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Theatrical Review: RAMBO

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by: Chase Whale
January 29th, 2008

Rating: 8/10

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writers: Sylvester Stallone, Art Monterastelli, David Morrell
Studio: Lionsgate

I'm going to make this very brief, because there is only really one main topic you can discuss when it comes to this character.

The final installment of the Rambo series, which was 20 years in the making, finds Rambo being hired by Christian missionaries (lead by the beautiful Julie Benz) to take them by boat to a village in Burma to aid the wounded. Burma is known for being the most dangerous war zones of our time and innocent people are brutally murdered there by the minute. You can already guess what happens next. The group of missionaries get captured and it's up to Rambo to rescue them before it's too late.

In this review, I'm going to discuss simile. I will be comparing RAMBO with TRANSFORMERS. When watching the trailer for RAMBO, you notice he has his arrow steady at his target, and then he begins his speech, "Live for nothing, or die for something!" If you area Rambo fan, you would obviously know this type of film doesn't focus too much on dialogue. The age demographic 40+ will with out a doubt love it though.

So why the TRANSFORMERS comparison? Well, like TRANSFOMERS, you are not going to see RAMBO for some epic dialogue. You went to see TRANSFORMERS to see huge trucks and buses turn into robots and destroy others alike. As for RAMBO you're here to see John Rambo cut heads off, kill people with his bare hands, and "Let the bodies hit the floor" if you payed attention to detail on the trailer.

The one scene that will forever be embedded in my head is when three soldiers throw landmine-like bombs in some muddy trenches, force civilians to run through to the other side as fast as they can, and bet on who will step on the mine first. Sylvester wanted to show the true nature of what's happening daily in Burma, and he did just that. Some might accuse this film as being too brutal, but again, he wants us to know the disgusting things that these Burmese soldiers are doing to the people in surrounding villages.

It is what it is.

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