Review of Rambo 4 aka John Rambo

Rambo 4 aka John Rambo
“Watch the trailer and leave it at that. An unfitting end to a franchise that started very well and got worse. Surprisingly this movie cheapens it even more.”

Rambo: First Blood is one of the original blockbuster action movies, totally macho and totally cool. The 4th installment of this movie is John Rambo taking on bad people made of plasticine who when shot either explode into bits or are cut in half.

A badly written, badly shot and badly choreographed movie, the level of violence and gore is astounding. To reinforce that these bad people are bad, there are multiples scenes of them decapitating people, hanging children, shooting and burning babies and more. In fact maybe a little too much time is spent on the sadism of these abd people.

There is also an underlying theme that the only way to solve a situation is with violence. Again and again it shoves the fact that non-violence is a waste of time right down your throat and that Christian missionaries are fools and in the end they too will come round to the use of violence.

A total waste of money to see this in the cinema. Rent this on DVD, along with some early Peter Jackson movies and drink a lot of alcohol. This is the original movie with every single good thing about it removed and replaced with third rate production.

Rated 1/5 on Feb 03 2008
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9 Responses to “Review of Rambo 4 aka John Rambo”

  1. Piaras Kelly says:

    I totally want to see this now 😀

  2. Ken Stanley says:

    Couldn’t agree more with the 1 star rating. Absolute dross. The level and nature of the violence is moronic and unnecessary as well.

    On another note – In Rambo 3, the protagonist spends the movie helping out the Taliban in Afghanistan. Does this mean that John Rambo a terrorist? Is that why he was exiled to Thailand in Rambo 4? Something worth pondering IMO. 😀

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  4. Emmet Ryan says:

    I think calling First Blood a “blockbuster action movie” and “totally macho” does it a dis-service. I find both to be good traits in films but First Blood is so much more than that.

    I learnt about Rambo around the same time I saw Rocky Balboa and I felt a faint glimmer of hope that like Rocky Balboa they might go back to the drawing board and look at what made the original work. A Rambo film that focussed on a vet 35 odd years after ‘Nam who now only has his skills rather than superhuman strength (ala the 2nd and 3rd Rambo flicks) to help him. That could have worked, instead the trailer and your review give the impression that this is basically following on from Rambo III as though it was a well thought out film.

    I’m still going to watch it but be warned folks, this might not be the end of the saga. Stallone opted against calling it John Rambo because it would imply that, like Rocky Balboa, this was the end of the story. Stallone said he is open to making further Rambo flicks. Nothing is over!!!

  5. Alexia says:

    I’m assuming you got a preview copy, esp since it hasn’t hit the cinemas yet.

  6. Cupid Stunt says:

    “An unfitting end to a franchise that started very well and got worse.”

    Don’t speak too soon… Rambo V could be a reality…

  7. In the interest of full disclosure (seen as you’re totally trashing the film), did you see this in the cinema, on some sort of advance preview DVD, or on one of the gawd awful ‘filmed-in-the-cinema-on-a-mobile-phone’ jobs I’ve seen floating about the place?

    Because if it’s option three then I don’t think your review carries any weight whatsoever. That’s no way to strap yourself in and enjoy a loud and brash action flick.

  8. jay mac says:

    any body who has anything bad to say about the film,shut up!if you feel that way why did you even bother to go and see it?it was known for its violence/gore before it even was in the cinema so your comments arent worth anything!

  9. Ken Stanley says:

    Yes, shut up all of you. With your damn opinions!