Rambo (2008)


Action | Thriller


Sylvester Stallone




Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Paul Schulze, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Reynaldo Gallegos, Tim Kang, Jake La Botz, Ken Howard, Maung Maung Khin, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Richard Crenna


John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is living peacefully in Thailand until he joins a group of missionaries to venture into war-torn Burma to rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.


After twenty years, Sylvester Stallone brought John Rambo back to the big screen. This time around he is not just acting, but he's also the man behind the camera and co-writer of the screenplay. And precisely for this reason, I wasn't expecting anything from this film, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. Actually, "Rambo" is an entertaining, and quite good action film.

The plot is simple and overall similar to that of the previous entries, yet it is quite solid, and the action - although it still plays an important role in it - isn't the center of the story. In fact, and thankfully, it focuses on the character's frustration and contempt for a world that at first needed him as a soldier, but later rejected and excluded him because a damaged good. So this film is really following the footsteps of "First Blood".

Even though the story is stronger and the main character has that texture lacking in the previous two entries, the writers should have really worked more on the characters. Rambo is the only character we know. The other characters' development in basically non-existent, therefore you root for Rambo only because you don't have enough elements to hate the others.

All of that being said, we still have to remember this is an action film, and as such it works pretty well. The action sequences are well done and very intense. However, the film is too violent. I wouldn't be complaining about it if it had a point. Like in "Oldboy".

Then there's the music that fits to the action, and a camera work that is annoyingly shaking at times, but also adds a little tension to the action. At last the acting, it isn't awful, but it isn't exception either.