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Rambo (2008) [Blu-Ray]


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Three 1/2 out of Five

Movie

Rating: R (strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language)
Length: 91 minutes

Video

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color 1080p

Audio

ENGLISH: DTS HD Master Audio 7.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Captions

English, Spanish

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Plot

A group of missionaries talks John Rambo to take them from Thailand to civil war torn Burma on his boat. Once there, they get captured (of course) and Rambo teams up with the mercenaries that were sent in to rescue them to get them out.

Pros

You should know exactly what you're getting with this movie from the simple plot above; lots of guns, explosions and general mayhem as Rambo does what he does best, kick butt. The good news is they didn't water down the action to get a lower rating for the kiddies; they went for R thinking they'd get a NC-17. And to be honest with you, I've seen much gorier (think "Saving Private Ryan"). And they didn't try to turn this into a 2.5 hour epic; 92 minutes was more than enough.

Cons

The same as above, you know what you're going to get and if that's not what you're looking for then you're not going to like this film. Simple dialogue, no character development and an extremely predictable plot.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone and also with Bonus View Picture-in-Picture
  • "It's a Long Road: Resurrection of an Icon" Featurette
  • "A Score to Settle: The Music of RAMBO" Featurette
  • "The Art of War: Completing RAMBO" Featurette
  • "The Weaponry of RAMBO" Featurette
  • "A Hero's Welcome: Release and Reaction" Featurette
  • "Legacy of Despair: The Struggle in Burma" Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • RAMBO Series Trailer Gallery
  • Digital Copy

Recommendation

The best thing about this movie is it brought to the world's attention the civil war and carnage that is going on in Burma; I wasn't aware of it. This film is banned in the country (like a lot of people there have DVD players) and the authorities there are none too happy with it. Getting caught with this film can lead to prison or even death. The bottom line is this is a brain-dead action flick for those of us that enjoy them and really not nearly as bad as a film as I was expecting.

Director

Actors

Shaliew 'Lek' Bamrungbun - Snake Hunter #1
Julie Benz - Sarah
[Saw V]
Jake La Botz - Reese
Reynaldo Gallegos - Diaz
Tim Kang - En-Joo
[The Forgotten]
Maung Maung Khin - Tint
Matthew Marsden - School Boy
[Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Helen of Troy, Resident Evil: Extinction]
Graham McTavish - Lewis
Kasikorn Niyompattana - Snake Hunter #2
Cameron Pearson - Missionary #4 (Jeff)
Thomas Peterson - Missionary #2 (Dentist)
Paul Schulze - Michael Burnett
[Panic Room]
Tony Skarberg - Missionary #3 (Videographer)
Sylvester Stallone - John Rambo
[Cop Land, Demolition Man, Driven, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III]
James With - Missionary #5 (Preacher)

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