Review

Harry wants a new RAMBO movie Every Year!

Published at: Jan. 23, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

Last night AICN hosted a screening of RAMBO. There doesn't seem to be a lot of screenings of this out there - but we filled two theaters loaded with people eager to see a RAMBO movie - and man... afterwards - we all had these goofy grins. In our Q&A with Stallone - he stated that his opinion of what an Action film is supposed to do, is to tighten the abdominal muscle group and be a visceral ride. I don't think I've ever heard a director so completely understand the purpose of an action movie. A great action movie is supposed to make you shit your pants. (only, without the shit) You're supposed to grip the armrest and/or date. You're supposed to squirm in your seat and say things like "Holy Shit" or my favorite - the "oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck" chant. You know what your reaction is to a great action sequence. Some play it cool - just smiling or clenching their teeth. Others spill their drinks. Whatever your reaction to great action on screen... you'll have that reaction, then some with RAMBO. I've read somewhere that the film starts off a tad on the slow side... Yeah - if starting off slow is setting up these Burmese bastards as the most evil fucks ever... by them blowing people up, shooting them to pieces and just plain being evil bastards. The film begins by educating us about the history of the Burma situation. How long it has been going on... and how horrible the atrocities are. This is footage of the real thing. It's pretty tough. Now RAMBO isn't a subtle film. There's not a lot of shades of grey here. The missionaries that convince him to "take them up river" - well, they're just good natured pure folk. I've recently become friends with some folks that do and aspire to do missionary work and frankly... These characters are pretty darn accurate. They've got that glow or purity about them... not through cheesy lenses and lighting, but just that faith based sense of purpose. None of these actors seem familiar in the least. Then there's RAMBO... He's kinda fucking hilarious. No, he's not cracking jokes and doing stand-up. It's just... I can't think of the last time I saw a character on screen that just didn't give a shit about anybody else on screen. He's just his own person. He does what he wants, when he wants to do it. He has absolutely no respect for authority... at all. Remember the Quaker Oats man in HARD TARGET - well imagine if Stallone had been cast in that part - and wasn't asked to be cajun... and you're kinda close. It's strange to look at RAMBO - physically - he's nearly a completely different creation from FIRST BLOOD and the other two Rambo films as well. Here - you have a man that just an anvil of a man. He's strong enough to get whatever he needs done. His arms are tree stumps covered in veinal vines. You just have to love him. Every second of him. He's cantankerous, prickly and oh so irritable. He just wants to live out his life on this river... catching snakes and selling them to the snake act people. When the missionaries show up, he just doesn't really want to have anything to do with them. They're the sort of people that he doesn't really know how to relate with. They care. Their hearts are filled with love for their fellow humanity. They believe in making a difference, in the basic good in the soul of mankind. Basically, they believe in everything that Rambo, through his life, has learned was a crock of shit. But - of course - the pretty girl talks him into it. So up river they go. Of course it was a bad idea. The movie is called RAMBO... you know somebody is going to have a bad idea and RAMBO is going to have to deal with it. And Rambo isn't a non-invasive surgical tool. He's not even blunt force trauma. No. When Rambo gets started - he makes the nightmare monsters of horror films seem like the cuddly things you hang on a mobile above your baby's crib. He's not just death... he's really bad death. He's the closed casket version of death. No amount of mortician's wax is gonna fix the wreckage that he's going to do to the bodies he comes across... especially when the third act hits. Now - here's the extra cool part of this RAMBO movie. Rambo isn't alone. He's got a pack of mercs. Those guys you can hire in the back of Soldier of Fortune magazine. Ex-SAS, Navy Seals - and just general mutherfuckers. Guys that'll do anything for a buck... but also the sort that would call it quits - cuz they don't have morality. Rambo does though. So basically - you know the story. Missionaries are fucked - Rambo and the mercs go to save them... the plan gets fucked... and then the screen turns into a bloody fourth of July. You remember Sam Mendes' JARHEAD? Remember where they have everyone watching the Flight of the Valkyries sequence of APOCALYPSE NOW? Well - the last 50 minutes or so of this film are the sort of thing - that no amount of First Person Shooter game playing can give you. It's an adrenal orgasm. It makes you want to fire fireworks and scream, "FUCK YEAH!" Stallone - on the heels of ROCKY BALBOA and RAMBO has completely reclaimed his title as the badass of cinema. There's no other actor on film right now that can compare. He's Lee Marvin, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood's ID MONSTER. You know... THE WILD BUNCH? I love THE WILD BUNCH. In the history of old tired fucks fucking shit up - it's the balls. It's the best directed sequence of "FUCK IT" filmmaking. Where a crazed Peckinpah sat there and said... I'll give them something they ain't ever dreamt of. And he did. Sam, god bless him, he constructed a sequence that is just the stuff of tequila tears. When the worm turns in RAMBO and the world is about to twist the knife and it's a bleak no-win scenario... That's when RAMBO kicks in... and man... Wherever Peckinpah was when he thought up that KILL EM ALL bit... that's where Stallone went... Only... man... you ain't ever seen this shit before. It's hinted at throughout the film. You can tell that the world is evil. That this high calibre bang bang... well, it isn't late 1800's guns... this is the mayhem and hell that only the 21st century weaponry can unleash and it's evil evil fucking human fireworks. And it is fun. How many bullets were fired in the MATRIX films without any REAL damage? Here... Stallone reminds you what this shit does. He grabs you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you to say - THIS IS WHAT MODERN WARFARE AND HELL LOOKS LIKE! And it is glorious. When you see RAMBO this weekend - be prepared, cuz when the film knocks it up to that final gear... jesus will weep - and you will cheer! RAMBO would kick Jason Bourne's pansy ass!

Readers Talkback

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  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Uncle Salty Walt

    How come there's no comment on the X-Files 2 Spoiler pics floating around?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Um

    by skimn

    was it AWESOME?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Harry loved Rambo. Color me shocked.

    by King_In_Yellow

    Anyone else?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by CherryValance

    I intend to be there first showing Friday.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    So...

    by MasterBateman

    Did you like it?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    "throbbing vienal, tree-truck arms...

    by Darth_Inedible

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    educating us about the history of the Burma situation

    by Garbageman33

    So, it's a documentary?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    I wanna see Harry trash a flick for once...

    by Uncle Salty Walt

    ...not that it has to be this one, but I'm starting to smell some serious Payola going on with this site. I have been reading AICN for years now, and have just recently joined up for the talkbacks. but come on now - not every new movie is worthy of such outrageous positive support. And, the entire Heath Ledger talkback fracas was really something! Only on AICN can you get such crazy shit. Whew!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    yes!

    by virtual_ninja

    iam glad to hear that the movie is action packed and gory! will check it out when it hits theatres in my country.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    Of course it's fucking good

    by robertplant

    I just saw the other three last week for the first time and for the most part with the exception of the slightly weaker 3rd they are all fucking great.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    wow.. I hope Harry isnt kissing ass

    by Stallone82

    wow great review if true! I am going to see Rambo DAY ONE!!! With or without Harry's Review. But its hard to take this with a grain of salt when he is always so buddy buddy with Stallone. hmmmmm would Harry have the balls to say it sucked and still assume Sly would show up for his GREAT 5 Day Q&A. I think not. Sly I am going to be there Day One ayways :) I just hope it is 1/2 as good as Harry said. He has a bad track record.

  • Go support this film with your clammy 10 bucks...it will be well worth the action and carnage that Stallone has dreamed up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    its official - i cannot wait any longer

    by DonnyUnitas

    i'm incredibly pumped. Thanks for the review without any huge spoilers, Harry.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I am rooting for this

    by Silverglade

    I will see it on Friday evening and I am very excited about it. I hope it has that feeling that First Blood part II had. Pure unleashed Rambo tearing shit up and seen as this master of his environment, a master of technique, skill and survivability. Go Sly! I am rooting for you! And thanks for making it happen!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    mercenaries are badass

    by troutpencil

    I consider myself somewhat of an expert on mercenary cinema and I hope this fits into that subgenre. (My favorite mercenary movies are the wild geese and the dogs of war with christopher walken.)

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    You wanna ring da bell?

    by Little Beavis

    Ding ding.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Jesse Jane + Strap On + Harry = Good Review

    by Stallone82

    HBO's Entourage hit Harry on the Head... when they had their "internet reviewer" ie: Harry Knowles. I wounder if Harry didnt get free trips, toast of the screening, buffet, Q&A yearly access - ie: Sylvester Stallone. WOULD Harry give a Bad Review?? I dont think so... Is it a Urban Legend with the Strap On? hmmmmmmm....

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Colour me Stoked...cannee wait!

    by KillaKane

    So glad to see Sly reclaiming his action hero crown, I hope Rambo does the numbers so Sly can get the juice to pursue other Big Screen projects. Personally I'd love for Stallone to buddy up in Inglorious Bastards, just wish QT would stop pissing around with Russ Meyer remakes and jump back into the mainstream with something big.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I am looking forward to this film.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Will bring me back to my days of being a kid in Jr High. This sounds like the old school type of action film we've not seen in a real long time. A nice hard R action film. Will feel like a pair of old shoes. Can't wait.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    This sounds like what "Live Free or Die Hard" SHOULD have been..

    by Abin Sur

    Rambo blowing shit up...how I love that nostalgic feeling.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Still can't get over that bit in the trailer...

    by Rendell

    where Rambo unloads the 20mm anti-aircraft gun into the driver at point-blank range! And you thought Saving Private Ryan was brutal...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    No advance reviews = almost always a bad movie

    by PornKing

    Hopefully this is an exception but I don't hold out much hope now.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Sly do RAMBO 5!!

    by coltrautman

    I want a new Rambo movie every year!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Rambo should get those commie bastards

    by skywalkerfamily

    I hate those commiees.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Harry Reviews

    by Outrider304

    I'm so glad Harry liked this one, because I was stoked to see it after the trailer. Once I read this review, I breathed a sigh of relief that my excitement over the trailer might be translated to the whole film. Oh wait, didn't Harry also give a positive review of "Rise of the Silver Surfer"? Oh crap....

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    New Rambo every year

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    "When it's January, you know it's Rambo!"

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST

    If blowing shit up has a name

    by skywalkerfamily

    It must be Rambo

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Blood and guts.

    by Fenrisulfr

    I'll go watch it on Friday, and I can't fucking wait. I don't know if it'll be awesome. I don't think so, but I know the final massacre will be orgasmic for every action junkie. And most importantly, I will go to SUPPORT old-school non-pussified action movies. I am sick, sick to death, sick to puke of PG-13 family-friendly blockbusters and action pieces touched by the Syndrome Of Michael Bay. Sick of all this shit. I won't pay a dollar anymore to go watch another Die Hard 4. Let the heads roll under Sly's Machete... and let the bodies hit the fucking floor !

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    RAMBO!

    by Chaka!

