#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat. Even though he is looking to avoid trouble, trouble has a way of finding him: a group of Christian human rights missionaries, led by Michael Burnett and Sarah Miller, approach Rambo with the desire to rent his boat to travel up the river to Burma. For over fifty years, Burma has been a war zone. The Karen people of the region, who consist of peasants and farmers, have endured brutally oppressive rule from the murderous Burmese military and have been struggling for survival every single day. After some inner contemplation, Rambo accepts the offer and takes Michael, Sarah, and the rest of the missionaries up the river. When the missionaries finally arrive at the Karen village, they find themselves part of a raid by the sadistic Major Pa Tee Tint and a slew of Burmese army men. A portion of the villagers and missionaries are tortured and viciously murdered, while Tint and his men hold the remainder captive. Concerned by their disappearance, the minister in charge of the mission gathers a group of mercenaries and pleas Rambo transport them with his boat, since he knows their last exact location. But Rambo can’t stay behind: he joins the team where he belongs, to liberate the survivors from the clutches of Major Tint in what may be one of his deadliest missions ever
Plot: When governments fail to act on behalf of captive missionaries, ex-Green Beret John James Rambo sets aside his peaceful existence along the Salween River in a war-torn region of Thailand to take action. Although he’s still haunted by violent memories of his time as a U.S. soldier during the Vietnam War, Rambo can hardly turn his back on the aid workers who so desperately need his help.
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_**Intense with more depth than you might think**_
John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is alone, bitter and living hand-to-mouth in Thailand when a group of Christian missionaries enlist him to take them into Burma (aka Myanmar) to aid a village. Rambo discourages them in light of the political instability, which includes persecutions and mass slayings, but they insist. Weeks later he learns that the missionaries are missing so he goes back with a group of mercenaries.
“Rambo” (2008) is the fourth installment in the franchise after “First Blood” (1982), “Rambo: First Blood Part II” (1985) and “Rambo III” (1988). I’m a huge fan of the first one, which I think is an action/adventure masterpiece, but the next two films are too comic-booky and the characters are cardboard, although Stallone never looked better and the locations are fabulous.
This third sequel makes up for that because it’s not comic booky at all and there’s quite a bit of depth, albeit not much in dialogue form. It combines elements of “Apocalypse Now,” “The Killing Fields” & the first two Rambo films and is grim & intense from beginning to end, not to mention it’s one of the most violent films ever made. The picture powerfully illustrates the best and worst in humanity. The Christian missionaries are willing to risk everything to help the villagers, whereas the Myanmar militarists revel in slaughtering scores of unarmed people for “fun”; they’re also shown abusing/raping women and boys. Obviously they’ve given themselves wholly over to the darkside of their natures. Such reprobates are only worthy of one thing: Utter annihilation.
Several important themes are addressed in the picture besides the main one:
* BITTERNESS/DESPAIR AND DELIVERANCE. The beginning of the film shows Rambo in a state of utter bitterness: He’s just existing. He has no friends. He doesn’t talk much and, when he does, it’s few words laced with expletives. The male leader of the missionaries is completely unable to talk him into helping them. Two Biblical proverbs state “a gentle answer turns away wrath” and “a gentle tongue can break a bone.” The female missionary (Julie Benz) knows this and skillfully talks John into helping them. Yet there’s more going on here. This woman with a heart of gold is Rambo’s “golden connection” out of the rut of bitterness. Despite his gruff exterior, she sees something in him, something in his eyes – a good heart, even greatness, a genuine glimmer, however faint. Is Rambo helping the missionaries or is she the one helping him? John instinctively realizes the rope she’s throwing him and takes hold of it. There’s nothing sensual about their relationship, despite her attractiveness; it’s solely spiritual. She stirs in him the hope and faith he’s been longing for.
* VIOLENCE IS NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY. Although this is a very violent film it skillfully shows when pacifism _is_ appropriate. Note the incident on Rambo’s riverboat when the lead mercenary continually insults John and tries to provoke him into a fight. Rambo just ignores him, not even saying a word. In other words, he refuses to allow someone to victimize him and draw him into a conflict that has no positive purpose. It takes true strength to do this and Rambo has this strength. Indeed, John treats the guy as if he’s a bothersome gnat. What do you do when a gnat bothers you? Do you break out a machine gun or merely ignore it? This is the “turn the cheek” principle.
* TOTAL PACIFISM DOES NOT WORK. The New Testament does not support the idea of absolute pacifism, but rather limited pacifism (only resorting to violence when justified). For instance, Christ’s ministry team had a treasury box with loads of money and some of his workers carried swords for protection from thieves & murderers. Also, Romans 13 clearly states that the righteous laws of human governments are God-ordained for the purpose of punishing criminals, including the right to execute when appropriate. The vast majority of sane Christians realize this, but there are a few extremists who refuse to be BALANCED with the Scriptures on this topic and insist that conflict, and especially armed conflict, is never appropriate. The lead male missionary represents such a person, but perhaps he’ll learn the error of his ways. The simple fact is: Some people are so degenerate and evil that execution is the only just ultimate reaction (notice I said “ultimate”).
* RAMBO’S SPIRITUAL REBIRTH. The first two sequels show Rambo searching for truth and flirting with religion and spirituality. In the second film he gets a Buddhist necklace off the Asian woman he befriends and at the beginning of “Rambo III” he is shown living & working at a Buddhist temple helping the priests; later, he meets and wins the hearts of moderate Islamic villagers and gives his necklace to a Muslim boy who helped him. In this movie the female missionary is key to John’s positive transformation; at one point she gently asks him whether or not he has any family in the USA. He mumbles that he might have a father, he wasn’t sure, and didn’t seem to care. Shortly later she gives him a cross necklace for helping them (he wouldn’t take money). Anyway, the end of the film shows Rambo walking to his family ranch in southern Arizona. Obviously John had a positive spiritual metamorphosis in the story that leads to a decade of peace & love before the next film, “Last Blood” (2019).
