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Daily Blarrrgh: Rambo Rises from Reagan-Era Wasteland
Nearly two decades have passed since the last Rambo movie, but for Sly Stallone it's like time never stood still. His mullet is a little longer and his face is craggier, but otherwise the trailer for John Rambo, (AKA Rambo IV), which debuted yesterday on Aint It Cool News, looks like it was unearthed from a Reagan-era time capsule.
This iteration of the Rambo franchise finds our eponymous hero living as a humble craftsman somewhere in the Southeast Asian jungle. He rents his boat to a group of white humanitarian workers who are swiftly captured by sadistic Burmese rebels. Out come the bandana, the war paint and the crossbow. Some filmmakers might use a set-up like this to mirror or even critique the current war that our country's mired in. Not Sly.
Did I mention that in addition to starring in this film, Sylvester Stallone directed and co-wrote John Rambo? This suggests that instead of bringing in an outsider to cast a critical eye on the story and update it for the new millennium, Stallone had the leeway to make a bunch of silly, self-serving decisions. The trailer bears that out. It's early yet, but I smell Razzie...
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