    Was there a bad Rambo movie? If you believe so, then place yourself firmly in the Commie section, and await a visit from Rambo

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    last time I checked, the Rambo movies were all shit

    by Rupee88

    I know Stallone is cool to answer question on the site, but that doesn't change the facts.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    The majority of reviews have been GREAT so far...

    by ABking

    Stallone has done it again...first ROCKY BALBOA and now RAMBO! JO-BLO, CHUD and IGN all agree...RAMBO is the real deal!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Is there any Frank Stallone music?

    by tonagan

    Or at least John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    The last action hero.

    by Fenrisulfr

    Sly is truely the ONE TRUE LAST ACTION FUCKING HERO. I thought when Arnold retired in 2003 it was done and over. Sly had arguably disappeared since his memorable performance in Copland. But here he is... 10 years later. Only two films, and what a fucking come back already!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    1980 stars today!

    by skywalkerfamily

    With Rambo! Next up, Indiana Jones!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    RAMBO: CARNAGE

    by omega_786

    Or in Sly's language...CARNAGIOUS!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Unlike I Am Legend and Cloverfield...

    by GibsonUSA

    This is hype you should believe in.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Sing it people...

    by Fenrisulfr

    You know you loved that Drowning Pool song from the trailer. Sing it folks, get ready for the fucking carnage and lets all sing together: "Let the bodies hit the floor... let the bodies hit the floor... let the bodies hit the floor..." lol

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    I wouldnt mind a new Rambo movie every year.

    by GibsonUSA

    Do it!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Observations...

    by 5 by 5

    TB's to Harry's reviews always include: Someone pointing out a spelling/grammatical error, someone pointing out that he does nothing but positive reviews, someone pointing out Harry is biased, someone saying Harry got some kind of payoff... blah blah blah. It's like watching old Saturday morning Scooby Doo cartoons.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    God forbid Harry have his own opinion about stuff...

    by GeekyAnimeNerd79Beyotch

    God damn forbid!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Grammatical corrections are so lame.

    by GibsonUSA

    A total waste of space. What does it prove?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Moriarty, Capone etc...your RAMBO reviews please!

    by ABking

    :)

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Moriarty, Capone etc...your RAMBO reviews please!

    by ABking

    :)

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    "Now RAMBO isn't a subtle film.

    by BadMrWonka

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Over The Top Review

    by Alex Trevelyan

    I'd have to agree the review here is absolutely over the top. The stock in Mr. Harry's integrity is falling all the time with these HYPERBOLOIC reviews. Words are a currency sir. Spend them wisely! Anyway First Blood is good. A Classic. Rambo 2 is simply dated and poor. Rambo 3 "dedicated to the people of Afghanistan" (in the closing credits) is a terrible piece of communication and not entertaining. Rambo I think will be on a par with the first but not as good. I look forward to it and Sly can sleep easy as its going to make a fortune. $40m plus or minus $5m in the opening weekend. Cheers now!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    "Now RAMBO isn't a subtle film."

    by BadMrWonka

    in other news, rain is wet...<p>I hope thisone is fun, but oh JESUS did the theatrical trailer stink. I saw it before cloverfield, and the ENTIRE audience was laughing at it, it was so bad. some of the lines, jesus christ. I don't know how anyone could say them without laughing, they were so stupid.<p>but you know, explosions boom boom shooting blood, yada yada, I'm sure a lot of you all will love it.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    the 300 crowd should eat this up into a bloody BLOCKBUSTER!

    by ABking

    They turned out for 300 and this movie is gonna make 300 look like ENCHANTED!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    I was hoping for a quite, slow paced, character study...

    by The Dum Guy

    Guess I'll have to enjoy seeing shit get blown up and people getting their head lobbed off.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    But this is cool boom boom

    by GibsonUSA

    Not Transformers "bought a car, turned out to be a robot", "get outta my backyard my parents are gonna freak!!" boom boom....but I giant cannon blasting fools into a million pieces and tearing suckas to shreds boom boom.<BR><BR> Ya know...the good kind...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    by critch

    "I won't pay a dollar anymore to go watch another Die Hard 4." What, a perfectly good movie, and one of the tops in the franchise, that doesn't have other word being 'fuck' and gallons of blood pouring everywhere? Grow up, I'll see Rambo and enjoy it most likely but there is nothing wrong with a pg-13 action movie.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Rambo vs The Cloverfield mosnter

    by Lanceloco

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Please, Rambo would have destroyed those comic book "Spartans"

    by GibsonUSA

    Pulling the shields away<BR><BR> "Get that shit outta my face don't you know who da fuck I am??"

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Grow up?

    by Fenrisulfr

    It's not a matter of growing up but a matter of what you enjoy in an action movie. And yeah, I won't hide that I love blood, non-edulcorated violence. Not that it makes a film great, but it's always a plus in my book provided the story and characters are interesting. Die Hard 4? Not a bad action film, but a true disappointment compared to the original trilogy. The techno terrorism was boring like hell, the characters as well, even McClane was unlikable. And no, I wouldn't spend 10 bucks on a Die Hard 4 again. I'd rather stick to DVDrips than encourage studios to go this way.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see Rambo kill those sons a bitches!

    by ronniepooch

    can't fuckin wait!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Awesome.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    I must see this ASAP!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Has everyone lost their minds?

    by Sandinista

    How come I get a sense everyone loves Rocky Balboa? <p> I know we all love the man, but comeone, it was pory scripted and you know it. When characters in a movie have to constantly EXPLAIN to you how they are feeling -- instead of just showing them in situations where you get a sense o said feelings --, chances are you will get a cliché ridden movie. And we did! <p> Plus [spoiler alert] Rocky's "you are all winners" finale is everything BUT badass.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Rupee88 is a bloody tosser

    by Crikey Mate

    Piss off you stupid wanker. Bloody hell, what a prick.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Rambo vs. the New England Patriots

    by CobraKai

    That old fuck would certainly spoil their perfect season.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Wish I could beat the shit out of Stallone's face

    by Proman1984

    You know, have a chance to punch him in the face and knock some sense into him. I feel embarrased for you Harry. There are, words in that review that make me feel sad for you.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I wasn't a fan of Rocky Balboa

    by TerryMalloy

    But I am really psyched for this. First Blood was the first movie I ever cried in. And the last. Because I'm a man's man.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Come back to the states Sly...here's how...

    by BetaRayBill07

    Rambo living in mountains and forest- middle of almost nowhere. Befriended by peaceful mostly leaves-him-alone single dad neighbor. Kids kidnapped for whatever reason by crazy fucked up militia which of course has crazy fucked up vietnam vet leader with a manifesto for destruction or whatever. You know the rest. Summary concluded- all I need is 1% of the gross box office ok Sly?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    If it was worse than BATMAN & ROBIN...

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    ...would Harry give a just as bad review after Sly done the Q & A over the last week?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    FUCK YEAH

    by Pipple

    can't wait for this

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Sounds like torture porn

    by Chopper Sullivan

    How dare any of you get excited over seeing violence in an action movie? Has Michael Haneke taught you nothing?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Why is everyone so mean to Harry

    by topaz4206

    Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes I don't. But he's a genuinely sweet man who created this place we all call home. <br><br>Over my several years I've just seen people get more and more disrespectful toward him, and it's sickening.<br><br>Hopefully one day they'll implement an ignore feature for talkback users and we can self-police to thin the herd.<br><br>Love ya, Red!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    I've always thought Harry had gay tendencies

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    That review has most definitely confirmed it. Harry and Sly, sitting in the tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.... Nice review though.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Getting blown into pieces by an exploding arrow is torture?

    by GibsonUSA

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Chopper Sullivan

    by TerryMalloy

    Why can't I get excited?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    So Contra is a torture porn videogame?

    by GibsonUSA

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Yes, in the USA Sly/Arnold play the Contra characters.

    by GibsonUSA

    But for Europe release they CG robot armor all over them, tone down the violence, and its Probotector.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST

    this better be fucking awesome

    by bibble 3000

    not like that piece of ass trash, disappointment that was Cloverfield. that said, i trust Mr. Stallone. But nearly every fucking time Harry reviews a movie this enthusiastically, it turns out to be shit.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Harry should have boxed Uwe Boll

    by GibsonUSA

    He would have won with Homer Simpson technique.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    I didn't know Matthew Marsden is in RAMBO!!!

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    He's from the same town as me and my cousin used to be friends with him at school. I can remember seeing him before with his ex who used to be in that shitty girl band Eternal.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    When you're paid off, gushing is as easy as eating

    by I Dunno

    I keed, I keed!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    GibsonUSA...

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    ...The new Uwe Boll film looks quite good!! It's got a good cast, but even if it's half decent it will be slammed as the worst film of the year.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    "Love to see Harry trash a film"...?

    by vanchimera

    Dude, this your first trip to aicn? Harry's trashed a lot of shit. I'm not defending his cocksuckery or anything, but he's done his fair share of bash. Anyhow, Rambo owns.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Just as long as your not eating what your gushing,or vice versa.

    by GibsonUSA

    That new Uwe Boll film looks alright. People bash Uwe but his movies are hardly the worst.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Harry, Is The Action On Par With 80's Woo?

    by georges garvaren

    No, not Poo; Woo, as in John. Woo's 80's films are so very messy(pretty) with the dead and dying. I am very hopeful that Rambo will beat my eyes in like Better Tomorrow did as a teenager. Fingers crossed.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Vanchimera...

    by Uncle Salty Walt

    As I stated above, I have been a fan of this site for several years, so obviously I know the drill - it's just that everytime I check out one of Harry's featured opinion pieces on a flick lately, it turns out to be another "Best. Movie. Ever." That said, it seems like we agree for the most part. And I am not a Harry-Hater - I enjoy this site alot. AICN is always my first stop for movie news and gossip. All I'm saying is that things are getting a bit Ebert-esque, whereas nearly every film that is reviewed gets "Two Thumbs Up". Props to Sly, though, for taking the time to respond to the fans.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Ebert Knocks Lots Of Flicks

    by georges garvaren

    Same with Q-Bert. Don't ask for too much. After all, Harry did just watch Rambo with FUCKING RAMBO!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Mrs. Harry needs to lighten the fuck up

    by classyfredblassy

    Hundreds (if not thousands)of Burmese monks are being massacred and tortured by their gov., will supplies handed to them from Red China. Bastards? You bet. Now back to street walking, fat biotch.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Best Rambo Review I've read so far:

    by Sledge Hammer

    Straight from the wonder that is the IMDB:<p> Therefore yes, I was at the press projection, and I have only a thing to say, my friends: This Movie Will Rock the World...<p> Stallone is sublime inside, the film is extraordinary, the personage magnificently is exploited, and the end is an absolute killings (and a complete butcher shop). I have almost envies to resume one to one the arguments of all the *beep* that descended the film without even to have seen it.<p> Outside of a small blow of soft one for about twenty minutes in the middle, the film is as good as Rocky Balboa (already a masterpiece to my eyes). This is really the only defect: 20 Mn in the middle where the film advances little.<p> But the first half an hour, this is masterpiece. And the final half an hour, this is total killings! Forget all that you saw, forget all that you imagined on the film: JOHN RAMBO IS BETTER THAN ALL THAT YOU SAW IN THE BANDS ANNOUNCE.<p> And I finish on the end: leave me to say you that you will be surprised, and very moved (I had the eyes a not very humid ones, I did not cry as for Rocky Balboa, but I were very moved)." <p> That's the full review posting, unedited, unchanged, and awesome in it's hilarious ineptitude. Clearly english isn't this guy's first language (I hope), but still I found it pretty damn funny all the same. Hey, it's been a slow fucking day...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    HARRY IS A KISS ASS!!!!

    by y7jver01

    But maybe this time he kissed a good ass!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    SLEDGE HAMMER - THAT'S HIGH-LARIOUS

    by BringingSexyBack

    I wonder if that was translated from Burmese to German to Japanese to English.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    if this movie sucked

    by HEADGEEK

    I'd be the first to be screaming. Just like I did on DIE HARD 4. And Bruce did a Q&A. But that movie was not satisfying. RAMBO is fucking satisfying as hell. Made me want to flamethrow babies afterwards.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    So, you liked it Harry?

