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Mark Kermode | 12:06 UK time, Thursday, 3 July 2008

Too bad Rambo never said never again.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Can I let you in to a secret - those of us who watch this do probably hear your anecdotes elsewhere - why don't you give us something you don't tell the others

  • Comment number 2.

    Gosh, the way you go on anyone would think it wrong to machine-gun foreigners. On a happier note there's the news of the discovery of a full version of Metropolis in Buenos Aires (

    Maybe the gods of cinema take away with one hand, and give back with the other...

  • Comment number 3.

    Worth it just for the Sly impression, which I don't think I've ever heard before. It's up there with my favourites, but I still don't rate it as highly as the Penelope Cruz impression.

  • Comment number 4.

    What say you for a sequel to this garbage?
    Video and movie receipts of this crap will certainly encourage some producer to plonk down $10mm on Sly's lap

    What else does he have to do?


  • Comment number 5.

    The thing is, I have enjoyed the mindless violence of films made in the 80's. To me, the previous Rambo films have always seemed like comic book caricatures. The bad acting, outlandish plot, stupid bad guys and ridiculous invulnerability of the hero all combined to produce a hilarious bit of fun. Like "Big Trouble in Little China", only without the self-awareness of its own excesses of "gung-ho".

    I had to turn the latest Rocky off 15 minutes in. Once I saw the children and babies getting killed and molested I realised the golden days of 'stupid Rambo' were over and had been replaced with something far more sinister. Unlike Kermode, I think its OK to enjoy things being blown up every now and then, but I think that trying to create some kind of moral backdrop for the portrayal of very realistic killing actually makes it far worse not better. Keep the super-violence over the top and ridiculous I reckon, its more entertaining and less likely to disturb...

  • Comment number 6.

    It could be worse - Stallone could have remade Italian Stallion!

  • Comment number 7.

    It's very sad when cinema gets this bad.

    The really sad thing is that the First Rambo film is pretty good!

    It's the modern day audience and Hollywood that ask for this sort of rubbish to be made.

    They both get what they deserve, I just keep well out of it....

  • Comment number 8.

    I did like First Blood a lot. But the films after that got worse and worse. I didn't see Rambo 4. But the first film actually was pretty good.


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