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Kino Korner September 18, 2007
 
Preview Review: Rambo IV
Nine months to the rebirth of Rambo By Alexander Zaitchik Browse author Email
 
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The worst-timed film release in motion picture history

The do-gooders go upriver on their own, get caught by the Burmese Army during a raid on a Karen village, and end up prisoners in a Hanoi Hilton-style camp. One of the kids' fathers shows up and pleads for Rambo's help. They say a Christian prayer together -- Stallone, who sent a check to Rick Santorum's reelection campaign, has apparently met Jesus -- and finally the ass-kicking can begin. Serious, high body-count, 80s-action-style, jungle-set ass-kicking. Think Rambo II, minus the communism.

Since this isn't the official trailer, Stallone had free reign and took full advantage. I counted at least 15 kills in the 90-second action montage, including a decapitation by survival knife, a close-range mincing by jeep-mounted machine gun, and a bare-handed throat-rip in which Rambo casually sends a Burmese Adam's Apple bouncing across a bamboo rape room. Like Rambo tells one of the rescued kids, "When you're pushed, killin's as easy as breathin'."

Burned by the end of the Cold War, Stallone was obviously playing it safe by choosing Burma as a political conflict/police state unlikely to change by the time of release. There will be no Burmese Gorbachev. The irony is that 20 years after the misfire release of Rambo III, Hollywood is again open to cartoon Russian villains. Maybe Stallone should bring Drago back for Rocky VII. Last I heard Dolf Lundgren was stuck in straight-to-DVD land and could use the work.


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