    by Ninja Nerd

    O.K., Fat Man, I'll see your "Wild Bunch" and raise you a "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia"! Actually, some of us old, ex-military ninja types from the old dojo are seeing Rambo this weekend...we love this shit! A little bit over the top on your review dude, but I hope to retract that after seeing the film.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11 p.m. CST

    Die Hard 4 on DVD

    by micturatingbenjamin

    wasn't bad...Um, I can't wait for another Rambo movie. Rambo is synonymous for KILL.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    igotbigballs, I bet I'd take you on

    by Proman1984

    bitch

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Can't wait.

    by Moe Ron

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Man

    by Gungan Slayer

    Man, this is going to be AWESOME. And I'm going to have to disagree with "Die Hard 4" It didn't suck. It wasn't like Die Hard 1, but it still was a nice fun ride.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack, I dunno...probably...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...but I do think that "JOHN RAMBO IS BETTER THAN ALL THAT YOU SAW IN THE BANDS ANNOUNCE." should be on the fucking posters for Rambo.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Chuck vs. Rambo

    by vaibhav

    Chuck Norris will kick the shit out of Rambo any day. Any fucking day!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Chuck Norris

    by HEADGEEK

    has never made a film that would even rival VICTORY - much less the Rambo and Rocky movies. Not to mention NIGHTHAWKS.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Hey Sly, see what Wilber had to say about Rambo...

    by Mopak

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49rnAtJjhno

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Giblets

    by BrandLoyalist

    Half-Life 2. Where were the gibs? Insects don't count. Machine parts don't count. Disintegration isn't the same. Only steaming hot giblets really satisfy. Though I remember Rambo III as corny, you had me with scene with the heavy machine gun in the jeep.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Ummm..

    by theisson

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    umm...

    by theisson

    "I can't think of the last time I saw a character on screen that just didn't give a shit about anybody else on screen." DANIEL PLAINVIEW?????

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    exactly

    by vaibhav

    which means Chuck can grab Rambo by the balls and throw him in the great nothing.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Only things Chuck Norris ever did right...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...was get his ass handed to him by Bruce Lee. And get told what to do by Lee Marvin.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    OH SNAP HARRY JUST PWNED CHUCK NORRIS

    by BringingSexyBack

    I agree. Chuck is teh lame. Huckabee lost because of him.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    SLEDGE: I LIKE THIS LINE, IT'S MYSTERIOUS ...

    by BringingSexyBack

    "a small blow of soft one for about twenty minutes"<P> I think we're witnessing the next evolutionary stage of human communication.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:40 p.m. CST

    RAMBO WOULD MAKE GROUND CHUCK OUT OF NORRIS

    by BringingSexyBack

    Just like in the trailer.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    eight notes

    by Staldo

    ever notice that all great movie scores can usually be distilled to seven or eight notes that define that score? Star Wars, Indy, etc. Well, the Rambo movies have eight notes too. You know the ones, the ones that happen when he steals the motorbike in First Blood. I think that's the test of great score. As to Chuck Norris fighting Rambo, in an urban environment, Chuck wins. In any type of non-developed environment, Chuck would find himself impaled on punji sticks, disemboweled or disintegrated.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    to defend Chuck Norris -

    by HEADGEEK

    I love SILENT RAGE and OCTAGON and RETURN OF THE DRAGON and LONE WOLF... but that's the best. The MISSING IN ACTION films bore.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:42 p.m. CST

    And talk about copycat...

    by Sledge Hammer

    Chuck Norris even has a less talented brother that he keeps employed, just like Sylvester Stallone. Only Chuck Norris' brother Aaron is even less talented than Sylvester Stallone's brother Frank.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:42 p.m. CST

    DIE HARD 4.0 WAS BETTER THAN 2 AND 3

    by BringingSexyBack

    And it had nothing to do with Walter B. responding to me personally. Sigh ...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Chuck Norris is a GayBot in Transformers 2...

    by Alex Trevelyan

    Check it out on shootfortheedit.com. GAYBOT!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Where is the love for CODE OF SILENCE?

    by Ditch Brodie

    And while we're at it, "DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY"?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    FUCK CHUCK

    by BringingSexyBack

    Return of the Dragon was Bruce's gift to Norris. He was a fucking nobody before that opportunity came along, and he was an ingrate about it too. As for the other movies he did ... can anyone say deeply discounted bin in the corner at the supermarket?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    "Pack of mercs" = Leboeuf / Prinze Jr / the Dawson guy

    by Mullah Omar

    Oh wait, this isn't the new DIE HARD...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I still love the tag line for Norris' Slaughter In San Francisco

    by Sledge Hammer

    ..."Chuck Norris Explodes Across the Screen!"<p>Ewwww...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    DANCING WITH RAMBO VOL. 62: LAST TANGO IN BURMA

    by BringingSexyBack

    Watch your step, floor's slippery.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    HARRY - DID SLY READ MY DANCING WITH RAMBO SERIES?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Ask him if he wants them in an Excel spreadsheet. I'll put it together.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    "I had the eyes a not very humid ones..."

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...Fuck you Roy Batty, you fucking glorified toaster, now that's real poetry right there.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, midnight CST

    2 BURMESE BASTARDS, 1 CUP

    by BringingSexyBack

    That's gross, Sly. Still love ya tho.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I'M GONNA BRING MY GRAM GRAM TO SEE RAMBO, SLY

    by BringingSexyBack

    I hope you save some elderly people in the movie to appeal to her demographic.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    RAMBO 7: GRAMBO

    by BringingSexyBack

    Sorry, that just occurred to me, and I transfer every thought to the Talkbacks.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Chuck Norris can sneeze with his eyes open

    by BrandLoyalist

    More amazing Chuck Norris facts (yes it's been posted here before) at http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Whoa Whoa Whoa. Lets Not Gallop Too Far From Sanity, Harry

    by georges garvaren

    Saying the Missing in Action films 'bore' is a right cracked statement. I can see one not being a fan, but boring? Really? Bored By The Chuck! No such luck.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Jetpack

    by vaibhav

    Jetpack vs. Machine gun.. jetpack anytime!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    BUT CAN CHUCK HEAL HIS OWN WOUND WITH A BULLET?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Rambo FTW

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    I ALSO RECALL CHUCK NORRIS WON THE OSCAR FOR ...

    by BringingSexyBack

    nothing

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:12 a.m. CST

    IF VERN DIDN'T SEE FIT TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT CHUCK NORRIS

    by BringingSexyBack

    that speaks volumes about Chuck's insignificance.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Rambo can't read

    by vaibhav

    isnt' he supposed to be in Vietnam? Rambbo can't read signs. .that's why he ended up in Burma. Chuck Norris doesn't read signs either - he doesn't need to.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Could I Shoot You With The Gun Then Take The Jetpack?

    by georges garvaren

    Because if I could I would do that. Also, I would probably burn you with jetpack flame and exhaust before leaving you to the vultures (who are rumored to carry knifes. Big ones with points).

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    OKAY I'LL SAY THIS FOR CHUCK

    by BringingSexyBack

    At least he didn't fuck Brigitte. Even you would agree with me right Sly? I am so sorry for that experience, stallion.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    HEY QUEEFER - REMEMBER 6 DEGRESS OF KEVIN BACON?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Wanna play with Chuck?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    OKAY I START. CHUCK NORRIS

    by BringingSexyBack

    HMMMM...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    I'M DRAWING A BLANK ...

    by BringingSexyBack

    Chuck Norris

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    XIPHOS HELP ME OUT - 6 DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON

    by BringingSexyBack

    with Chuck Norris. I can't think of anything. Even Mirajeff had 6 degrees. I'm so embarassed

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Flamethrow babies? Very unHarry like!

    by dead youngling

    I chastise you--go to bed--no supper or second supper.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Im Changing My Childs Name To: Chuck "the tough fuck" Norris

    by georges garvaren

    Kids going to be great(ly beaten at school)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Two jumps to Kevin Bacon...

    by Sledge Hammer

    Chuck Norris was in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story with kiddie actor Cayden Boyd, Cayden Boyd was in Mystic Rver with Kevin Bacon. Both Cayden Boyd and Kevin Bacon said Chuck Norris sucked.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    OKAY I CAN DO 6 DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON WITH SLY ...

    by BringingSexyBack

    Sylvester Stallone<p> Michael Rooker (Cliffhanger) <p> KEVIN BACON!!!! (JFK)<p> That's ONE degree man. That's a motherfucking star. My man Sly.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Actually it was one jump...

    by Sledge Hammer

    I can't fucking count. Hey, two is a confusing number, okay? And one, well, that's like the loneliest number...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    DAMN YOU SLEDGE HAMMER

    by BringingSexyBack

    I just checked IMDB and Chuck was not in Dodgeball. Why you lie like that? You scared me.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Another Sly single jump alternative...

    by Sledge Hammer

    Sylvester Stallone<p> Sandra Bullock (Demolition Man)<p> Kevin Bacon (Loverboy, directed by and starring the Bacon)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Then IMDB lies!

    by Sledge Hammer

    It lies I tells ya. Chuck was in Dodgeball, he played the difficult and demanding role of...Chuck Norris!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:38 a.m. CST

    WELL COLOR ME EMBARASSED ...

    by BringingSexyBack

    I never saw Dodgeball. My loss!! Sorry Chuck wherever you are.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Poor BSB...

    by Sledge Hammer

    it's like being told that Santa Claus and Jesus don't exist. And the versions of them you see all over the place at Christmas time are usually played by Paedophiles. Life can be cruel.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Could Chuck Norris eat things...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...that would make a billy-goat puke? No he could not. He'd be too busy eating the billy-goat. Sick fuck.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    WAIT!!!! WAIT!!!!!! I CHECKED THE RULEBOOK.

    by BringingSexyBack

    If he played himself it doesn't count. HAHA Chuck too bad for you. Sly wins! woot woot!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST

    XIPHOS THANKS I'LL CHECK IT OUT IN 2009

    by BringingSexyBack

    I swore never to watch anything with Ben Stiller until Bush leaves office. No reason why, really .. just seems to make sense in my mind.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    But has Chuck Norris ever played anyone...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...other than Chuck Norris? Even when people strangely called him by some other name, like Walker or McQuade you knew it was just code for "hey Chuck Norris"...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Yes but is it any *good*, Harry?

    by BenBraddock

    Don't think you actually said..

