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In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

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Missionary #5 (Preacher) (as James Wearing Smith)
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Storyline

Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat. Even though he is looking to avoid trouble, trouble has a way of finding him: a group of Christian human rights missionaries, led by Michael Burnett and Sarah Miller, approach Rambo with the desire to rent his boat to travel up the river to Burma. For over fifty years, Burma has been a war zone. The Karen people of the region, who consist of peasants and farmers, have endured brutally oppressive rule from the murderous Burmese military and have been struggling for survival every single day. After some inner contemplation, Rambo accepts the offer and takes Michael, Sarah, and the rest of the missionaries up the river. When the missionaries finally arrive at the Karen village, they find themselves part of a raid by the sadistic ... Written by stallonezone.com / Drew Lahat

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Heroes never die.... They just reload.

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Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,247,195 (UK) (22 February 2008)

Gross:

$42,724,402 (USA) (21 March 2008)
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Trivia

In many countries, the first installment, First Blood (1982) was re-titled "Rambo", so the title for the fourth installment had to be changed accordingly. In several countries, including France and Germany, the film is called "John Rambo." In Russia, the film is called "Rambo 4." See more »

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The Claymore mine changes from a training Claymore (Blue in color) to an Airsoft Claymore (OD Green but with a pellet loading hole in the front cover). The tripwire firing mechanism also changes between shots, but was not present when Schoolboy tossed it to Rambo. See more »

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Sarah: I don't know what to say.
John J. Rambo: Then you shouldn't say anything, should you?
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Written by Chuck Jonkey (as Charles Jonkey)
Performed by Chuck Jonkey & Lugsil
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Courtesy of Jonkey Enterprises Sonic Safari Music
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tag line says all, the year's first great action movie.
25 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A straight action film only Stallone could deliver. Nobody else could direct such an uncompromising pursuit of battle. The battle sequences of this movie are glorious and violent in a way that is special, a new extreme level of tension was achieved in my opinion and I don't say this in blind excitement.

This movie delivers a movie-high that is not often attempted. Movies usually hold back or simply fail at achieving visceral action and instead try to balance themselves between action, plot, drama, comedy, etc, and in many cases in modern films this only lowers the quality of the experience. The downfall of Rambo you could say is its small concern for character drama, indeed the scenes looking at the female lead and the mercenary group are pretty poorly acted (though this allows the scenes to focus on Stallone's disregard for their antics, it can get annoying to sit through).

The mercenary group's character were so over the top in acting however it came off like farce to me which was actually really entertaining, seeing their macho lines fall dead in the air, Stallone giving them no respect.

The battles were glorious even if the film has flaws, but it focuses on the battle as it should, and achieves glorious cinematic victory. Great experience.


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