THE ACTION FIX: Sylvester Stallone’s RAMBO is an Exercise in Brutal, Bloody Visuals and Dark Storytelling

By: John M Jerva

On this day back in 2008, Sylvester Stallone resurrected his iconic character of John J. Rambo in the fourth film of the franchise and it was without a doubt, the most brutal and bloody entry to date. That is until Rambo: Last Blood hit a few years later.

Stallone’s legendary Vietnam era killing machine turned Burma into his own personal blood soaked war zone as he and a crew of ruthless mercenaries are dispatched to rescue a group of relief workers who are captured by a sadistic general and his army who has been terrorizing innocent civilians for years. This particular film in the blockbuster franchise has a very distinct anti-war vibe to it which sets it apart from the other films and you can tell that Sly is hammering his message across with the strong visuals and dark storytelling.

Stallone helmed the movie and the finale is one of the bloodiest exercises in excess as Rambo literally carves a path of death and destruction as he unloads with one very large .50 caliber machine gun tearing apart the barbaric Burmese army. The scene is certainly not for the faint of heart and it is the kind of scene that sticks with you well after the credits role. Body parts fly and blood flows like water as Rambo and the mercenaries do what they do best.

This installment is probably my favorite of the series besides Rambo First Blood Part II and I remember seeing it in the theater and thinking to myself that this was one of the most violent action pictures I have ever seen. Stallone definitely upped his game with this one and he certainly has a cavalier approach to directing and knows what he wants from an action film as he has mastered his craft over the years.

With that, we say happy anniversary to Rambo or John Rambo as Stallone’s director’s cut is known and what better way to celebrate the occasion than by watching the bullet riddled, and I do mean riddled, climax below! Be warned though, this scene contains graphic violence so if you are any the bit squeamish, look away.

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