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Writing credits: Art Monterastelli, Sylvester Stallone
Plot: Rambo kills.
Review: Holy shit! This movie is fucking intense. In fact, it's so intense that it makes the first three Rambo films look like playground slap fights by comparison. Seriously. I know that many of you were expecting a thinking man's movie, and I'm sorry to disappoint, but you won't find much of a story to speak of here. But if you were expecting one, you probably walked into the wrong movie.
Those of you more realistically expecting a non-stop bloodbath of violence and brutality will get exactly what you were looking for. In fact, I'll wager you're going to get a whole lot more than you're looking for. With CGI these days they're able to depict gore in much greater detail, and what used to be shown as a blurry body flying through a cloud of smoke after stepping on a land mine is now shown in ghoulishly uncomfortable detail.
This movie is full of scenes that will even make the most desensitized among you cringe, and rightly so. The vast majority of the brutality is committed by the bad guys, a role filled in this film by the Burmese military, and the scenes of rape and pillage they commit on quiet, simple villages are truly disturbing. But Rambo himself has upped the brutality level as well, and after seeing what the bad guys have done, you can't help but feel that he's a little bit justified in his acts of vengeance and anger.
A lot of critics have complained about the gratuitous "video game" violence in this movie. Yes, there is an unreasonable amount of violence in this movie, and yes, it is over the top. But it's also gritty, visceral and real (most of the time). And you know what? It should be disturbing. Shit like this actually happens in the world we live in, and maybe we need to be shocked once in a while to remember that. I'm sorry to wake some of you out of your Disney Coma, but it's true, like it or not.
Rambo has never glorified violence, however. He has always shied away from it unless necessary, and this film is no exception. But once John Rambo realizes it's time to party, he pulls out all the fucking stops.
The most obvious thing lacking from this movie is Richard Crenna's Colonel Trautman, and it is an absence you will certainly feel in this film. But as Crenna passed away back in 2003, they had to make due without him. And they did. Still, even without Trautman, I'd rank this movie in third place, behind the first two movies, but I feel it's a stronger film than Rambo III.
If you're a fan of the Rambo franchise there's nothing to dislike here, and if you're a fan of these kinds of military shoot 'em ups, you really need to check this one out. Parts of it may be hard to watch, but I'll be damned if I could look away.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
|And you know what? It should be disturbing. Shit like this actually happens in the world we live in, and maybe we need to be shocked once in a while to remember that. I'm sorry to wake some of you out of your Disney Coma, but it's true, like it or not.|
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