I was always gonna like this movie on the account of being a massive Stallone and Rambo fan.
The film is well made, tight 90 min running time and a good story, relevant to what is actually going on in Burma.
Be warned the film is very Gory and Violent in parts. Much more than the previous 3 in the series.
Performance wise, well Stallone is RAMBO, even though he is a little subdued and beaten down with time and age this time.
The last scene was brilliant - bring on Number 5.
If you are already a RAMBO fan then it is a 4/5. And if you are new in class then probably a 3/5.
P.S - check out the extras bit with the little doc-u about the Burma situation. Interesting
I'm a fan of the Rambo series, esp First Blood, which I can watch over and over.
This film is quite shocking compared to the others in the series. The much-touted death count seems on the low side for one thing. But it's the graphic nature of the killings which is so disturbing. There's bits of people being blown or hacked off with oceans of Harlequins-inspired blood filling the screen. It's pretty unpleasant, almost heading into Private Ryan territory. I get that showing the horror being inflicted on the people of Burma is the main point of the film, but I don't get a thrill from watching Rambo scythe people literally in two with a machine gun. It's just too over the top and isn't necessary for the pretty limited story. It detracts from the brutality of the regime and the plight of the people.
Too much bloodshed. I know it's supposed to highlight the problems of Burma, but seeing this film just informs you of how ruthless they are out there. There is nothing else in this film that could have a personal impact on your life. no real plot involved in it. Stallone is still a great actor though. He's in great shape for a man in his sixties. The end was quite symbolic, I suppose. Not a bad price. You should see it at least once.
This film has what all the other Rambo's didn't. In Rambo 1, 2 & 3 there was far too much acting and far too little killing. Rambo 4 has got the balance just right with 99.873% killing and 0.127% acting (a massive 236 kills in roughly 90 minutes, averaging 3.04 kills per minute.) Unfortunately, the only let down in this film is the fact that after 46 shirt-off kills in Rambo 3, there were no shirt-off kills in Rambo 4. In addition to this, your attention is captivated right from the start with the first kill in a mere 3:22 (as opposed to 29:31 in Rambo First Blood, 33:34 in Rambo First Blood Part 2 and 41:09 in Rambo 3.)
Overall, this film is an epic masterpiece of 21st century film making.
Personally I cannot wait until 2011 and the release of Rambo 5! There is only one Rambo and this lean, mean killing machine's expectations are high for the sequel to come.
This is not a good film at all. The acting is horrible, there is far too much violence which is very over the top anyway and the plot is basically the same as the third one(people get captured in a foreign and unfriendly country and rambo comes to the rescue). Watch out for the final shootout with the machine gun, its very violent. People into gory movies will love this otherwise steer clear off this