Rambo

Rambo

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Cast: Julie Benz, Paul Schulze, Matthew Marsden

     
 

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When a group of missionary aid workers in Myanmar disappear into the vast green inferno, vigilante Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) leaves his job as a Salween River boatman behind to accompany a group of mercenaries on a daring rescue mission. It's been 20 years since Rambo helped mujahedeen rebels fend offSee more details below

Overview

When a group of missionary aid workers in Myanmar disappear into the vast green inferno, vigilante Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) leaves his job as a Salween River boatman behind to accompany a group of mercenaries on a daring rescue mission. It's been 20 years since Rambo helped mujahedeen rebels fend off Soviet invaders in Afghanistan, and these days the former soldier lives a simple life in northern Thailand. Meanwhile, the world's longest-running civil war rages into its 60th year on the nearby Thai-Burma border. One day, human rights missionaries Sarah Miller (Julie Benz) and Michael Burnett (Paul Schulze) show up asking Rambo to guide them up the Salween so they can get some much-needed food and medical supplies to the desperate Karen tribe. According to Sarah and Michael, the Burmese military has planted land mines all along the roads leading into the tribe's village, making it virtually impossible to reach the tribe via land. Two weeks after Rambo drops the group off in dangerous territory, pastor Arthur Marsh (Ken Howard) arrives with a chilling message: the aid workers never returned from their mission into the jungle, and the embassies refuse to help Marsh and his fellow missionaries find their missing friends. Now, despite the fact that Rambo has long since sworn off all forms of violence, the knowledge that innocent missionaries are being used as pawns in a brutal war leaves him with no other choice than to venture behind enemy lines on his most dangerous mission to date.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Bloated beefcake brawn rules in Rambo, the fourth entry in the series, which picks up 20 years after audiences last saw Sylvester Stallone stretching his pumped-up musculature as the disillusioned action hero John Rambo. This time, the character is pulled into the war-torn country of Burma, where genocide runs rampant as Christian peasants are blown to bits by meth-addled soldiers just waiting to get their throats ripped out by the puffy workhorse that is Stallone. Something the film is not is schmaltzy, which is where one would think the aging screen star would skew the franchise after the saccharine-filled sentimentality of Rocky Balboa, released just one year before. No, this Rambo is a mean buffet of kinetic action filmmaking that dares the audience to sit up in their seats and root for gore-filled retribution served up Stallone-style. The question is -- are they ready for it? The film isn't an easy sell -- it's been quite some time since audiences were treated to this kind of brawny battlefield entertainment. It also doesn't help that many viewers will automatically come in with a cynical mindset regarding the star's ever-increasing age. One thing is certain, though: this is action cinema at its most grisly and excessively violent, with Stallone throwing caution to the wind with a piece of work that will shock and disturb many viewers, with others unquestionably whooping and hollering it up as they marvel at the over-the-top imagery and mega-machismo. And while there's much to dissect within the film, what's most interesting are the filmmaker's attempts to justify the extremity of the bloody proceedings. With exploitive newsreel footage starting out the film through each horrendous act of mass murder perpetrated by the Burmese troops, it's hard to come up with a group of real-world villains that is this ruthless and -- dare it be said -- deserving of Rambo's patented brand of justice, whose staples are on full display here. From the theme music to the inspired black-and-white flashbacks that recap much of the story from the previous films, there's little doubt that Rambo is back in full swing with this installment. While the introduction of John Rambo voice-over is a bit distracting (a curious stylistic touch Stallone carried over from Balboa), most of any disarming reaction to it by the audience disappears quickly as the character comes to terms with who he is and what he needs to do, much of which can be said of Stallone himself -- who, after years of plodding with this hack director or that, takes the reins and delivers a big blow to the carotid artery of film fans' brains with this two-act actioner. With much of the first half dedicated to missionaries and mercenaries getting in Rambo's face, the second is free to let Rambo do what he has to do -- and that's kill a lot of really bad dudes. Before one knows it, the film crescendos into a bloody burst of exploding limbs, bodies, and jungle greenery -- with Stallone at the helm, blowing away everything in his sights. With a coda at the end that hearkens back to First Blood, Stallone and Rambo have both come full circle in a way no one could have predicted. For good or ill, Rambo is back -- let the bullets fly and the casings fall where they may, for this flick proves that this is one action hero who isn't ready to hang up his headband just yet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2008
UPC:
0031398232940
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Slvester Stallone; Six featurettes; "Legacy of Despair: The Struggle in Burma"; "It's a Long Road: Resurrection of an Icon"; "A Score to Settle: The Music of Rambo"; "The Art of War: Completeing Rambo"; "The Weaponry of Rambo"; "A Hero's Welcome: Release and Reaction"; Deleted scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone John Rambo
Julie Benz Sarah
Paul Schulze Burnett
Matthew Marsden School Boy
Graham McTavish Lewis
Tim Kang En-Joo
Rey Gallegos Diaz
Jake LaBotz Reese
Maung Maung Khim Tint
Ken Howard Arthur Marsh
Cameron Pearson Missionary #4 (Jeff)
Thomas Peterson Missionary #2 (Dentist)
Tony Skarberg Missionary #3 (Videographer)
James Wearing Smith Missionary #5 (Preacher)
Kasikorn Niyompattana Snake Hunter #2
Shaliew Bamrungbun Snake Hunter #1
Suparkorn Kijsuwan Myint
Aung Aay Noi Lt. Aye
Aung Theng Pirate Leader
Pornpop Kampusiri Snake Village Owner
Wasawat Panyarat Snake Village MC
Kammul Kawtep Snake Village Young Charmer
Sornram Patchimtasanakarn Tha
Noa Jei karen Interpreter
Kjam Saen Karen Interpreter #2
Aun Lung Su Burmese Hut Guard #1
Pan Dokngam Burmese Hut Guard #2
Han Pik Burmese Hut Guard #3
Tip Tiya Burmese Gate Guard #2
Nee Lungjai Burmese Gate Guard
Yupin Mu Pae Karen Begging Mother
Moan Adisak Burmese Morning Guard #1
Somsak Wongsa Burmese Dancer Trooper #1
Surachai Muangdee Burmese Dancer Trooper #2
Mana Sen-Mi Burmese Patrol Boat Captain
Toole Khan Kham Burmese Sergeant
Saiwan Lungta Burmese Trooper - Lt. Aye's Hut
Watcharentr Sedtho Burmese Young Boy
Rapimpa Dibu Karen Young Naked Girl
May Kung Pirate Bar Hooker #1
Tim King Actor
David Sabee Conductor

