Thursday, 6 August 2009

Film Review: RAMBO (2008)

Co-Writer/Director: Sylvester Stallone
Running time: 87 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 18

Watched on DVD Thursday 6th August 2009.


This is an extremely graphically violent movie. From watching the extras on the DVD, it seems the effect of shooting someone with a 50 calibre bullet is portrayed very accurately. And, believe me, it’s not pretty. Having said that, the setting for the film and the story it portrays is quite interesting.

John Rambo, now living a quiet life in Thailand, is commissioned by a group of missionaries to take them across the border into war-torn Burma. Reluctantly Rambo agrees and takes them up river where, after an altercation with some pirates he leaves them. Not long after they arrive the village they are at is attacked by government troops and they are taken prisoner. Rambo is told of their capture and is persuaded to take a band of mercenaries into Burma on a mission to retrieve the missionaries. As you can probably guess, from here it gets really bloody and really violent.

An extremely gory and violent movie, as I’ve already said, but also a film that makes you consider what is actually going on in Burma today. Stallone is very good at making the viewer hate the bad guy, and in this film I really hated the government troops. They were brutal to the extreme! As usual, an excellent performance from Mr Stallone in the starring role also excellent performances from Julie Benz as Sarah, Matthew Marsden as School Boy and Graham McTavish as Lewis. Honourable mentions go to Reynaldo Gallegos as Diaz, Jake La Botz as Reese, Tim Kang as En-Joo and Maung Maung Khin as Tint. Over all, a very gory and violent action adventure that has a political element, it does what it says on the tin.

My score: 7/10

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