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    OKAY XIPHOS I LIED TOO

    by BringingSexyBack

    I love the Meet The Parents / Fockers movies. But it has more to do with DeNiro, Hoffman and Streisand than Stiller. I'll put it in my queue. But I'm fast forwarding through the Chuck sequence.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    I'm going to see it friday

    by disfigurehead

    Nothing like an afternoon of senseless violence.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Happy bloodletting!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Chuck Norris can

    by vaibhav

    kill Rambo by merely throwing the DVD of First Blood in the garbage bin.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    XIPHOS - I'M SURE HIS WIFE IS NONE TOO PLEASED BY THAT

    by BringingSexyBack

    Hehe <p> Night man - see you manana.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    May visions of throat-ripping pepper your dreams...

    by Sledge Hammer

    Me, I'm going back to the one thing that Chuck Norris did better than any other man on earth. Singing the theme tune to his own show. Sing it now: <p> In the eyes of a ranger <br> The unsuspecting stranger <br> Had better know the truth of wrong from right <p> 'Cause the eyes of a ranger are upon you<br> Any wrong you do, he's gonna see <br> When you're in Texas, look behind you<br> 'Cause that's, where the ranger's, gonna be!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Kilelr last line

    by vaibhav

    "When you're in Texas, look behind you 'Cause that's, where the ranger's, gonna be!" Hahaha

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Typo

    by vaibhav

    Killer.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Biggest PLANT on the site is...?

    by aceattorney

    Can you guess?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Geezus

    by pk68

    I've never read a review where so many other movies are referenced. Wild Bunch this and Jason Bourne that. Should be able to talk about a movie on it's own without mentioning every other movie or movie character ever created. But at least you liked it. But how can you not recognize any of the actors playing the missionaries? Julie Benz a.k.a. Darla from Buffy\Angel fame and I guess now Dexter? She's smoking... Looking forward to Rambo tomorrow.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Xiphos...

    by Sledge Hammer

    Then my work here is done. Off to read the last Sly q&a session now.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Harry is in Stallone's pocket. We can't trust this review.

    by GimpInMyPants

    Stallone's a personal friend of ol' Har. That's an obvious conflict of interest. I'm not surprised he wouldn't refuse to review it with that in mind.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Chuck Norris

    by vaibhav

    is Master Chief.. albeit in his virtual avatar

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    This movie is A++++++++ !

    by stamper

    I saw it last week at a press screening (don't believe that the "no previews bad film !" guys says, and IT RULES. BEST MOVIE EVER SEEN IN A LONG TIME. Wachoskey bros and Sam Raimi can go back to kindergarten, Stallone is the man !

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Harry's history on Stallone

    by HEADGEEK

    Listen - you can think what you think - I do love the great and fun Stallone movies - but in AICN's history since 1996 - Stallone had just come off THE SPECIALIST, JUDGE DREDD and ASSASSINS - three crapfests. Then DAYLIGHT was ok, didn't care for THE GOOD LIFE, loved COP LAND - famously raged agains AN ALAN SMITHEE FILM: BURN HOLLYWOOD BURN - loved ANTZ, hated GET CARTER, DRIVEN, D-TOX, AVENGING ANGELO, SHADE. Enjoyed the goofy kids flick SPY KIDS 3D - then loved ROCKY BALBOA and RAMBO. I just feel Sly has finally hit his stride again - and as a fan, I'm glad - its been a long time coming.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by 5 by 5

    It's cool bro you're entitled to your opinion and you don't have to defend it.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST

    sorry harry...

    by cloudrider`

    if one thing i've learned from this site, it's that your reviews is not to be trusted. i dont doubt your integrity for a sec(always thought you say what you believe), it's just that after a lifetime of moviewatching i would expect your taste to grow alittle, but still... you gave glowing reviews again and again to mediocre pieces of trash. i can list the movies here, but why bother. moriarty may write better than you, but that only makes him condescending in defending his reviews sometimes. his taste is just as bad as yours.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    I still love Cliffhanger

    by skywalkerfamily

    One of Stallone's best. Good story and good action.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    not saying rambo will be bad

    by cloudrider`

    i'm hoping it will be as great as harry says...if only because i want stallone to keep making more movies and thus more Q&A for me. :) <p> i'm just saying harry is too easily impressed, and tend to go waaaay overboard in his excitement. reading his reviews, you think every other movie is the best ever made. you got gore, monsters, pirates, and you're likely to get harry's seal of approval.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Jerry Goldsmith Dredd teaser music

    by kwisatzhaderach

    What was the story with Goldsmith on Dredd? Anyone else remember that awesome music on the Dredd teaser? The one with no dialogue? Why didn't Goldsmith score the film? Damn, one I should have asked Sly...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:34 a.m. CST

    cloudrider

    by HEADGEEK

    I'd love to see how adventurous your taste in cinema is. And to claim superiority over anybody else's taste is simply an act of an ass. Everyone, everywhere has the stuff they love and stuff they hate. They have what they say in public they love, then they have what they really love - Me - I tell everyone that reads this site the truth - It's not a pretension, its not meant to impress. But I see just about everything. I don't write about it all - there's too much, too much to type and share. There's a simple fact to movie watching. We are all different human beings. Some of us go to films hoping to love movies. Some of us go to find the flaws. Some of us go to impress our friends with our superior opinions. Some go because, the act of sitting in a movie theater is their artistic place of worship. Cloudrider... I don't know you. But you seem to be a bit hostile. I have no doubt that you believe absolutely in your opinion as being the end of discussion - but dude... there's a myriad of thought on stories and films. There are people that hate everything that ever gets distribution and love only the PURE world of cinematic experimentation. And those films that they love would drive a normal mainstream viewer out of their seat faster than an electric shock. <BR><BR>I'm passionate about film. It isn't a hobby or a passing interest. Film is my occupation, my passion and my primary love. I've seen more films than I could ever communicate. My screen is non-stop. Imagine - 11 years - 7 days a week. 12-18 hrs a day. Film. It's not a grind. It's not me going - "Aw fuck, another day." Its "Fucking A, another day!" I hope you have a similar life

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    Sly, Arnie and Gibson in WWII epic

    by AtomSmurf

    Would sure like to see any of these 80s actors do a brutally realistic World War II action movie, gunning down nazis who were building V3 rockets with nuke warheads in an enourmous secret underground bunker. Sly and Mel have both suprised me doing solid films. Arnie has done his share of mega-hits ofcourse

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4 a.m. CST

    Nice Retort!

    by Octopus Prime

    I love the passion, can't help but get a bit jealous of how much movies you must watch though... Keep it up

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    "oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck"

    by EvilDoeR

    I CAN'T BELIEVE IT HARRY I AGREE WITH YOU 100%! Shit I think the world is coming to an end now! But I seen Rambo 4, and IT'S ALL KINDS OF FUCKING BAD ASS SHIT!!!! MY GOD SLY IS The fucking crowned don of action movies once again! You are correct Harry in saying that Sly has finally hit his stride again - and as a fan, I to am glad, and yes its been a long time coming. I can't wait for Death Wish, and I hope 2 more Rambo movies! So we could have 6 Rocky & 6 Rambo movies!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Woo-hoo!

    by Knuckleduster

    Fuckin A, I'm gonna have me some steak tonight!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Finally!

    by Knuckleduster

    Good to see Sly finally put his foot down and distinguish himself from posers like Seagul.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Rambo is not a hero

    by CuervoJones

    He is a psycho Frankenstein monter created by the Government. I´ve never seen him as a hero.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Frankenstein monster

    by CuervoJones

    What´s a monter?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry, Assassins was pretty good!

    by theycallmemrglass

    but I agree totally with the other films. I still cant get over the fact that Nighthawks was directed by a crap director though - mind boggling cos that film was pretty damn good.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Yeah but Bourne would totally outwit Rambo...

    by Midnightxpress

    ...Just like Dr Doom and the Hulk... ...and I'd be seriously surprised and impressed if this film is half as good as the Bourne movies

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Chuck Norris is a hirsuit

    by Bobo_Vision

    He's a hairy monkey, and his buttocks must look like two honeydew melons covered in mo hair.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Is Rambo a Queen of Africa remake?

    by CuervoJones

    <br>

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Sounds promising.

    by DocPazuzu

    Now we need to see Vern's and Cumpston's reviews!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    did sly write this with you adding in the f**ks, harry/

    by couP

    and don't bring bourne into this. they operate in totally different environments. such a stupid comparison.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    WEE! HARD-R GRINDHOUSE ULTRAVIOLENCE!!!

    by LaserPants

    Whats not to love? How come Sly didn't answer my question? it was in direct relation to that -- the violence; the most important element of the movie.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST

    RAMBO!RAMBO!RAMBO!RAMBO!RAMBO!RAMBO!

    by travis-dane

    VIOLENCE!GIGGLE!GORE!HEHE!BLOOD AND GUTS!AHAHAHA!please daddy,can I play?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to it tomorrow

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I'll be at the cinema with a "throbbing veinal vine" in my pants

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    RE: Harry vs Cloudrider

    by Jason B. Swaim

    Harry, I normally do not post much here but your response to cloudrider pretty much defines (hopefully) everyone's passion for movies (or else we would not be here), or at least mine. It was refreshing to read your response. Thanks a lot, bro. (I hate it when you call me bro) ;) Name the movie?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Ramboetry

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Flamethrow the babies<br> We're on a mission from God<br> Where everybody dies<p> We borrowed his boat<br> Now he is our salvation<br> Jesus with a machete

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Those Good Ol'Missionary Folk....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Although I am sure these folks are kind and gentle, we got some stories to tell in Canada about the Jesuits... I am definitely gonna watch this movie though.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Sly on Howard Stern right now

    by Cysquatch

    via phone. JJ Abrams was on a little while ago.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Cysquatch

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Did JJ Abrams explain himself, and say when we're gonna see the other half of the footage from Cloverfield?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I wonder if we are getting a new Rambo videogame?

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    I enjoyed Rambo III

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    PLANT!

    by BMacSmith

    kinda obvious, o lord of the plants.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I finally understand Harry

    by BobParr

    He's a 12-year-old boy trapped in man's body. This explains his movie reviews, writing style, etc. I never understood how a guy my age can write this way. I just remembered that when i was 12 my friends and I all spoke the same way. Everything "kicked ass" and "kicked you in the balls".

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Bourne and Rambo wouldn't fight each other...

    by BrandonGK

    ...they would would realize how they've both have been screwed by the government and team up.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by Cysquatch

    It was pretty short call actually. They didnt really talk too much about Cloverfield because a few people on the show havent seen it yet. They did ask JJ if there would be a sequel and JJ said the studio has already asked him about it. They spent a lot more time on Star Trek and Lost. They talked about Shatner being pissed that he is not in Star Trek, JJ going from picketing to directing in the same day, etc. JJ also stated he really doesnt have much to do with Lost anymore. JJ is huge Stern fan and corresponds with Howard via e-mail all the time so they plan on having him back on to promote Star Trek.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Cysquatch

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I was just jokin' really. I saw Cloverfield last week, and while it wasn't the second coming of Christ movie they hyped it to be, it was a good, tight monster flick like I used to watch as a kid on late night Friday TV. Because of the way it's shot though (using only Hud's footage) you wonder what the movie would have been had it been told (and shown) in an omniscient way.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Rambo for the NES

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Did anybody play that game? It had one of the worst password systems of all time, and Rambo fought bubbles and giant spiders. The best part was the beginning where Col. Trautman asked if you wanted to leave jail, and you could say no. Of course he just kept asking over and over if you'd take the mission. The Sega Rambo game and Rambo III games were great, especially Rambo III on Genesis. Kudos to Stallone for trying to expose the world to what's going on in Burma. He may be doing it in the guise of an action film, but I think it'll get through to more people than a straight out drama would.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Harry, I'm not saying Chuck or Sly is better...

