5 Works on every level, and better than you're expectingglenn262 | 11/04/2008 | See all glenn262's reviews (5)It's nice to see an action movie that pulls no punches. 'Rambo' shows you war in all its hideousness without any preaching about it's futility (this is left as somewhat obvious from the action anyway) and certainly without the glitzy glamourisation present in 'First Blood Part II'. People don't just fall over when shot by a machine gun, their bodies are ripped apart and their limbs blown off. No punches are pulled, and the film is all the better for it. It's one of the most violent, relentless and nasty mainstream movies you will ever see, but it's shot and paced so well that it's totally engrossing from start to finish. It works brilliantly as both an action movie and a war film, and that's a rare thing.'Rambo' doesn't try to be anything it isn't. It has no pretentions to be epic nor any excessive moralizations. It's another day's work for John Rambo with the only moral of the story being 'you can't change anything'. It presents a gritty story with no frills but is very well done, and whilst it's certainly explicit, I personally didn't find it to be unrealistically or gratuitously so, more disconcertingly true to life in its depiction of cruelty during wartime. Yet though images this nasty may push the boundaries of what might be considered 'entertainment', it is very refreshing to watch a film this honest. I'd recommend it to anyone who can stomach it, and have high hopes for the Blu-ray.