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Rambo (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller, War  |  25 January 2008 (USA)
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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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Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat.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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Rated R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,203,876 (USA) (25 January 2008)

Gross:

$42,724,402 (USA) (21 March 2008)
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Originally, Rambo was supposed to hold the M2 .50 caliber machine gun in his hands and fire it, but when fully assembled the .50 weighed 120 lbs. Stallone was still capable of holding and firing it but it was too cumbersome for quick movements, so they mounted it on the back of a jeep instead. See more »

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When the mercenaries are talking to Rambo on the way to Burma, Rambo's hands constantly change position on the steering handle between shots. See more »

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Lewis: [to Tint] Gutless fuck! Come and have a go at me, you lady-boy cunt!
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Follows First Blood (1982) See more »

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Tiny
Written and Performed by Jake La Botz
Published by Bug Music o/b/o Under the Well Music (BMI)
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An modern 80s action movie that pulls no punches.
28 January 2008 | by (West Coat, USA.) – See all my reviews

Rambo is an 80s-style action movie with modern sensibilities. Stallone is not a one-man army as in previous movies but rather a dogged old soldier that comes to terms with what he actually is while racking up a body count that would make Tarintino proud. In many ways, this movie parallels Rocky Balboa as a mature ending to a series of sometimes over-the-top but fun action movies. John Rambo in this movie is an aging but potent killing machine that for the first time since First Blood accomplishes his mission in a very believable manner. The action is visceral and downright gory at times surpassing the hard-core scenes of Omaha Beach in Saving Private Ryan. The film pulls no punches when showing exactly what a Barret .50 caliber sniper rifle can do to a human body. Stallone mutters only a very few lines of dialog in this movie... there's no speeches or patriotic flag waving going on here but there is a clear lesson on how well liberal idealism holds up under barbaric realities amid genocide and war.

A must see but not one for the kiddies.


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