Friday 22 February 2008
Oh Sly, has it really come to this? Having stretched credulity as Rocky Balboa returning to the ring as a 60-year-old, Stallone now wants to kid us he's still got the chops as a warrior, despite a bulk that would find a more appropriate setting on the golf course.
The smouldering gaze, the Neanderthal hang of the lower lip, the grunted dialogue, it could only be John Rambo, that Tarzan with a machine-gun who laid waste to Eighties action cinema.
Twenty years on, he's living reclusively in Thailand when a Christian aid worker persuades him to take her group into war-ravaged Burma. Once they're kidnapped by a brutal militia, Rambo casts aside any pretence of personal reform and snaps into action: "When you're pushed, killin's as easy as breathin'."
The killin' gets very nasty indeed, starting with scenes of repulsive torture and ending with the full nine yards of stabbing, beheading and bombing. This may win favour with 14-year-old boys taking a break from their X-box, but one still imagines them asking: "Who's the old guy?"
Watch the Rambo trailer
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 'Necrophilia-obsessed' girl among double murder accused in three-way sex case
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve
Laurie Lee's Rosie: What is it like to inspire a writer's work and be immortalised forever on the page?
Doctor Who series 8: Time Heist pictures revealed ahead of episode 5
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Star Wars 7 leaked set photo of Adam Driver changes everything
Pharrell Williams says 'Blurred Lines' criticism is out of context
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'