Sylvester Stallone (2007)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Sylvester Stallone dons the red bandana for a fourth time in this belated sequel that was also co-written and directed by the 60-something star. In contrast to Stallone's bulked-up physique, the plotting is lean: Vietnam veteran John Rambo is sent to civil war-torn Burma to rescue a group of earnest American missionaries who've been kidnapped by government soldiers. Trying to sidestep the embarrassing political legacy of Rambo III (where Stallone's one-man army fought alongside the Mujahidin in Afghanistan), this film spends so little time setting the scene that inattentive viewers might think the hero has returned to Vietnam. The only advancements here are Stallone's age and the use of CGI effects to show limbs being ripped from bodies by high calibre bullets and the odd machete blade. Racist, sadistic and completely in thrall to the thundering fire of heavy weapons, it's a leadenly un-ironic nostalgia piece that belongs to another era.


The bandana-wearing one-man army has turned his back on violence to live a quiet life in Thailand. But before long he takes up arms once again to rescue a party of missionaries who have been taken captive en route to Burma by a sadistic military officer. Action sequel, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Julie Benz and Graham McTavish.

Cast & Crew

John Rambo Sylvester Stallone
Sarah Miller Julie Benz
Dr Michael Burnett Paul Schulze
School Boy Matthew Marsden
Lewis Graham McTavish
En-Joo Tim Kang
Diaz Rey Gallegos
Reese Jake La Botz
Arthur Marsh Ken Howard
Director Sylvester Stallone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesGuidance: Violence. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Feb 2008