Rambo (Blu-ray)

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Rambo (Blu-ray)

Coming off the success of 2006's ROCKY BALBOA, action star Sylvester Stallone revisits yet another of his iconic characters from the 1980s, John Rambo...

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Review of "Rambo (Blu-ray)"

published 16/08/2009 | Pollyanna234
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Pro Rambo is a great character who has aged with us all. A strong story and acting.
Cons Unfortunately based on some very tragic real life events.
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"A raw, tragic and memorable tale of a real life conflict"

I wasn't sure what to expect when this film started.
Based on previous Rambo movies, I guess I was prepared to see action, lots of shouting and people running around with guns, tanks and so on and so on.

Well I was right to expect those things, but what you get here is a very realistic and emotional tale of a tragic series of events going on in the real world as we speak.
The Rambo character has turned himself away from the never ending conflicts, and tried to live a solitary existence in his own little corner of the world.
However, some Christian missionaries want to enter Burma with his help, to try to calm a tense and violent struggle between soldiers and citizens there.

I should point out at this stage that some of the scenes are very disturbing and graphic, but the camera tends to point away from the action at just the right moment, before you find it too much to watch.
It's a neccessary expose in order to engage the audience, and help them understand how distressful life is for many in Burma.

The film is fast paced, and never boring. The acting is very good, and you feel sympathy for many characters, even those seen for just a few minutes or seconds.
I found myself on the edge of my seat constantly as Rambo ran back and forth trying to help the younger, less experienced soldiers win their fight.

The fact that this is on Blu-Ray makes the image sharper and more colourful, although the colours in general are dumbed down to make the forest look more dull. The music in this film is sad yet beautiful. A remarkable piece plays at the end of the battle, as the characters stand or sit down stunned at what they've just been through together.
The extra features are standard such as commentaries and deleted scenes. The real reason to buy this is for the film itself which is fantastic, and not for the extras.
Pricing of this item has been very good, in general costing under £10 in many places on the high street and on internet shopping sites.

I can recommend this to all Rambo fans obviously, but also fans of action, war films or those looking for a thought-provoking film on life and it's struggles. It may not be the best of the Rambo movies but it comes in a close second I'd say.
A masterpiece, but a very sad one.

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  • Amy69 published 17/08/2009
    Very nice review, not for me xx
  • 4leafclover published 16/08/2009
    Great movie!
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Coming off the success of 2006's ROCKY BALBOA, action star Sylvester Stallone revisits yet another of his iconic characters from the 1980s, John Rambo. Now living like a hermit and wrangling rattlesnakes in Thailand, Rambo is drawn back into the action by a group of missionaries who want the taciturn, possibly psychotic, Vietnam vet to ferry them upriver into Burma. Though he initially proves reluctant--'Burma's a warzone'--Sarah, played by Julie Benz, convinces Rambo of their noble intentions. Doesn't he want to relieve suffering and stop ethnic cleansing? But when the group of idealists gets captured by the Burmese army, it's up to Rambo and a team of multinational mercenaries to save the day. What follows is an exhilarating, hypnotic explosion of violence as Rambo fights genocide with genocide, destroying men with high-powered machine guns, well-placed bombs, razor-sharp machetes, and, the most deadly weapon of all, his bare hands.<BR>Rather than trying to update the character, RAMBO succeeds largely by returning to the 1980s values that made its hero so iconic in the first place: his pathological obsession with laying waste to emphatically evil characters in increasingly grotesque ways. Indeed, the film's action sequences recall the opening of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, as bodies turn to reddish slush, entrails pour forth with abandon, and limbs are severed with bewildering frequency. Stallone (who also wrote and directed) perfectly embodies his role as a muscular, mumbling killing machine.

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