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-Rambo (R)

by Dr. D ~

Lionsgate, January 25, 2008, Directed by Sylvester Stallone, 88 minutes, Cast: Sylvester Stallone (John Rambo), Julie Benz (Sarah), Paul Schulze (Michael Burnett), Matthew Marsden (Schoolboy), Graham McTavish (Lewis), Tim Kang (En-Joo), Rey Gallegos (Diaz), Jake LaBotz (Reese), Maung Maung Khin (Tint), Ken Howard (Pastor Arthur Marsh).

image The film opens with the ageless Vietnam vet hunting down snakes for a living and running a longboat service on the Salween River. Along comes some medical missionaries from Colorado and solicit his services to take them up river into Burma to help Christian Karen villages in the midst of persecution and civil war.

He asks them if they plan on taking weapons to the villagers and of coarse they say no. He responds: "Then you ain’t goin’ to change anything! Go home".

He declines to take them but one of the leaders, Sarah, talks him into the trip. Along the way , river pirates attack and our hero kills them all to the consternation of our missionary folk who are oblivious to how close they all really came to death. Rambo gets them there and leaves with scenes of the missionaries doing their jobs helping take care of medical needs in the Karen village and teaching Bible stories to the children.

A couple of weeks later, a Pastor from the church that sponsored the missionaries knocks on Rambo’s door hoping to hire him to take some mercenaries upstream to rescue his missing group.

In the process, the rather subdued John Rambo becomes the hero once more, rescues the missionaries, shows the mercenaries a thing or two, and almost single handedly eliminates an entire base of Burmese soldiers.

This really is a violent story and the ‘R’ rating should be taken seriously when it comes to young children. In one scene, the entire Karen village–men, woman, and children–are brutally mutilated and exterminated by the Burmese troops.

The story is said to realistically portray what is really going on in Burma (Myanmar). It is a little much, but it’s Rambo all over again, and man can he still dish it out!

At the end, the only question left unanswered is–can a man like John Rambo ever go home again?  Stick around for the credits, if you really want to know.


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