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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Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat.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:

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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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The first Rambo feature where he utilizes his bow and not his unique explosive arrowheads. In First Blood, he did not employ a bow. See more »

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The large bomb found in the jungle is not a Tallboy as previously suggested, but a "Grand Slam", the successor to the Tallboy bomb. The key indicator is the overall size of the larger 22,000 pound bomb, and the aerofoil shape of the stabilizing fins, versus the relatively flat fins of the tallboy. It's perfectly plausible that such a bomb could sympathetically detonate after 60 years in the jungle. The explosive filler is a cast RDX/TNT based explosive (torpex) which is more or less impervious to the elements. While it's entirely possible, and quite likely that the secondary booster explosives would have deteriorated, and indeed the very fact that the bomb did not explode when dropped would suggest that the fuses were damaged or misused, it's entirely possible that a very large container of torpex could be sympathetically detonated with a C4-based claymore. The implausible aspect of the bomb is that, indeed, they were only used in Germany, were extremely rare and expensive, and could only be dropped from a fairly specialized Lancaster bomber. See more »

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Features Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) See more »

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Rambo is simply great!!!
25 January 2008 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Rambo is a great action movie and reminds me on how the action movies were made in 80's. The plot is developing very fast and the pacing is very good. Sly is doing all his stunts and doesn't speak much. Mercenaries were good in my opinion and without them the movie would be to unbelievable and unrealistic.

Rambo displays the war like I've never seen it before and believe me I've watched many war movies. Camera is beautiful, music is perfect and fits to the action scenes. Bryan Tyler's take on Goldsmith "Home coming" theme is in the beginning and in the end of the movies (ending is great).

I have 3 objections: 1. - the acting of Julie Benz was too unbelievable to me. 2. - maybe more drama and less action (not necessarily). 3. -camera work in some places is to "shaky" for my taste, but on the other hand it gives a lot of tension to the action.

Everything else is great.

My expectations were high and now I am pleasantly surprised. I had my doubts about the movie (especially after some negative critic reviews), but now all I have to say thank you Sly for giving us Rambo IV.

I must say the movie may not be for everyone because of violence, but I think every Rambo fan and fans of the action movies of the 80's will be happy with this movie. My theater was filled .

I hope it does well at the US box-office because Sly deserves it. I have no doubt that the movie will be success in other parts of the world also.

Rambo is definitely back!!!


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