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Rambo (SE)
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06.25.2008 By: Quigles
Rambo (SE) order
Director:
Sylvester Stallone

Actors:
Sylvester Stallone
Julie Benz
Matthew Marsden

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Americaís favorite action hero returns.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I donít ask for much in a RAMBO movie. Following FIRST BLOOD, the series has degenerated into one sequence of mindless bloody violence after another. And thereís nothing wrong with that. But when a film of this nature features an accumulative 10 minutes of actual fun, and about 60 minutes of downright nauseating and horrific civilian deaths, thereís something in that math that just doesnít add up. I donít want to watch that. I want to see Rambo pounding on bad guys; not defenseless children being brutally stabbed and having their limbs blown off. Itís not like the movie offers any type of great insight into the cost of war, so why even spend time on scenes like that? For the longest time I sat dumbfounded whilst staring at my screen, thinking the whole point of these painfully long chunks of film were to get the audience as angry as possible before the muscular and shirtless Rambo could pop out of the trees and save the day. It wouldíve worked, too, but the movieís over before it even getís going. In fact, Rambo spends the entire final battle of the film behind a mounted machine gun, blasting from afar. Whereís the fun in that?

It doesnít help that Rambo as a character is essentially extraneous here. His character barely even has a real connection to the storyline. Itís almost as if they took a script for a random generic war movie and just plopped Rambo in the middle. Heís still cool (when is Sylvester Stallone not?*), but the characterís badass factor isnít enough to hold the movie together.

*It was a hypothetical question. You donít need to remind me of his role in SPY KIDS 3-D: GAME OVER.
THE EXTRAS
This 2-Disc Special Edition of the movie comes loaded with extras.

The second disc merely contains a digital copy of the film.

Audio Commentary (with Stallone):

Deleted Scenes: There are 13 minutes worth of excised scenes. Nothing special.

Legacy of Despair: The Struggle in Burma: Explores the real-life problems in Burma.

It's a Long Road: The Resurrection of an Icon: Details the development of the film, including Stallone discussing how they changed the filmís original storyline.

A Score to Settle: The Music of Rambo: The title says it all.

The Art of War: Completing Rambo: A brief insight into Stalloneís ideas regarding sound usage.

The Weaponry of Rambo: A look at the filmís prop weapons.

A Hero's Welcome: Release and Reception: Covers the filmís Las Vegas premiere.

Also included are the filmís Theatrical Trailer and Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
More depressing than fun, the return of Rambo is not nearly as rewarding as the return of Rocky Balboa.
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