    by Philvis

    than one or the other because I don't want them knocking at my door looking to whoop some ass. I really am looking forward to this movie after reading some real reviews from the readers that seem to mirror your opinion. I do want you to consider Chuck Norris' most kick ass movie as being pretty epic...You can't go wrong with Lone Wolf McQuade. That movie is on my top 10 kick ass flicks of all time.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Sly looks like the Michelin Man

    by Faust_8

    I'm sorry to say, but when I first saw the trailer, Sly looked so steroid/ growth hormone bloated I was like you have to be kidding me.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    First Blood was Great

    by BilboRing

    Rambo Part II was not so great. Rambo III was...I really don't remember it. Saw it once on VHS when it was first released. This movie looks like a rental. I loved Rocky Balboa and I am sure this kicks ass but it's a rental for me.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    So what's with this Love Fest Harry

    by Geekster

    First off, interesting review, but it doesn't sound like you. Meaning it sounded kinda like your girl friend auditioned for American Idol and she was not so good but you told her what a great job she did cuz she has a terrific rack. Honestly Harry, I know you and Sly have been kinda open on communication lately but is this for real? Don't get me wrong, I love the Rambo franchise and I will see it whether you raved about it or not, but dayum Harry, tell me you two didn't have a candle light dinner afterwards?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    So what's with this Love Fest Harry

    by Geekster

    First off, interesting review, but it doesn't sound like you. Meaning it sounded kinda like your girl friend auditioned for American Idol and she was not so good but you told her what a great job she did cuz she has a terrific rack. Honestly Harry, I know you and Sly have been kinda open on communication lately but is this for real? Don't get me wrong, I love the Rambo franchise and I will see it whether you raved about it or not, but dayum Harry, tell me you two didn't have a candle light dinner afterwards?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Very Subtle and Restrained Review

    by Internet Thug

    as far as the Harry Jizz-O-meter goes he only hit like a 9..pretty mild praise Harry

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    A Subtle Review of the Film

    by Abominable Snowcone

    It was friggin' AWESOME!! Sly's arms are like that tree trunk in KING KONG, with veinous vines running up and down! And he KILLS three dozen people with just his KNIFE! And he punches a charging bull elephant in the FACE and KILLS IT! Then he HURLS a CAR through a building and DECIMATES a CHURCH BUS full of MIMES with a .50 caliber MACHINE GUN! It's fricken' chocolate coated AWESOME!!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    He's Rambo muthafucka

    by GibsonUSA

    ZAP yo dumb ass!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    The Quaker Oats Guy in Hard Target...

    by Damonster

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Quaker Oats Guy in Hard Target is...

    by Damonster

    Wilford Brimley. He also does diabetes commercials and played that crooked security chief in The Firm. Secondly, Sylvester Stallone is much more bad ass than old Wilford. No comparison... DIA-BEATIS!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    HEADGEEK

    by cloudrider`

    harry... you really dont need to defend yourself. why reply to mere me?:) anybody can clearly see that you're very passionate about films(me too - learned filmmaking & directed a few lousy shorts to prove it). no doubt you have watched more movies than anybody ever could in their in their lifespan. and while some TBers here accuse you of being an asskisser at times, i thought you always speak your heart out. every single time. <p> my beef is that some of the worst genre films got your love in this site, and thus personally i find your reviews highly unreliable. and yes, there's such a thing as superiority in taste. just ask mory - he thinks his taste towers over everyone else(at least, i got that impression of him sometimes). there are good taste and there are bad taste, otherwise there are no good and bad movies and awards are useless. <p> while my taste is not quite there yet, i'm at the point now where i can safely say i can recognize lousy films when i watch them. and i try to watch all kind of movies from all over the world(ones i could find in my ass end of the world anyway), some i found out only through this site, due to your passion. and yes, i can be an ass. :)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Luvley Jubley

    by FILMFUNK

    RAMBO will get my quids... when it is finally... annoyingly screened over here... I don't expect the next Citizen Kane... just an exciting... adrenaline fueled... 90minute orgy of action... and adventure.<P>Sounds like you enjoyed it... Harry.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    For Fuck's Sake

    by The_Hanged_Man

    You read this site and expect Harry NOT to get excited when he likes a film? Of course his review's over the top, it's a frickin RAMBO movie, based on a character who is, by design, OVER THE TOP. Seeing an action idol like Sly's Rambo come to life again, and in a well-done fashion would get any action geek excited, let alone an all-around film-monster like Harry. Shit, go read some Entertainment Weekly high-brow poo-poo violence-makes-our-kids-misbehave review and get the FUCK off this site if you think for a minute you have a right to tell Harry he got too excited about a movie. Seriously, if you read this site with any regularity you'd know that Harry usually reviews movies that in some way interest him. Generally that leads to positive reviews. Sure, I like to hear Harry rip Hollywood-bloated films new assholes on occasion too. But I read his reviews cuz he's a geek like me, gets excited about film like me. No, he ain't always "right" but it's a fucking subjective review, people have different opinions. But instead of realizing this, all these dumb fucks come onto talkbacks and say "OMG Plant, he is maeking teh monies!!" whenever he likes a movie.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I was at the AICN screening

    by infallible

    I was lucky enough to be one of the people at the screening, in the same theater as Harry. I can say that I completely agree with this review. The movie kicked ass, and was a wonderful experience. The Bourne films are great, but Harry's right: Rambo would kick Bourne's ass.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    sure, i'm excited too.

    by cloudrider`

    and i'll be excited for the rest of the year. 2008 is the best year for moviegeeks in a long while. just see the lineup for the entire year. it's still january and already we have cloverfield and rambo. <p> but you shouldn't let excitement cloud your judgement. just because it's rambo, doesn't mean it'd be suckage-proof. i'm rooting for stallone, i want rambo to be good. just saying i cant believe that just based on harry's review, becuase harry's overexcited about everything almost.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Harry has NEVER had a better grasp of a movie before

    by ArcadianDS

    "When the missionaries show up, he just doesn't really want to have anything to do with them. They're the sort of people that he doesn't really know how to relate with. They care. Their hearts are filled with love for their fellow humanity. They believe in making a difference, in the basic good in the soul of mankind. Basically, they believe in everything that Rambo, through his life, has learned was a crock of shit."<p> You nailed the entire focal point of the movie in that paragraph, Harry - never before have I seen you be so rock solid on target. Action movies are given this bad rap of being all about loosely stringing a bunch of explosions together, culminating with the complete conflagration of an entire wharf or industrial complex, or something like that. This movie is actually a drama dressed up in explosions and blood. Its a character piece about a man who is forced to re-evaluate everything he has learned in life - and to consider for a moment that maybe all his conclusions are wrong. Thats what will make this movie resonate, and that is why Sly needs to keep making movies. So many action movies are made in what "Old Time Hollywood" used to refer to as "The Sausage Factory" where movies were scooped up from a beefy mash, crammed into skins, and belched out of a giant machine, each sausage link identical to the one that squirted out before it.<p> While Guys like Norris and Van Damme continue(d) to hand us movies stuffed into sausage skins, Sly is handing us a thick peppercorned porterhouse and telling us to dig right in with our bare hands.<p> Keep the steaks comin, Sly.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    You can build muscle without roids

    by TheLastCleric

    It's pathetic how anybody with arms over 18 inches get labeled a roid/growth hormone user when in reality building bulk isn't that hard to do, especially for experienced bodybuilders like Sly. I really don't see him popping roids at his age and given his history and muscle memory what he has accomplished physically seems completely reasonable. He purposely bulked up for this role and focused on his shoulders, back, and other regions that give him the look of an ox. He looked better in Rocky Balboa than most men a third his age so give credit where it's due.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Jesus, Harry.

    by Biggie Kaiju

    I respect the amount of passion you have for movies; I live for them, too. But "11 years, 7 days a week, 12-18 hours a day?" I really have to hope that's an exaggeration. Have you ever considered the concept of "moving" or maybe something really radical like "stepping outside?" Perhaps you would even make that leap we all know you're capable of and "get some fresh air." Sorry to bust your balls, but anyone who spends EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF LIFE in front of a screen... Ahh, I should just give up. Just don't want to see your obit next. "Rambo" sounds awesome, but we really need a review where you reverse that absurd gushing love and unleash the demons on some crapfest like "Dungeon Siege." I want to read you tearing a film's asshole out with the same gusto you devote to the explosive orgasms every film seems to give you these days.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I'll take Harry's enthusiasm

    by TheLastCleric

    over the cynical, joyless crap that constitutes most movie reviews this day and age. Compound that with the fact that the internet really has made every person on the planet a vocal critic and it's easy to understand why people enjoy reading Harry's reviews. He may over praise but then again, why do people care? Every film, no matter how universally loved, has its detractors and in the end the only thing that matters is how you feel about what you've watched. This is Harry's site, it's his opinion, and if you guys really want to be that dismissive of the man, why come here at all? He really does take a large amount of bile from some of you and he's pretty mellow in his responses. Lighten up people.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Well, I know Chuck Norris and...

    by Ninja Nerd

    ...he may never kick Stallone's ass at the box office, but in a real fight, he wouldn't even get a chance to say "Yo". Seagal, Van Damme...posers. Neither has competed in any recognized or known fights with any real martial artist. I do know that Seagal got choked out twice by a stunt wrangler friend of ours during filming. He was failing to pull his punches and had injured a couple of stunt people. The coordinator asked him to ease up and Seagal went ballastic and made the mistake of putting his finger in the guy's chest. He got locked up in lion killer choke and went to sleep. When he came to a few minutes later, he foolishly thought to jump in again and took another nap. They had no other issues after that. Jet Li is the real deal, but doesn't have a fight pedigree either. So, the point here is that Chuck STILL does most of his stunts and all of his martial arts and can back it up in real life. Sly and the rest are ONLY actors with good choreography. If I'm heading to the biker bar and have a need to fight my way out (which I have on occasion!), I'll take Chuck over all of the wannabes. Chuck did have a friend of ours, Chip McGinnis, do work on Walker the last 2 seasons or so as he had some injuries and nagging stuff affecting the stunt work. Chip resembles Chuck at a distance and is a Black Belt with a dojo in Oregon. He flew in, shot some scenes, and flew out several times back then. Chuck is back in good health (so far as I know...haven't talked to him in person since Sidekicks was filming in Houston, and that was eons ago. He's in town every now and then and visits some of his old students or at least calls and says hello. Great guy and absolutely still has the mojo. I know I still won't fight him, even for shits and giggles. I was trained in his system by one of his top students from the old "blood and guts" days of the 70's when Chuck was Middleweight Champion. I have fought a slew of those guys and we're pretty similar in that, when we hit something, it stays hit. I'm retired now, so I definitely don't want to take a sidekick from Chuck. I like having all my ribs intact and lungs not full of blood! So, lay off the Chuck bashing. He may not be the thespian Sly is, but he can still kick Rambo's ass in a skinny minute.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Invasion USA

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Great Norris movie. Like a live action episode of G.I. Joe.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Judo Gene Labelle?

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Didn't he teach Bruce Lee grapples? I heard that he made Seagal crap his pants on the set of Under Siege...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Didn't Chuck Used to Talk Shit about Bruce Lee?

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    That was back in the day until Bruce gave him a phone call....

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I'm seeing this movie in an hour...

