Those of you who fondly remember the action-packed 1980s as an era of cinematic brilliance, will rightfully be motivated to see “Rambo” for all the right reasons. Americans who look down on the ’80s as a decade of overindulgence and mindless violence should skip Sylvester Stallone’s latest offering and concentrate on the upcoming elections or global warming.
The new “Rambo” picks up 20 years after the last film and John J. Rambo (Stallone) is now living a quiet and secluded life in Thailand.
Obviously, this doesn’t last long or I’d have no movie to critique.
Just after the opening credits, a group of missionaries, against Rambo’s wishes, rent his boat so they can deliver supplies and medical aid to refugees. As dumb luck would have it, Burmese rebels take the humanitarians hostage before they can complete their mission. Rambo is then persuaded to lead a small group of mercenaries to rescue the good Christians and save the day.