Rambo (Rambo IV)

2008

Rambo (Rambo IV)

Critics Consensus

Sylvester Stallone knows how to stage action sequences, but the movie's uneven pacing and excessive violence (even for the franchise) is more nauseating than entertaining.

37%

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Total Count: 148
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When a group of missionary aid workers in Myanmar disappear into the vast green inferno, vigilante Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) leaves his job as a Salween River boatman behind to accompany a group of mercenaries on a daring rescue mission. It's been 20 years since Rambo helped mujahedeen rebels fend off Soviet invaders in Afghanistan, and these days the former soldier lives a simple life in northern Thailand. Meanwhile, the world's longest-running civil war rages into its 60th year on the nearby Thai-Burma border. One day, human rights missionaries Sarah Miller (Julie Benz) and Michael Burnett (Paul Schulze) show up asking Rambo to guide them up the Salween so they can get some much-needed food and medical supplies to the desperate Karen tribe. According to Sarah and Michael, the Burmese military has planted land mines all along the roads leading into the tribe's village, making it virtually impossible to reach the tribe via land. Two weeks after Rambo drops the group off in dangerous territory, pastor Arthur Marsh (Ken Howard) arrives with a chilling message: the aid workers never returned from their mission into the jungle, and the embassies refuse to help Marsh and his fellow missionaries find their missing friends. Now, despite the fact that Rambo has long since sworn off all forms of violence, the knowledge that innocent missionaries are being used as pawns in a brutal war leaves him with no other choice than to venture behind enemy lines on his most dangerous mission to date. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (148) | Top Critics (36)

  • The orgy of violence, as ghastly as in any video game, should go a long way toward erasing whatever goodwill Stallone earned with his sentimental Rocky Balboa.

    Dec 16, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Little more than a cartoon, Rambo caters only for those still smitten by the rat-a-tat of continuous gunfire.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Gritten

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • At times there is something weirdly comforting about the film's no-frills, fundamentalist zeal.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Stallone may believe that he can turn back the clock to the golden era of his career, but I'm not convinced that this kind of brutal, bellicose naivety sits so well with audiences any more.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Less a war movie than a turkey shoot in a ketchup factory.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • 90 minutes of violence. No more, no less.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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