This week is one that I have been waiting for since the late 1980s, as the fourth RAMBO hits the big screen, in what may be his most brutal adventure yet. Theaters will also see Diane Lane in UNTRACEABLE, which actually looks like a somewhat decent thriller with a nice internet twist. DVD gets slapped with SAW IV, which must have scared away the competition, as besides THE SWAMP THING: THE SERIES and JUAREZ MEXICO, there ain't much else out in terms of new DVDs. Probably a smart idea, considering the SAW franchise's hold over horror these days. If nothing nothing else, see RAMBO this weekend, and remember: Heroes don't die... they reload!!!
Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language.
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, James Brolin
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John Rambo has retreated to northern Thailand, living a solitary and peaceful life in the mountains and jungles. A group of human rights missionaries search him out and ask him to guide them into Burma to deliver medical supplies. When the aid workers are captured by the Burmese army, Rambo decides to venture alone into the war zone to rescue them.
Rated R for some prolonged sequences of strong gruesome violence, and language.
Directed by Gregory Hoblit, David Rosenbloom
Starring Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt
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Within the FBI, there exists a division dedicated to investigating and prosecuting criminals on the internet. Welcome to the front lines of the war on cybercrime, where Special Agent Jennifer Marsh has seen it all--until now. A tech-savvy internet predator is displaying his graphic murders on his own website--and the fate of each of his tormented captives is left in the hands on the public: the more hits his site gets, the faster his victims die. When this game of cat and mouse becomes personal, Marsh and her team must race against the clock to track down this technical mastermind who is virtually untraceable.
SLAUGHTERING STORES THIS WEEK
Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Run Time: 95 Min.
Even death itself can't bring the savage games of Jigsaw to an end, as Saw IV proves; if anything, the fiendishly clever serial killer (once again played by Tobin Bell) is equally capable of dealing out violent death while lying on a morgue slab as he was in life. Saw IV also offers a class reunion of characters from the previous three films, each once again up to their necks in Jigsaw's schemes. Chief among them is Sgt. Rigg (Lyriq Bent) from Saw II, who must place himself in Jigsaw's shoes in order to rescue Detective Matthews (Donnie Walhberg), who was abducted by the killer at the end of Saw II, and Forensic Hoffman (Costas Mandylor from Saw III), from another elaborate murder device. Meanwhile, FBI agents led by Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls, Aliens in America) attempt to track Rigg as he carries out Jigsaw's horrific notion of justice from beyond the grave. Casual horror fans may find the endless puzzles and relentless nihilism of the Saw series wearing thin with this fourth entry, but the franchise's key selling points--the Sadean excesses of Jigsaw's macabre creations--remain as bloody and unsettling as ever.
Starring Dick Durock, Kari Wuhrer, Mark Lindsay Chapman, Carrell Myers
Run Time: 540 minutes
Includes the First 22 Episodes as They Were Meant to Be Seen! When an attempt on Dr. Alec Hollandís life leaves him consumed by deadly chemicals and fire, the swamps of Louisiana transform him into a superhuman creature hell bent on ridding the swamp and the world of the evil that men do, beginning with his arch nemesis, Dr. Anton Arcane, the mad scientist responsible for Hollandís monstrous new incarnation as Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing: The Series follows the tortured creature that was once a man and his quest to regain his humanity, purging the swamp of evildoers along the way. Beware the wrath of Swamp Thing!
Directed by James Cahill
Starring James Cahill
Run Time: 81 Minutes
The Game She Played Bordered On Insanity! A beautiful young woman marries a blind old man for his money. She carries on an affair with her husband's valet, but soon finds herself in the middle of a murder-for-money plot involving the household servants.