Rambo (2008)

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: -1/2

Content: -4

Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz. Action/adventure. Written by Sylvester Stallone, Art Monterastelli. Directed by Sylvester Stallone.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A retired Rambo is cajoled into leading missionaries into the jungles of Burma. Soon, the humanitarians are set upon by a cut-throat army and guess who must save them?

PREVIEW REVIEW: Despite the inclusion of Christian missionaries, dont look for a great deal of turning of the other cheek in this one. Its little more than a graphic release of testosterone. The brutal language is only outdone by the abundant violence. While everyone is making fun of the stars age, I dont hold that against him. I just think John Rambos deeds of derring-do are beyond anyone, including that guy whos able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

The studio didnt screen this one for critics. And sure enough, the writing, directing and acting are less than stellar and the action borders on the obscene (copious amounts of gory violence). Still, its making money. Mr. Stallone has a great many fans, most of whom are much bigger around the waist than when they saw the original Rambo. And evidently more desensitized.

DVD Alternative: The Great Raid. Director John Dahl recreates the gritty reality-based story of one of the most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: the great raid on Cabanatuan, the daring exploit that would liberate more than 500 U.S. prisoners of war on the Philippines in 1945. A gripping depiction of human resilience, the film vividly brings to life the personal courage and audacious heroism that allowed a small but stoic band of World War II soldiers to attempt the impossible in the hope of freeing their captured brothers. R (3 profanities, 8 or so obscenities and a few minor expletives, but for a war film, the language is very mild; whats more, there is a great deal of thoughtful dialogue and several moments that reveal men of faith and a reverence for God; the film receives its rating mainly for the graphic violence and themes including a narration at the top that details the abuse of victims including the fact that 15,000 people died during the Death March; that said, nothing is done exploitatively this is not a Rambo movie, but a real moment in history; yes, some of it is difficult to watch, but so many gave up so much in order to end a cancer that threatened to destroy the soul of man. Their sacrifice should be depicted and therefore, remembered).

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: Several crude slang terms for female body parts.

Obscene Language: Around 50 obscenities, mostly the f-word.

Profanity: Five profane uses of God/Jesuss name.

Violence: Incessant, gory; throats slit, heads hacked off, countless bodies dropped by bullets, bombs and beatings. Blood: Oh, a lot of blood.

Sex: Women are brutalized by enemy soldiers; there is an implied situation where an officer uses a boy for sexual purposes.

Nudity: Brief as soldiers rip at their prisoners dresses.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Some brief but hostile utterances concerning the female form.

Drugs: Some drinking by the bad guys.

Other: The violence really is excessive, even nauseating.

Running Time: 133 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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