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Published:January 31st, 2008 12:02 EST
Rambo Comes Out of Hiding in Theatres Today

Rambo Comes Out of Hiding in Theatres Today

By Garrett Godwin

Heroes never die. They reload.

For over two decades, he has been a legend in the shadows – a soldier without a war, a man without a country. Now, he's back and this time, he shows no mercy. Before there was The Terminator, there was Rambo, the original killing machine. Writer/director/actor Sylvester Stallone reloads once again in the fourth installment of the troubled Vietnam veteran.

Twenty years after rescuing his old friend and mentor, Col. Trautman, in Afghanistan, John Rambo lives a quiet life in a Thai village, making a living as a boatman. His latest job involves taking a group of Christian missionaries to war-torn Burma to bring medicine and healing to the sick and needy. Influenced by the compassionate and idealistic Sarah (Julie Benz), Rambo decides to guide the missionaries there. But when Sarah and her group are taken prisoner, Rambo teams up with a group of mercenaries and rebel fighters to plan a rescue mission, unleashing his inner warrior once again.

Rambo marks the first film without actor Richard Crenna, who played Trautman in the last three installments. Crenna died of heart failure five years ago, on January 17, 2003. He was 76.

Despite his age, Stallone wanted the audience to know that Rambo isn't the same man he once was in the 1980s. In this film, Rambo is now broken, weary, disillusioned, and cynical. He's seen it all, done it all, and now doesn't care anymore because he believes that the world will never change due to war and violence.

Though criticized for excessive violence, the Rambo saga follows the story of a man searching for purpose, meaning, and understanding in his life outside of combat and fighting. Haunted by his past, John Rambo tries to find his place in the world. He is a loner because everyone he knew and loved has died. A tragic, reluctant hero, John Rambo is a dedicated patriot willing to defend and die for America. All he wants is what all other men who are willing to risk their lives want – for this country to love them as THEY love IT.

This sequel is the most volatile, gruesome, violent, and intense in all of the Rambo movies, because Stallone wanted for Rambo to go out, not with a whimper or with a bang, but with an explosion. When John Rambo gets ready to fight, he doesn't hold anything back. He may not talk much, but this film proves that he is still a man in action.

Rambo locks and loads once again, in theatres now.

"Live for nothing or die for something"
-John J. Rambo