Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat.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
During the montage after Rambo is asked to transport the mercenaries, it shows the alternate ending to First Blood (1982) where Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) would have ended Rambo's revenge on Teasle by shooting him in the abdomen. See more »
In the final gun battle sequence, Rambo uses the jeep mounted gun to fire on the driver, and splatters blood all over the bullet shield. When he gets off of the machine gun, the bullet shield is clean. See more »
[while aiming an arrow at Lewis' eye]
Any of you boys want to shoot, now's the time. There isn't one of us that doesn't want to be someplace else. But this is what we do, who we are. Live for nothing, or die for something. Your call.
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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.
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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