Hunter Stephenson’s Movie Review: RAMBO

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The following review contains very minor spoilers and was written with consideration for those who have not seen it.

I’m disappointed with how Rambo seems to be doing this weekend at the domestic box office, and I am disappointed that I haven’t reviewed the film until now. That said, at least I am reviewing it, as many of the boisterous voices that could have made Sylvester Stallone‘s film an event film with online reviews have not done. There are those action fans, general moviegoers and fanboys who are on the fence about this movie; and for many the tide has already gone out for the film; they’ll get to it on DVD. “Who cares?”

I think this hesitation amongst movie reviewers and movie goers says something about how we deal with age in this country; it signifies that even when an actor goes over and beyond what is expected of him after he’s lived through and outlasted so many copycats, decades of Hollywood, and charlatans to the action throne, the respect is not there like it should be. Is Rambo cool or not cool in the internet culture? Am I too young or too old to see it? I’ve got a college education now, does that matter? What will my buddies straight out of Caddyshack II think if I like it?

America, please.

Review continued after the jump.

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Rambo Death Chart

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“Add Two and a Half Men to my chart.”

I’m not sure Rambo knows basic math, but from the looks of this spiffy new Rambo Death Chart (!!!) attached below, he’s too busy chain-gunning evildoers and furry critter bystanders, anyhow. Wow. I’m talking “three kills a minute for the entire film” wow. For the sake of spoilers, I won’t strip down like the chemistry teacher in Breaking Bad and roll around popping huge ’80s era squibs like bubble wrap right now, but let’s just say Rambo aka Rambo IV has a good 100 more deaths than former frag-champ Rambo III. And the good guys get their fair share of the blackness as well.

I remember when I first read the plot to Rambo I thought Sly was slyly but worrisomely going straight for the Passion of the Christ crowd. Then again, considering the red flow here, maybe he still is. View the numbers after the jump, and cheers to John Mueller at the L.A. Times for his numerical prowess. January 25th is officially Rambo Day.

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New John Rambo Movie Poster?

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I was sent this one-sheet for Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo from a reader named Chuck. I originally posted the item with a precautionary warning that the poster is likely fan-made. And as it turns out, this poster is just a very good fan made creation by Dennis at Filmz.ru, made from an advertisement from a french cinema magazine.

I’m the complete opposite of excited about this sequel. Check out the full poster after the jump.

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John Rambo Sentenced to January Death?

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Lionsgate has announced that they will release Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo on January 25, 2008. January is pretty much considered the kiss of death, where bad films go to die. Aside from Star Wars Special Edition, no other film has made over $29 million on a January opening weekend, and only five January releases have gone on to make over $100 million at the box office. In comparison, December offers six times as many $100 million+ ox office hits, with nine December films going on to $200+ million.

This doesn’t seem like a good faith move by Lionsgate. I could be wrong. Paramount’s move to release Cloverfield in January also seems very curious.

New John Rambo Photos

John RamboLionsgate has released two new photos for Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo. I wasn’t a huge fan of the initial photos, or the horrible Cannes movie trailer, so I’ll spare you from my angry rant about why I believe this movie is going to suck. Keep in mind, I loved Rocky Balboa, so I’m not just “hating on Sly” as some people had commented on the previous post (although I feel even dumber for acknowledging a criticism that includes the slang use of “hating”). Check out the two new photos after the jump. John Rambo hits theaters next year. You have been warned. And let the comments flaming me for not being a “real man” just because I’m not hyped for another Rambo film begin…

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Paul Schulze cast in Rambo 4

Paul SchulzePaul Schulze (who most recently played Sandy Panzarella in David Fincher’s Zodiac) has been cast in a lead role in Rambo IV (currently titled John Rambo). Most people will probably recognize Schulze as Father Phil Intintola from The Sopranos or Ryan Chappelle in 24.

According to imdb, the next chapter finds Rambo recruited by a group of Christian human rights missionaries to protect them against pirates, during a humanitarian aid deliver to the persecuted Karen people of Burma. After some of the missionaries are taken prisoner by sadistic Burmese soldiers, Rambo gets a second impossible job: to assemble a team of mercenaries to rescue the surviving relief workers.

But does the plot really matter in a Rambo movie?

Other cast members include Sylvester Stallone (John Rambo), Sam Elliott, Matthew Marsden (Mercenary) and Sai Mawng.

The movie will film in Thailand, Mexico and the U.S. Schulze’s other credits include Panic Room, Don’t Say A Word, The Sopranos, 24, The Nine, Standoff and The Closer.

John Rambo hits theaters in 2008.

Rambo IV renamed John Rambo

Rambo IVSylverter Stallone has announced that Rambo IV: Pearl of the Cobra has been renamed to John Rambo.

When Stallone announced that Rocky VI would be called Rocky Balboa, I snickered. I just didn’t like the change from tradition. I understood that was the whole point, to publicly acknowledge and separate the film from the last couple bombs. But the title grew on me as time went on, and the movie did not disappoint (which is probably key).

I’m not a big fan of the Rambo IV title change. I’m one of those DVD buying fanatics with a wall full of DVD’s in alphabetical order. And something really bothers me about having to separate the rest of the Rambo series from John Rambo due to a first name title change. And before I get the eventual comment: Yes, I know Rambo was titled First Blood. And Yes, that bothered me too. I’m also one of the few people that didn’t mind that George Lucas renamed Raiders to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark on the DVD release. May-be I just have OCD.

Anyway, the story line involves a retired John Rambo, living a monastic lifestyle in Bangkok. When a group of volunteers bringing supplies into Burma disappears, a relative of one of the missing missionaries begs John to help find them. He heads off with a team of young guns.

John Rambo starts shooting on February 23rd in Thailand. The movie is scheduled for a Summer 2008 release.

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