Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat.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
Throughout the movie, Rambo's wearing almost the exact same clothes he wore in the opening scene of First Blood (1982). See more »
When Rambo is using the .50 caliber machine gun in the final action scene, it runs out of bullets and makes several clicking sounds to indicate it is empty. The gun would only click empty once since the gun's action only operates by firing, thus cycling the round and cocking the action. See more »
Look at this fucking place. Only a fucking ape would live here. What the fuck am I doing here?
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The 100-minute extended cut features the following additions and changes:
The main title card shows as 'John Rambo' and now appears across the screen.
At the beginning, Rambo traps the second snake followed by a new scene where the deckhands played with it on the boat.
While working on the metal for the new propeller, Sara visits him in an another attempt to persuade him to change his mind to take them upriver.
While upriver, Rambo and Sara's moments are longer, as both get to know one another better.
The bad guy who laid dying on Rambo's boat only has a bullet shot on the head. In the theatrical cut, there were multiple gunshots all over the body.
While passing the armor boat on the way back from Burma, Rambo takes out his knife in the hidden compartment.
After driving the armor boat to the shore, there is an additional scene where he burns it along with his knife.
During the village massacre by the regime, there were alternate shots of villages in cages and the hazing of the young boys.
When the pastor seeks Rambo's help, he was actually instructed to pray while Rambo forges his blade. Later, the pastor watches the mercenaries head downriver.
While escaping the military village, Rambo notices lacerations on Sara's feet and bandages them.
I saw this at an advance screening in Oslo, and going in, I didn't expect it to be any more than a cheesy and somewhat gory tribute to eighties actioners by a star/director/producer/writer who was desperate to relive past glory. That latter may or may not be true, but my former assessment was plain wrong. This movie is authentic, shocking and unlike any other comparable movie.
Given its genre, the movie is a masterpiece. The story is simple but solid, and works on several levels. The action scenes are unparalleled, more intense than "Black Hawk Down", "Saving Private Ryan" and "Stalingrad" put together. The level of brutality and gore will shock and fascinate, and no doubt cause some level of controversy.
Stallone proves himself to be an excellent director, as well as in excellent shape for his age. I had little faith in him going in, and I stand corrected.
This is a Rambo who has come to terms with who and what he is, in a movie that holds up when compared with the original "First Blood". Well done, Sly. Well done indeed.
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