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September 20, 2019

Rambo (2008) --- “Heroes Never Die, They Just Reload. And In The Heart Of The Jungle, Blood Will Flow.”

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has survived a number of harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since abandoned his life as a lethal soldier to live a simple and secluded existence in Thailand. There he spends his days catching snakes for local entertainers and chauffeuring people in his old boat. One day Christian missionaries Michael Burnett (Paul Schulze), Sarah Miller (Julie Benz), and their comrades offer to rent Rambo’s boat to travel into Burma, which has been a war zone for the last 50 years and the Karen people have been brutally oppressed and tortured by the Burmese military. Rambo agrees to their request and drops them off near a Karen village but two weeks later he gets an urgent call for help: the village has been raided and missionaries have not returned. Although he is reluctant to embrace violence again, Rambo sets out on a mission to rescue the captives from the sadistic Major Pa Tee Tint (Maung Maung Khin) and his Burmese army it what may be one of his deadliest mission yet.
     Directed by Sylvester Stallone (Rambo: Last Blood) and written alongside Art Monterastelli (The Hunted, Buried Alive), Rambo (2008) is the fourth film in the series and it is one of the most violent films yet. It is a very poignant film that goes out of its way to make the audience film the pain and torment of the people living under a crooked regime. It draws a clear line in the sand between the good guys and the bad guys, and makes the statement that war can only be stopped by war. The violence displayed throughout the film is brutal but necessary to show the horrors of war. Every scene was directed in a way that kept the audience fully aware of what was going on, and visuals and sounds added to the thrill. 
     The cast performances were solid. Sylvester Stallone was once again terrific as Rambo and Maung Maung Khin (The Lady) made for an interesting antagonist. The rest of the cast such as: Julie Benz (Hawaii Five-O) as Sarah, Paul Schulze (The Punisher, Suits, 24) as Michael, Graham McTavish (Outlander) as Lewis, Matthew Marsden (Resident Evil: Extinction) as School Boy, and Reynaldo Gallegos (Animal Kingdom, American Sniper) as Diaz were all great in their respective roles. There was great chemistry throughout all the characters
     Overall, Rambo (2008) is an entertaining film that is even more violent and brutal than the other films. The violence is brutal but necessary to get the story’s point across, the direction keeps the audience enthralled until the end, and the cast performances were solid and great. I recommend this film and I am also curious to see how Rambo: Last Blood (2019) is going to add to the series.

Final Vote --- 7.3 of 10 stars

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