Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I've Seen RAMBO

Rambo playing with his snake.

Rambo is back with a vengeance. His kill count in this film was 236. A Rambo record!

Residing in Burma, John Rambo makes a living by capturing poisonous snakes for their venom to make antidote serums. One day, some crazy Christian missionaries convince Rambo to take their group into hostile territory, so that they can "make a difference" in the lives of poor villagers who have been negatively affected by the 60 year old civil war. Later, Rambo receives word that the missionaries are kidnapped and then has to go and rescue them from their 3rd world living conditions.

Co-star, Julie Benz, does a below average job of playing a female missionary. Although, if I didn't know any better, it seemed that Benz shaped her character after The View co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Come to think of it, I think Elisabeth Hasselbeck could have played a more believable missionary.

The violence level of Rambo exceeds that of the movie 300. Supposedly, this film was trying to be true to what Burma is like in real life. There are bodies being blown to bits, mass executions, limbs being severed, decapitations, debauchery, people being burned alive, and a scene involving porcine torture. It was as if this movie was doing its best to dissuade me from vacationing in Burma. Nice try, Stallone!

I recommend this film. Sylvester Stallone has done a respectable job in directing this movie and hasn't compromised the Rambo character by placing him in a ridiculous plot (e.g.- running a child care center). Could this latest installment of Rambo have been better? Sure it could have, and I'll back up my claim. For instance, the music for this flick sucked. It was so mediocre, having the Britney Spears tune "Gimme More" would not have blemished the chosen musical score. I would've had
the Guns 'n' Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle" blaring, while Rambo was single handedly wreaking havoc upon the dictatorship's army.