“Rambo” was written & directed by Stallone and shot in Thailand (and Arizona). It’s short & sweet at 1 hour, 32 minutes.
Kick-ass action all around and although the story is on the basic side and has minimal character development for Rambo himself, just a bloody, albeit too much of it CGI’d, entertaining especially an action-fest finale. Amazing, especially being the fourth entry into the series.
I Just Watched All 5 Movies, & This Is Definitely The Best Rambo
There isn’t a dull second in this film. It is full of memorable & cinematic “moments” and packed with insane carnage, all with tourniquet-tight editing (Extended Cut only hits the end credits at just over 90 minutes). Even the slow start is almost serene, using the Apocalypse Now ever-flowing, insidiously slow but constant stream to lure us into a deeper part of our own selves. To deliver us, along with a group of believers, into a true hell on earth.
“Nothing does change. It’s what is.”
As my first viewing now since having seen the first three, I can appreciate the way this film mythologizes the character. This is done in part through School Boy’s reverence, which adds a great counterbalance to the chemistry of the cast. We also revisit the human core of the first installment, from the dialogue scene in the rain to the close up of his knife sinking with the boat-symbolizing the indefinite struggle of a PTSD veteran who has to live with the heavy soul of his past. And the St. Francis prayer recited in the backdrop of the weapon-welding montage: a prayer of opposites, of contradictions, of embracing humility and forgiveness in the face of evil. A prayer of philosophical inquisition-an appeal directly to God to help one understand and navigate the world around us with greater wisdom and clarity. It is a fitting theme for John Rambo.
“Where there is darkness, light.”
Granted, the film is not a cerebral one, but it has some fitting choices for mood and set up. The peaceful stream to doom is abruptly juxtaposed by a sheer brutality that is so extreme, it can really only be matched by the unrestrained amount of violence onscreen throughout the last act. Could Stallone have capitalized on this earlier mood and went with more stealth à la First Blood? Sure, but given how perfect the pacing is and the pointed catharsis of the film’s setup & violent delivery, I find it quite forgivable how shamelessly the film forgoes drama and suspense, all without betraying character. In this way, Rambo truly is a staple barebones action film. A fitting peak in the series as a manifestation of his inner war.
The baddies are paper thin and one-dimensional, but the Tatmadaw Burmese militia being a real entity and perpetrators of genocide gives the antagonists weight. The solid score from Brian Tyler is built around Jerry Goldsmith’s classic theme from the earlier installments, yet polished free of the 80s vibe (Battle Adagio stands out as John Rambo’s new theme). Visually, the post-production CGI blood is poor and detracting. I don’t know how much of that can be attributed to the feature’s comparatively lower budget having been independently made by Stallone. Nonetheless, I admire the man’s passion for the legacy that his films leave for his fans.
David Morrell, the writer of the original novel “First Blood”, has said this is the closest in tone he has seen any of the movies get to the character he wrote. Personally, I think Rambo 4 has the best of both worlds: a sincere depiction of an aged Rambo and the over-the-top action, brutality, and thrills of Rambo II & III. I’d even say it is the best of all the Rambo movies.
Good action film is also disturbingly violent
Probably the only true sequel to First Blood, and another step from the wilderness for Sylvester Stallone as a filmmaker. While not as good as the last Rocky film it is a decent action film that is a bit troubling in the level of its violence.
The plot has Rambo in Thailand being hired to take a bunch of missionaries up stream into war torn Burma. At first reluctant to do so, he sees the trouble ahead, he is talked into it by Sarah who convinces him thats its better to die for something, than live for nothing. When the missionaries go missing the head of the church the missionaries came from hires Rambo to take some mercenaries to where he left the first group. Not one to sit behind Rambo once more finds himself in the thick of the battle.
Quite simply one of the most graphically violent war films I’ve ever seen. Blood and body parts fly freely. It is almost too much to take, which is sad since in five years it’s violence will probably be the norm. Trust me on this, if blood and broken bodies bother you don’t see this film. Its effect is very visceral, becoming a real punch in the stomach. Amazingly Stallone manages to keep the body count high and not lose its effect, something many over the top war films fail to achieve.
What troubles me is the films moral center is not clear. While its clear that Stallone and Rambo do not feel violence is never good (a sentiment expressed by one of the characters) its bothersome to wonder at what point is it too much violence? I don’t think the film knows and so it tries, and on some level succeeds, to hedge its bets. I think it works only because there is so much blood and carnage(as there probably would be in a battle of this sort) that you are kind of forced to ponder the implications of it all.
Of course I could be reading too much into it.
As an action film this is a pretty good popcorn film. It moves at a good clip, isn’t too long, about 90 minutes, and isn’t really that lost in Reagan era jingoistic politics (come on the second and third films are laughably bad, as are many of Stallone’s films from the same time).
If you like action films I say give it a shot.
6.5 to 7 out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min), 1 hr 39 min (99 min) (extended), 1 hr 20 min (80 min) (FSK 16 rated) (cut) (Germany)
Genre Action, Adventure, Thriller
Director Sylvester Stallone
Writer Art Monterastelli, Sylvester Stallone, David Morrell
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden
Country Germany, United States, Thailand
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, DTS (5.1)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 235, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 435 Xtreme, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Hollywood Intermediate, Burbank (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Kantana, Bangkok, Thailand (film processing), Modern VideoFilm, Burbank (CA), USA (dailies: Los Angeles)
Film Length 2,483 m (Sweden), 2,533 m (Portugal, 35mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Dolby Vision, Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3513DI), D-Cinema