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    I hope and pray you are right, Harry, because I love me some Johnny Rambo! And Harry, don't defend your choices to these ratfucks. Who cares what the hell they believe?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    'Catching snakes and selling them to the snake act people'

    by Cat_Corporation

    Not sure why that made me laugh so much, but it did. :D

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Harry Speaks Truth: RAMBO Rocks

    by christian66

    I know Harry can be over-enthused about poor films, but he's dead-on rights about RAMBO. I saw a rough cut and it was beyond the two sequels. The direction is Stallone's best and most subtle, yes, the script is weak, but when Rambo goes into action...you will believe that evil Burmese soldiers can explode in clouds of gore. Stallone is also very good and the ending is perfect. I'd like to know how the audience at the Alamo reacted...it seems like it should draw a vocal crowd.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    a few things

    by MacTard420

    i don't think anyone is more passionate about movies than harry. i believe his reviews because i think he is geniunely excited about all these movies. that being said, i am definitely stoked for RAMBO. I just know i can never get that stoked for it. Also, I agree with the people who think Bourne and Rambo would just team up. They both want the same thing, to be left alone. That would be like Hogan and Savage teaming up to form the Mega Powers!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Bourne is Miss Elizabeth

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    ... I could not help myself!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Harry's overzealous reviews...

    by LastDragon

    ...are the reason come here. And the fact that he seems to love every movie is the draw for me. Personally, I never just read one review. I've narrowed it down to a small group. I include Harry because whatever else he may be, the man loves movies like a fan, and I want that take on a movie when I'm comsidering it.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Darfur....yes, that was Labelle.

    by Ninja Nerd

    It was Under Siege and Gene put his ass to sleep twice in about 10 minutes. Chuck had the Muchados teach HIM Gracie BJJ, which he used on Walker. They had a training/workout area in DFW on premise when WTR was in production. I used to jam with the guy that wrote the theme for the show. He was one of "our" class of old school asskickers and he wrote the song for Chuck and just gave it to him. When they went to record it, it turns out the only thing Chuck CAN'T do is sing worth a damn, so Tirk Wilder (the composer) actually doubles the vocal so it sounds like Chuck is (sorta) singing the song. After the 1st Season, Tirk got the nod in the credits.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    more apocraphyl Steven Seagal stories

    by ArcadianDS

    My half-brother's girlfriend was the one who used to rub black shoe polish on his bald spot. true story.<p> My dad's college room mate was a navy cook and taught Seagal how to microwave cans of non-stick pan spray.<p> My hot sister is on Ghostbusters and she says your apocraphyl Steven Seagal stories were busted on one of the season four episodes called "internet idiots and their fake Steven Seagal stories." Watch for the DVD.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Rush Limbaugh's talking about it now...

    by MemBirdman

    I'm just at work and I HAVE to listen to it. Anyway, he just asid about the last third, "If you think the first part of 'Saving Private Ryan' was something, you haven't seen ANYTHING."

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Return of the Dragon

    by BilboRing

    Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris. Best Lee film ever. And two true martial arts badasses. No swinging on wires or fake moves. Just real moves that flow to perfection.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Script treatment for Rambo 5

    by ArcadianDS

    Rambo comes home and moves to Eastern Kentucky where he is able to escape the chaos of civilization but still get a cherry lime-aid at Sonic when he needs one. He helps an extended family of mountain folk whose little corner of the US hasn't changed since the first railroad cars full of mountain coal first rolled eastward. They work hard, and play ballady guitar songs while sippin home-made shine till the sun sets. It is the first time John Rambo has felt home in a long, long time.<p> Then comes this younger, hipper, Gen-X clan of hillbillys who are lookin to expand their marajuana and crystal meth empire to include rambo's mountain folks. When the Kentucky National Guard shows up to shut things down, they dont distinguish between meth labs and shine stills - its all illegal and its all criminal. They cart off everyone. Rambo sees that he's once again forced to unleash the monster inside him (put there by the EEEEEEVIL US Armed Forces and their 'killer robot' brainwashing skills), and he proceeds to pick up gun barrel from "Anzio Annie" (look it up for the lulz) and hip-fire it at anything in fractal green camouflage. He then learns that Ron Paul was behind the entire operation, and when Rambo tries to rip out his neck, he learns that Ron Paul doesn't have one. So Rambo shoves Ron Paul's head down into his shoulders so now he's a walking anus in a necktie. Fade to black while playing Kanye West cover of Eye of the Tiger. FINI

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    You can build muscle with out roids ???????

    by Faust_8

    You sure can. How about the 48 vials of Jintropin in Australia. How about the rumored arrest in Japan. If he wants to take a supplement, I got no problem with it. I'm just saying he looks bloated from it.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    my idea of action movie nirvana is...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...a hardcore version of the third act of Commando. can anybody confirm if this comes close to that?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Just got back from Rambo

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    FUCKING AWESOME! Good call, Mr. Knowles.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    [The missionaries] "are in no way familiar"?

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Did you mean the actors playing them? If so, I take it you don't watch either DEXTER or THE SOPRANOS?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Trautman

    by onephatnelly

    Yeah but I wanna know about this Trautman flashback.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Trautman flashback/dream was nice

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Black and white, very intense... Mostly Trautman's voice, a lot of flashbacks from RAMBO FIRST BLOOD PART II. Very violent.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Wild Bunch nitpick

    by Matthew Martinez

    The Wild Bunch actually takes place in the early 1900s (1913, if I'm not mistaken). That's actually pretty important to the film, as it's supposed to be at the point when the Old West was dying out.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Is there any movie Harry doesn't like?

    by kgerm

    Oh yeah. Transformers. But for some reason he loved FF2: Rise Of Silver Shit.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    ArcadianDS; wasn't there....

    by Ninja Nerd

    ...so I can't attest to the absolute fact that Seagal got his ass handed to him. I do know that he's never fought anybody. I don't doubt he has some knowledge and training, but I know a ton of people, including myself, that could ruin his day in a heartbeat. While my training is primarily Karate, BJJ, Escrima, and Muy Thai, I have some friends in law enforcement that are big Aikido players and none of them have ever said Seagal was anything but an actor. Still like some of his flicks, but I don't consider him a martial artist first and foremost. The guys I run with all came up in the '60's and '70's when we didn't use "safety gear", just tape on the knuckles. The typical first move in a tourney was a sidekick to the torso to break a rib or three. I know, had it happen twice and did it myself more than once. I have a photo from one of my fights were I did a "Chuck"...reversing spinning backfist to the head...and you see the guy's mouthpiece flying out and his body headed to the mat. I was ahead 2-0, but the guy was lots younger and built like a tank. I figured if he ever got a good shot in, he might do some damage, so I knocked him out. That was about 10 years ago before I retired. Had a 3 on 1 (me being the ONE) demonstration match (to prove a good fighter could handle multiple opponents) about 5 years ago, but that's it. Too many injuries and surgeries over 35 years of booting head. I occasionally teach a Black Belt class but I don't see ever getting back into fighting 3-4 days a week. The point is, I know Chuck, Terry Smith (my teacher), the Irwinsky brothers, and a lot of folks who trained with Chuck as well as many other martial artists. So, I have a valid opinion of what I see on film and most of it is crap. Entertaining crap, to be sure, but crap nonetheless.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    So Harry, did you like it?

    by Kragmose

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    there will be two more

    by snowtires

    to keep this is vague as possible, let me just say that i was in close proximity to a company involved with this movie, and there was a certain dry erase board of 'movies in production' in one of their offices and after "rambo 4," there was "( 5 & 6?)." obviously, if this does well, they are ready for two more.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    LOL @ TheLastCleric

    by The_Hanged_Man

    "You can build muscle without roids".... sure you can, but not if you're Sylvester Stallone. http://www.tmz.com/2007/03/12/stallone-charged-with-importing-steroids-down-under/ It's so obvious it hurts. But you know what? I don't even care since he looks bad ass. He's 61 years old and doesn't have much use for his downstairs parts anyways. Sacrificing them to the roids for a chance to bring back both his legendary characters - Why not?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Re: Script treatment for Rambo 5

    by GibsonUSA

    That read like a Steven Seagal movie or another direct-to-DVD Best of the Best sequel.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Rambo 5 explores child exploitation/human trafficking in next on

    by GibsonUSA

    Its the next logical step, and a huge issue in the general region where this Rambo takes place. I havent seen Rambo 4, but assuming he remains in the Thai area, the story basically writes itself.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    30% on rottentomatoes so far

    by cloudrider`

    sorry, guys. now we know why they never screeened it for the critics, and choose the drafthouse instead.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Alvin & the Chipmunks has a 23%

    by GibsonUSA

    and its one of the greatest movies of all time.<BR><BR><BR><BR> Okay, exagerration. But it was a very very fun and harmless family movie...would have sucked if fans had listened to critics...but good thing they didnt and this will close in on $200 million, based on repeat viewings and legit word-of-mouth.<BR> I didnt really like Cloverfield and it has a 74%....so what do I know...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Bourne would kill Rambo in 2 seconds

    by thevoiceOReason071704

    Like Rambo would even know Bourne was close. Give me a fucking break

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    take it for what it is

    by cloudrider`

    if it rates 50%, then at least you might have 50% chance of disagreeing with the critics and end up enjoying the film. 30% is too low for me to even give it a chance.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST

    this bourne vs rambo is silly

    by cloudrider`

    when you know sly would use matt damon as a broom to wipe the floor with.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER RAMBO 4 PLUG

    by metaluna

    I'm beginning to think Stallone paid for Harrys wedding, or something. That or he disposed of the stack of HD-DVD players stood in a warehouse Harry wisely invested in :)

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST

    OR IS IT RAMBO 5?

    by metaluna

    Shows how much I want to see this 80's throwback crap.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Sorry cloudrider, I think for myself

    by TheLastCleric

    Critics hate plenty of good films, especially genre movies like hardcore action flicks and horror films. Critics also thought Deathproof was brilliant, so seriously, fuck the critics. RAMBO, by all accounts, is hardcore violence that makes many of these crtics squeamish and given how many of these uber douches think these post-modern, pussy action films are actually good, it's not as if their opinions mean jack shit. They can go beat off to the Bourne trilogy, which, as far as I can tell, is really the same fucking movie shot three slightly different ways.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Norris had some skill but Segal is a joke.

    by TheLastCleric

    Segal is a fucking fraud all the way. All his talk of being the only non-Japanese Akido master to run a school is a half truth. He married into the school, then eventually abandoned his Japanese wife when he came to the states to become an actor. All of his demonstrations were completely staged as well, so ultimately while he looks good tossing people around on screen, he's a bitch in real life. The only martial artist I despise more is Frank Dux, who is borderline insane for thinking anyone but children would buy his line of bullshit.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:38 a.m. CST

    The-Hanged-Man

    by TheLastCleric

    I'll admit I was owned on that one. Fuck it though, the man still looks amazing.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Bourne would be Rambo's 'Mr. Slave'

    by Dr Gregory House

    But Damon pwnd those Mooby suits...those slime!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST

    What?

    by Stevie Grant

    Harry's all about sharing his excitement for films he digs, not giving an in-depth analysis. It's very obvious; quit bitching about him not being Moriarty. They got two different goals, therefore different styles. Take what he says with a grain of Harry salt, and move on.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    How about a RAMBO in the States?

    by JDanielP

    We could sit here all day and night, coming up with all kinds of interesting and exciting reasons for John Rambo to make it stateside. And without choosing a specific reason, I like the idea already. --I haven't seen this new Rambo flick, yet. But I sure am looking forward to it. I've been avoiding spoilers, skimming articles, and I've read enough to get me excited about this weekend.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    sorry the lastcleric, i think for myself

    by cloudrider`

    critics hated good horror and action movies? really? is that why james cameron's movies/lotr/matrix/face-off score so high? there's a reason why the current slashers(not to be compared with real horror movies) score so low. it actually boggles the mind that saw has spawned 3 sequels so far. i dont always agree with critics/oscar voters, but based from experience, if i have to choose between public consensus, harry's words, and rottentomatoes, i'd go with the later. easy. 30% means you dont need to see it in a hurry.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    some of the bloodiest movies ever made

    by cloudrider`

    hard boiled scored 94% on rt. wild bunch scored 97%. you're right, those squeamish uber douches really hate bloody mayhem.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    IT WAS AWESOME

    by losder

    Just got back from a midnight showing. AWESOME. He had maybe 12 lines in the whole movie and the last one was HARRRRRRRRRGH!!! Then the movie kept going for 45 minutes. He fucking killed all of asia. God, I must see it again.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    I'm glad in France it's called John Rambo

    by TheManBehindTheMask

    and not Rambo 4. and "First Blood" was already retitled "Rambo" here.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    I could care less about Rotten Tomato stats

