4 Political Correctness...what's that?farnzy | 13/03/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Stallone is back as an older, wiser and bloodier John Rambo than ever before. If you can forgive the fact that he uses Burma's political tragedy as a back drop to secure an excuse for the ultra-violence which showers the screen; Rambo is an extremely well directed action flick.Stallone adopts the same sentimental approach he did with his excellent Rocky Balboa-namely playing with his own mythology, twisting his iconic score and imagery so that the audience identify strongly with the central character. Rambo and Rocky because they are so familiar make you tap into your own sense mortality and regret for things that might have been. The feeling of time and history they both evoke is perhaps unique in cinema today.Stallone is also clever enough to realise that the same audience wont buy Rambo defeating an entire army by himself anymore. He can still rip throats out on demand but he needs a gang of stereotypical mercenaries to help him out now. Marsden as the sniper, School Boy, proves to be very useful in this and it is to Stallones credit he makes maximum use of this character.The violence when perpertrated between combatants is acceptable and will have many cheering in a midnight movie style. However Stallone is perhaps on dodgey ground when portraying atrocities against civilians. Some imagery evokes scenes from "The Killing Fields" and the audience must question if this in poor taste or not. One sequence which does leave a sour taste is the treatment of a quartet of Burmese women at the hands of a drugged up gang of soldiers. This is further exacebated by the cross-cutting of Rambo saving the only Western woman in the camp as they are left to their horrific fate.Rambo is another economical exercise in direction from Stallone which is really an excuse for the formidable final battle which takes the breath away and makes you forget the politics of the first half.