Movie Review – Rambo IV – Harrowing

Rambo IV

In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

I was always a big fan of Rambo, of course Rambo: First Blood is still the classic and one of the best action/hero movies ever made. Sadly 2 and 3 were a bit weak with more action but a lot less character.

I was interested to hear about Rambo making a come-back, and what a comeback he made.

The movie starts out with Stallone looking like an out of shape washed up hippy catching snakes in Thailand to support himself and driving a boat.

But shortly after that all hell breaks lose and trust me when I say it’s brutal, it’s really intense, the action scenes are horrifying and remind me of the tension and pace of Black Hawk Down.

Stallone has still got it, big time! He rocks this movie and Rambo is a hero once again.

Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo

The movie is gritty and gory, much more so than I would have expected. The storyline is good enough and the filming is excellent.

Stallone really makes the movie come alive, he gives a lot of depth to Rambo, a guy who just wants to be left alone. Plus he really does look tough, remember this is a guy who is almost 62!

Honestly I was surprised how good this movie was, for once my expectations were exceeded. Don’t get me wrong it’s not deep nor is it the best movie ever made, but it’s a hell of an action flick.

If you haven’t watched it, do so now or I’ll shoot you with an arrow – 7.5/10.




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10 Responses to Movie Review – Rambo IV – Harrowing

  1. Bert August 21, 2008 at 12:22 am #

    the most realistic Rambo ever 🙂

  2. boringest August 21, 2008 at 1:57 am #

    236 kills in this one…2.59 killings per minute!!! =)

  3. calvin August 21, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    without a doubt…the best rambo movie ever. stallone looks kinda old though, even with makeup. this movie kinda reminded me of the ol tamil movies, you get 100 bullet holes in your body but you can still blabber for 1/2 hour…hahaha

  4. Dabido August 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

    Calvin – Sounds like an Opera, where they stab the guy and rather than die he sings for an hour! 🙂

    ST – Well, Stalone looks that good as he uses Human Growth Hormone etc to keep himself going (which is why they booted him out of Aussie for trying to bring weird substances into the country).
    I never consider Rambo 2 & 3 to be connected with First Blood. Same name, but completely different character. First movie was the best … 3 was too far fetched. Not sure if I’d like 4. lol

  5. kevin August 21, 2008 at 11:11 pm #

    try catching it on Blu-Ray on a huge plasma/lcd.

  6. Xander August 25, 2008 at 6:06 am #

    The blood, the gore…especially the part where he made a ‘quick-draw’ of his pistol and shoots the bad guy in the head..or was it his eye? Don’t matter…its a ‘guys movie’; not sure if chicks would dig it..haha!

  7. nocrid August 27, 2008 at 3:26 am #

    Poor old guy hiding behind a big gun. No offend to the old guy but just the bullet of that big gun. The bullet can cut human into half…Power sial….

  8. ShaolinTiger August 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm #

    Bert: Yah the action was awesome.

    boringest: One of the highest kill rates in any movie!

    calvin: Hahaha yah, he looks old but he still looks like he can rock it.

    Dabido: 2 and 3 were complete junk yah, I recommend watching this though it’s very good.

    kevin: Yah that’ll be my plan when I get a new house, big 50″ TV and a Bluray player 🙂

    Xander: 100% Guys movie.

    nocrid: That was a real depiction of what happens when you get hit by a M-2 50 calibre gun at close range. It really does cut people in half.

  9. Juanito September 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    have to admit the show was above my expectations.. i thot it would be a superhero 1 against all kinda movie but it turned out to be better than i thot…

  10. ShaolinTiger September 11, 2008 at 1:32 am #

    Juanito: Yah it exceeded my expectations too, I was pleasantly surprised!