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    but I do like to browse through the reviews. Having said that though I will make up my own mind about a movie, and won't be their puppets. That applies to critics on this site as well. If anything I'll pay more attention to the opinions of my felllow geeks than anyone else.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I saw the movie last night

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    not so good.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Stallone > Damon

    by GibsonUSA

    Therefore it is completely impossible that Bourne be greater than Rambo.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    50% on rottentomatoes = 50% chance you'll like it?

    by GibsonUSA

    What a load of BS. Sorry no offense, but relying on rottentomatoes to that level of accurancy in determining your opinion is like....dumb.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Actually cloudrider, you just proved you dont'

    by TheLastCleric

    think for yourself because you're employing Rottentomatoes as a gauge for what to see. As to the critics, if you prefer to let these people do the thinking for you, so be it. Bringing up James Cameron's work was a nonsensical counter arguments considering the man hasn't even made a film in 11 years. A decade ago the critical pool was far smaller because the net had barely gotten off the ground and most of the critics were still rooted firmly in print media. Sites like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes take in reviews from just about anywhere, meaning you get a large heaping of moronic perspectives mixed in with decent reviews. So again, you are welcome to let these people do the thinking for you but personally, I don't trust these "critics" to make my decisions for me. Lastly, most critics know fuck all about horror and the genre as a whole. If you want an old-school example of what I'm talking about, take a look at the reviews for the original Hellraiser to see a horror movie that completely soared over the heads of most critics.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Seagal Fired Labell after he got choked Out

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Apparently Seagal stated that his Chi could defeat a choke hold. After he was twice defeated he proceeded to fire Labell. Labell sued. They settled with the provision that no one talk about the incident. Seagal is a fake. His ex-wife, a bonafide Akido practitioner in Japan could kick his ass in.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    The Good Lord Put Harry on This Earth to Write This Kinda Review

    by heywood jablomie

    It's what he does best, and when Harry really puts the pedal to the metal, he's A+. Good on ya, buddy.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Did anyone hear Sly being interviewed on Howard Stern?

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    Holy sweet Jebus, Sly is the funniest motherfucker around. God bless him. He really is pretty fucking awesome.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I just saw RAMBO a mere 2 hours ago and....

    by wackybantha

    ....it was very good. How's that for a review? Hehehe. But seriously folks, it does what it was meant to do. Show you evil, make you mad as hell, carry the entire audience on Rambo's shoulders as we punish said evil, and then sit back and ponder that the evil depicted in this film ain't fiction, it is happening in the here and now. As awesome as the action and Stallone are in this film, it reminded me how lucky I am to not be the victim of such attrocities depicted in this film. This is Mr. Obvious sayin'...THE WORLD SUCKS SOMETIMES!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Everyone > Damon

    by CherryValance

    I don't understand why people like that guy. Anywho, I just got home from Rambo and I'm glad he finally taught those missionaries a lesson. just kiddin'. It was very good, just kinda brief.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    The rare HARD TARGET reference...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    ... I love HARD TARGET. It is John Woo's best American film--hands down, awesome!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    RAMBO is INCREDIBLE! SEE IT!!!!

    by Space Disc Jockey

    WOW! I just saw the film this afternoon and it was amazing...action/violence wise. Also, Stallone fucking rocks!! The one liners...the "I don't give a fuck" looks...truly badass! I don't care about the story and the missionary bullshit they throw in there (and that idiot Sarah Miller character), but the rest of the movies is fucking amazing. I can't believe this passed as "R". The level of blood/gore is just astonishing and I loved every fucking second of it! Go see it this weekend. RAMBO is fucking back, alright!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Just back from Rambo...holy fucking shit!

    by Tarl_Cabot

    Fuckin A. That's the bloodiest action movie I've ever seen. And it owned!! Sly kicked major ass in front and behind the camera. I hope we get Rambo V. No, I mean I hope we get Rambo 5 and Rambo 6.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Harry.."THIS IS WHAT MODERN WARFARE AND HELL LOOKS LIKE! And it

    by jojo-pimp

    i do hope you are just talking about the cinematography, and not actual war? cause unless you have served, which i know you havent...there is NOTHING glorious about armed combat

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Should have been about MS13

    by RogueWarrior65

    Stallone was on Rush Limbaugh today. Apparently the original idea was for Rambo to be on the Mexican border dealing with MS13 gang members. Pity...that would have been cool. But he did his homework and talked to the UN about what countries currently have major problems that are going largely ignored by the mainstream media. Thus the setting in Burma.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    RAMBO ROCKED!!!!!!

    by Jabber_Jaw

    Just saw it... it is friggin awesome. Sly completely pulls it off. Trust me... if you liked First Blood, Rambo 2, or any other action film.. you will love this movie. Screw the haters... I do wish it was longer... other than that awesome!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Just like Kevin Smith wants a new Die Hard every year

    by WolfmanNards

    I remember Kevin Smith referencing an old childrens magazine depicting the events of Ep.3 and how the movie itself lived up to the magazine article he read yeeeaars ago. He mentioned this in his review of ep.3 Then Harry goes and does the same thing in his Revenge of the Sith review. You never fucking read that same article, douche.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    AWESOME MOVIE!!!!

    by GibsonUSA

    I havent seen a movie crowd go nuts like this in a long time!! It was like a college basketball atmosphere! People were bouncing around, and were literally skipping down the aisles when it was over.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    rambo fucking rocked

    by shogunshin

    stallone, i hope you are reading these reviews. rocky 6 and now this - incredible. please please please keep writing and directing films. its amazing to see you revisit characters from my childhood,and revisit them well. great job. VOTE RON PAUL!

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Great movie

    by Darth Thoth

    What an experience! Thanks Sly. Wow, what a fun time at the movies. The crowd was wild. I was pumped. And this movie knocked it out of the park. Sly is on a roll right now and I can't wait to see what he does next!

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    And one other thing...

    by Darth Thoth

    Midnight Meat Train was the funniest trailer I have seen in a minute. Actually, the trailer was very scary. But when the title flashed across the screen at the end, me and just about everyone else in the audience fell on the floor! I was near tears. I hope they find a good way to market this thing because the title doesn't translate as well in movie format as it does in short story form. Midnight Meat Train, lol!

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Shut up until you've seen it, folks, 'cause

    by Multiplex

    Rambo is fun as hell. Plot, what? Characterization, what? The first ten, fifteen minutes are kind of shrug-worthy, but as soon as Sly whips out the bow and arrow, it's all awesome, all the time.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    yeah, but hellraiser sucks

    by cloudrider`

    so does freddy/jason/whatever current teen slashers we(mostly you though) geeks help make popular. there're not even horror, more like comedy to me. <p> but back on the subject of critics, you make it sound like i just take their words blindly. i read their reviews over the years, and as a result i've found myself in agreement(most of the times) with some of them. it's the kind of trust that's earned through experience. you may think the rt rating system is bollocks, personally i respect some of the critics there. and to me their words is a much better gauge than fellow geeks' and headgeek's words. <p> you want to call that not thinking for myself, fine. to me it's a matter whom to trust. if i have to watch every movie rated 30% before i can judge it, i'm afraid i might vomit blood before long.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    right you are...

    by cloudrider`

    because if we're to rate cameron's movies with today's crop of critics, the rating will surely plummet. sure sure... critics hate action movies. riiiight...

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    RAMBO-quick review....

    by Quake II

    As a fan of the series (not so much part III) I can easily say that this is the most intense Rambo movie yet. Stallone takes the subjct matter seriously and delivers some of the bloodiest mayhem ever captured on screen. Some reviewers say the movie starts off slow but I disagree. The action is scattered throughout the movie with a final payoff that rivals The Wild Bunch slaughter. Ever wonder what a .50 caliber Browning would do to a human body? Well we find out in Rambo...over and over again. In fact, I have never seen so many limbs flying around in my life. This movie is like Call Of Duty 4: Grindhouse. The acting is so-so, but for the most part the actors get the job done (the best being the asshole SAS Merc that keeps fucking with Stallone). I expect this film to do very well with repeat business. I went with 4 friends and we all liked it...a lot. Unheard of with my group of friends to agree on a film like that. This is a 100% balls-to-the-wall man's movie. I call it an anti-chick flick.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Best Action I've Seen...Maybe Ever.

    by jermcdee

    Stallone totally pulled it off. The movie definitely should have been longer though. I needed it to keep going. The dialogue in the beginning was week. I would've like better characterisation with Rambo and the Mercs. but then again, I would've treated this like the citizen kane of action films.--

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Tell me if this analogy is correct.

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    Saying Rambo Rocked cuz of the gory shooting is like saying Transformers Rocked because of the digital effects. I just wanna know if this is right because all I hear about those who loved this movie is the shooting and the gun play. to many that seems to have made the movie.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    so many HOLY SHIT moments in this film

    by turketron

    I've never seen balls to the wall action sequences/death/bullets and explosions ripping bodies apart/evil evil evil badguys getting their comeuppance like what I saw in Rambo in a movie before. That was easily worth the $7 I paid. My only complaint is I wish I could have seen it with a more animated audience... you know, the ones that love action movies!

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Harry is spot-the fuck-ON...

    by dr_john_zoidberg

    I manage a cinema, so we generally watch movies a day or two before they are released. Went to a different theatre to see "There Will Be Blood" Wed night, with the hopes that Rambo was coming into work that night. It didn't, we had to watch "Untraceable" instead. It sucked. But then Thursday night, shit was fucking ON. Rambo was all I could have ever hoped it would be and SO much fucking more. Say what you will about Harry and his gleeful reviews, but he nailed it on the head here. Everything he said is true. This movie will rock any action fan's WORLD, and give their previous favorite "Rambo/First Blood" movie a run for it's fucking money. My heart is still torn between which I like better, "First Blood" or the new "Rambo". Repeat viewings are inevitable.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    RAMBO IS A MAN'S FILM

    by turketron

    I think my penis grew two more inches just from seeing this film. I'm age 25, so I know it's not puberty... I think my penis grew 2 inches just from watching this film. Rambo > Enzyte

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    KurtLockwood...Cartoon Military

    by Quake II

    The military aspects of the movie are not cartoonish. The mercenary soldiers are a mix of ex-military and what we can assume to be a couple of gung-ho civilians. We only get to know a couple ex-British SAS guys in the group, but there are no stereotypes or goofy jokers in the bunch. And don't worry too much about getting to know the cast in Rambo as most of them don't survive. There really is no humor in this film.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Wow this movie was viciously gorey!

