Rambo 4 (18)
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Reynaldo Gallegos, Jake La Botz, Tim Kang, Maung Maung Khim, Paul Schulze, Ken Howard & Sai Mawng
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Running Time: 91 minutes
It’s been twenty years since Rambo III and thank God that Sly Stallone is like a fine wine and gets better with age. I thought ‘Rocky Balboa’ was a good film, but Rambo 4 is better.
The last 2 films, I thought, were a bit over the top with weak characters and storyline. But Rambo’s storyline is stronger and is helped along by a good cast.
The story is about a group of missionaries who want Rambo to take them up river from Thailand into Burma so that they can give aid to the people of the war ravaged country. Obviously it all goes wrong and Rambo saves the day.
When the missionaries get kidnapped by the Burmese army, Rambo is asked to take a group of mercenaries into Burma so that they can try to find the missionaries and bring them back safely.
This film has lots of good action sequences in it and a ton of gore, which I thought might have been over the top and unnecessary at first, but it really added to the film and I loved it. One of the best parts of the film being near the end when it all comes to a head, and Rambo gets his hands on a mounted gun on the back of a truck – Sorry, I’m not good with guns so I can’t name it. Its similar to a .50 cal is the best I can do!! Then all hell is let loose!
Stallone doesn’t try to do stupid stunts in the film, but acts like a veteran of war, and he’s still got it in him and I was surprised at just how fit he still seemed.
There is a kind of sub plot to the film, which is how Rambo is coming to terms with his emotions and outlook on life against a country he feels deserted him in his time of need. His final mission, and a relationship between one of the missionaries, helps Rambo to come to terms with what he has seen and done in his life, and find a place where he belongs and can call home.
I thought the ending of the film was very fitting and a nice way to close the door on the ‘Rambo’ franchise.
I personally think that is the kind of Rambo sequel we’ve been waiting for. I loved ‘First Blood’, and now I love Rambo 4. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t have all the sequels as good as this.
3 out of 5