Technical Credits
Sylvester Stallone Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Sean Albertson Editor
Peter Block Executive Producer
Weerasak Boonchert Stunts
Sujin Booppasawas Stunts
Marky Lee Campbell Stunts
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Greg Chapman Sound/Sound Designer
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Rickley W. Dumm Sound Editor
Richard Dwan Sound Editor
Jared S. Eddo Stunts
Randall Emmett Executive Producer
Jon Feltheimer Executive Producer
Eddie J. Fernandez Stunts
Eddie Fernandez Stunts
Jeremy Fitzgerald Stunts
Donald Flick Sound Editor
George Furla Executive Producer
Wattana Garum Makeup
Alex Gunn Special Effects Supervisor
Sooksun Hongwongpaisarn Stunts
Michael Hugghins Stunts
Kampa Intasane Stunts
Tawatchai Intasri Stunts
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Pichaiyoot Jangjai Stunts
Kevin King Producer
Kevin King-Templeton Producer
Tawin Kongton Stunts
Somchart Kuan-Aksorn Stunts
Sumate Kunshing Stunts
Boonma Lamphon Stunts
Josef Lautenschlager Co-producer,Executive Producer
Florian Lechner Executive Producer
Avi Lerner Producer
Amnuay Lukhason Stunts
Glen MacPherson Cinematographer
Rittikorn Manonom Camera Operator
Nares Mansri Stunts
Dan McDonough Camera Operator
Ashley Miller Musical Direction/Supervision
Pichai Mittra Stunts
Dong Moanoum Stunts
Heidi Moneymaker Stunts
Art Monterastelli Screenwriter
Tongmee Narongsak Stunts
Nikorn Chorpsuk Stunts
Vern Nobles Camera Operator
Manoon Noimanee Stunts
Brian Oerly Stunts
Pasiri Pana Casting
Prayoon Pannaengpet Stunts
Michelle Pazer Sound Editor
Jarun Petsongkram Stunts
Christopher Petzel Associate Producer
Sornchai Phagaton Stunts
Sudjai Phumnork Stunts
Somchai Posuwanrat Stunts
Kunakorn Praipanom Stunts
Manop Racha-Arsa Stunts
Thunyaluck Rajchata Stunts
Rangsan Rangsimaporn Special Effects Supervisor
Taweesak Samruay Stunts
Inthira Sawantrat Asst. Director
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Weerapol Songsaeng Stunts
Surawut Srirattana Stunts
Stanimir Stamatov Stunts
John Stirber Special Effects Supervisor
Joachim Sturmes Co-producer
Kuladee Suchatanian Art Director
Sukrit Suksawaeng Stunts
Banasorn Sutoe Stunts
Manit Suwannarat Stunts
Kittichai Tar-Ngarm Stunts
Chainarong Thai-Ure Stunts
Andreas Thiesmeyer Executive Producer
John Thompson Producer
Sumrit Titnate Stunts
Nopparat Tongritsuk Stunts
Pornpratan Tunbua Stunts
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Xuyen T. Valdivia Stunts
Derek Vanderhorst Sound Editor
Sombat Wanatanom Stunts
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Wildfire Sound Mixer
Songsak Wiphusiri Stunts
Lizz Wolf Costumes/Costume Designer
Nirun Wongnu Stunts
Chuchart Wongwiroj Stunts
Praiwan Worapimrutt Stunts
Petchpanna Wothaison Stunts
Michael Yost Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rambo
1. Execution Style [3:47]
2. Hunting Dinner [3:03]
3. Dangerous Work [3:42]
4. Night Raid [2:22]
5. Go Home [3:30]
6. Heads Down [5:56]
7. Good Luck [3:51]
8. Under Siege [3:20]
9. Taken Hostage [4:16]
10. Other People's Business [3:03]
11. For the Pigs [1:28]
12. Tension Rising [2:04]
13. Boat Man [2:46]
14. See What's What [2:54]
15. Who are You? [3:26]
16. Entering Camp [3:27]
17. Where's the Girl? [1:28]
18. Getting Rowdy [2:48]
19. Not Without Her [1:55]
20. Just in Time [2:05]
21. Hostage Takeover [2:32]
22. Man Down [2:39]
23. Setting Traps [2:35]
24. Taken Back [2:57]
25. Fire Power [2:38]
26. Rebel Forces [2:27]
27. Aftermath [11:58]
28. Going Back [:01]

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