    by Orionsangels

    Never though do you think the bad guys don't deserve it though. What a bunch cruel assholes. Throwing a baby into a fire. I started cheering when Rembo started turning them into mulch.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    80s Action cranked up to 11

    by JoeSixPack

    LOVED IT! One of the best action films of all time - not for the story, but the action was incredible.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Please read this Sly!`

    by redkamel

    That was the best action movie I have seen in 5 years. Not only that, it was a SEQUEL!! It wasnt toned down. It wasn't "X-treme rambo" It wasnt "rambo and friends"...all of which it could have easily have been. It was Rambo, from First Blood...living in the jungle, bitter, 30 years later...and still on top of his game. I have never cheered or high fived in a movie...until now. The whole theater was cheering! We applauded. My friends theater gave a standing o! The end of the movie was great...I mean, we thought it was kind of lame (at first) when the main bad guy was killed...then boom! Sly caught us off guard! Sylvester Stallone, you are an awesome movie maker. All I can say is thank you for giving me one more movie in the vein of Die Hard, Rambo, Predator...they don't em make like this anymore.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 7:13 p.m. CST

    by the way

    by redkamel

    by the way, Michael Bay is a terrible action movie director and he ruined Transformers. Thanks for reminding me that action movies can still be made the good old fashioned way..with lots of ACTION and KILLING and lots less lame jokes and explosions (and that goes for everybody, not just Michael)

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!!

    by tuttle300

    Well I am assuming that Stallone will be reading these comments for at least a couple of days to see how he did. (I should think with the difficulty in filming this (very epic looking) film and investing that much time in making it he would want to get some feedback. For me---it was a great action flick! I am however wondering where all the guys were??? Its NOT Superbowl weekend so there's no excuse I'll accept from any true action loving "GUY" out there as to why they didn't go out and make this a big fat 30 million dollar weekend. 18 million is pretty good considering all the 'old man' jokes the media was making but still--the LACK of a paying audience just confirms the jokes. And as everybody saw from the brilliantlty bold trailers that this was in fact a classic good old fashioned ACTION (bloody) movie. But a few small points if I may--- 1. The little incident with the Claymore mine was a bit of a stretch. (what did that thing have inside of it--a half pound of plutonium?) Other than that the whole rest of the film frame for frame was really really great. 2. I for one love the little 'speech moments' that Stallone does so well. (For instance the "It's all his!" speech in LOCK UP where FRank (Stallone) tells the co-inmates that the car is gone and it was never theirs to begin with. The car (along with their time in prison) all belongs to the warden. Brilliant writing! Which brings me to my next point--Newsweek has an article on Sly and within the article is a little speech Rambo makes about war.....it was very well written and also true. The article said Stallone took it out because the less Rambo talks the better character he is. Well, I can see that point but maybe it could have at least been handled as a voice over at the start of the film by Stallone (speaking as Rambo) and then we could have watched the silent, never speaking character for the rest of the film and it wouldnt have lessened the film one bit. But oh, well...the film is done and in the can. I plan to get the DVD as well if Stallone is planning an informative audio commentary. 3. I really loved the black and white portion/flashback scene...that was well done too and I am glad it was kept in the film. 4. I hope there is some sort of deleted scene which will be on the DVD where Rambo has actually SEEN the thing that Micheal did to the soldier. Later on after the firefight Rambo could have said someting about making his point and Micheal would be ashamed of what he did and yet be glad to be alive. It was a really great moment of survival for that character and I wish a bit more could have been expanded upon with that moment. But again---oh well. I am looking forward to your focus on more writing/directing. You still have plenty of years to go and it should be interesting to see what you create. Finally PLEASE don't buckle under studio pressure to make any additional RAMBO films. This is a perfect cap to the franchise. Move forward. Remember all the Hollywood types out there who probably laughed at you when you suggested a Rambo 4 (let alone Rocky Balboa!!!) Leave them wanting more---thats the best revenge. Thanks for a great night at the movies--keep shooting! (film, that is)

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Glad your proud of your occupation Harry..

    by themasterofnonsense

    ...too bad you won't live long enough to truly enjoy it. seriously, put down the remote, pull your massive bulk out of the wheelchair, and do something about your goddamn health.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Kurtlockwood...optimus did NOT say that....

    by jojo-pimp

    it was Jazz!

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST

    This movie is...

    by Series7

    perfect. Thank god we are done with 2007's critics jizfest of smarter and hipper then thou movies (no Country and You know) now we can get to 08's geekgazam of films. So far this year looks to stomp 07's ass. And I'll put TWBB in 08, because being released in 100 theaters for Oscar noms doesn't count.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    heres a sign of the apocalypse

    by phalaughul

    rambo losing to a fuckin weak movie like meet the spartans.... what exactly does that tell you... that even washed up actors can't dominate over a more sorry movie than meet the spartans

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Oh if anyone how is still reading this

    by Series7

    has there doubts about this movie, you should probably stop coming to this site. If I had enough time in my day to watch this movie every day I probably would. Praise be to high allah for Sylvester Stallone. You know you see a scene in a movie (Road House) and you are like, you know there is NO way one could ever top a throat ripping scene like that. Rambo > Dalton, now I am not saying that Road House is anywhere near the Godlyness of Rambo.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    phalaughul// washed up actors?

    by MamoVaka

    Do you have any clue how the acting/movie business works? Listen, Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, etc. These were the BIG GUNS, the huge paycheck moviestars.. basically what happens is the public just decides to alienate them.. Stallone is still a big star, always will be.. he's legendary at this point and whether the "retarded" public sees his films or not isn't going to change that.. The MONEY that these movies make comes from 12-18 year old kids who don't have a bloody clue about anything.. Unfortunately these people make the studios money and that is why they go to see those films.. now Rambo.. wasn't perfect.. some of the dialogue in the beginning was not so great, mind you it was good.. just not fantastic.. but the action, especially at the end was totally awesome.. and Stallone did a FANTASTIC job as the character.. I hope we see more films from STallone, Ford and the LEGENDS that actually matter in this business.. Less garbage like "meet the spartans.." give me a break..

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Claymore mine explanation

    by stamper

    It detonated the Tallboy bomb. If you missed this bit, go watch the movie again with your brain in check, it's pretty clear.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    RAMBO rocked the house - loved it

    by Spacesheik

    I saw RAMBO yesterday and it exceeded my expectations: furious, ultra-violent, kinetic with an amazingly somber mood throughout. I loved ever minute of it, it was too brief at around 90 minutes! It isn't just one of the most rousing action films I have ever seen but it has moments of brutal elegance (i.e. the Karen natives running through rice fields avoiding mines) and no-holds barred brutality that exceeds anything in a mainstream film such as THE KILLING FIELDS (the village massacre) The audience simply went nuts at the movie. Bring on RAMBO 5!

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    excuse me for being stupid

    by tuttle300

    Stamper-- Yes I remember that brief scene as the mercs were on their way to rescue the missionaries. But it looked like it was pretty well useless when I looked at it.(esp. from WW2-though there are even today hundreds of unexploded bombs from dozens of wars lying out in the open like that all over the world) Would have been nice if one of the merc's would have stepped back a few steps out of respect for the still active bomb---might have registered for me a bit more during the exciting escape sequence later on.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Hellraiser didn't suck.

    by TheLastCleric

    The material is simply beyond you. You probably watched the original because it's considered a seminal film and all you got out of it was gore and S&M images. The fact that you compared it to Freddy and Jason illustrates just how little you understand so maybe you should just quit posting before you make a total ass of yourself, assuming that ship hasn't sailed yet.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Stamper

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Right you are. When I first saw the trailer, they only show the blast. I had the same question--why would a localized, claymore type explosion cause that large a blast? The tallboy explained it.

  • Jan. 29, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Rambum

    by Roboteer

    Despite the fawning attention here, this is only getting 37% on the tomato meter. It may be a slight improvement on some of Sly's worst efforts, but this is not a good movie even among actioners. The ultraviolence may have some appeal to fanboys, but RAMBO isn't going to make money. That's why this was dumped in this graveyard season. Still, at a $50 M budget, it wasn't cheap. There's not enough of youse out there to turn a profit. Considering the overseas market often ignores these militaristic American themes, I believe it would have to gross about $60 M domestic to come close to ultimate break even. I'll go out on a limb and say it won't come close. Like Rocky, this is likely Rambo's, a little less graceful, swan song. Of course in a world where the rancid MEET THE SPARTANS can be #1 at the box office, anything is possible.

  • Jan. 30, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Fuck Rambo - Here Comes Dr. Tran!

    by 7pointedstar

    Hot Dickings. That is all.

  • Jan. 30, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    STALLONE HAS FIGURED OUT SHOWBIZ!

    by Dresh

    Seriously, I have no idea how anybody can mistake this for a good movie. It looks mediocre, it's got no 'cast', it's loaded with fake looking CG blood, and the script has nothing to say about anything. Yet Stallone got all of us to go see this turkey. Know why? Because Sly has figured out how to shoot cheap action films (50 mil? are you kidding me? This looks like an '80s B-movie! I bet most of that budget ended up in Sly's bank account.) He's also figured out how to suck up to the fanboy community thru this site and others like it, and how to get needy hipsters like Harry to champion his efforts and get the rest of us to pay our $9 bucks. Rambo will make tons of money at the end of the day and all you guys who love it so much, will barely remember any of it. I've always respected Stallone's smarts, but I still feel like I've been had.

  • Jan. 31, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Rambo will make a profit Roboteer

    by Krigan

    It leaped past spartans mon domestically & it will perform way better than spartans overseas. I am puzzled by the tomato meter but it is doing way better on meta critic for some reason. It will also do very well on DVD. Here is a link so you can see how well it is doing even on weekdays. I own a comic shop and the word of mouth on this is great, expect another strong weekend coming up. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/

  • Feb. 5, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST

    What is this Rocky business?

    by CherryValance

    There are articles out there saying he's going to do more Rockys as well as Rambos. I thought we were done with Rocky?

  • Feb. 7, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Harry you suck

    by boogy110

    As a reviewer. It seems that every fucking movie you see is the second cumming of Christ. Matrix Revolutions?, Cloverfield? Rambo? I saw Cloverfield and no, it wasn't mind blowing, Matrix Revolutions just blows. Rambo was good at best, but no where near the fucking jewel you make it out to be. I bet you already believe Indy 4 to be the greatest movie ever and you haven't even seem it yet. Come on man, start being honest with yourself as well as us.

  • Feb. 11, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Say what you want: this movie rocked

    by zog71

    Finally got to see Rambo last friday night. I loved it, haven't seen a good action movie that high on action in a long time. Reminds me of the action movies of old, short on plot and heavy on violence. Personally I believe Stallone did a great job bringing Rambo back for this picture, and wasn't afraid to shed some heavy blood. The killing of the driver in the jeep with that huge gun was the greatest thing I have seen and absolutely loved it. For us old timers that grew up with Rambo,as well as the other old action movies should not miss this film. This is what action should be. I loved this film and hope to get time to see it again.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    It hasnt opened in the UK yet...

    by Mr Chuff

    but I've seen it (because I'm naughty!) and I thought it kicked ass. I was shitting it after the laughable heap of dung that is Rambo III but this is serious. Its not even remotely funny (apart from Rambo's first line being "fuck off, ok?")

  • Feb. 21, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Yo Adrian

    by Maui

    This movie absolutely sucked! Give me First Blood any day over this crappy movie. It's laughable in parts, it's so cheesy and predictable. The flashbacks? A salute to all the Rambo movies? zzzzzzzzzzzz

  • March 18, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    omg

    by slkboxrman

    stallone should stop making movies...whats next ? judge dredd ? leave rocky alone...balboa was a good ending, as opposed to the street fight rocky5...dont mess it up because ur greedy...and man look in the mirror....ur like 70 and ur no harrison ford.....bad news for rambo fans, stallone says he wants rambo to shift genre's....good luck with that one....lol

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Testing out multiple accounts?

    by orcus