Finally, a great action movie! We need more of these! None of it really comes as as overly cheesy to me, it never tries to act like it's "Citizen Kane" and bite off more than it can chew. It simply focuses on what is important to Rambo and the story. Highly entertaining!
I really should dislike this movie, but I can't. Sure, the first half hour is full of terrible and stiff acting, but the last hour is ridiculous. There's no bit of story. Just heads exploding left and right and an evil gay pedophile. Maybe it's all the Cahiers du Cinema articles I've read, but this film makes me feel Stallone knows that the only way to get through to the modern American viewer is through bloodshed.
Je m'attendais à un film d'action d'une débilité sans nom, j'ai trouvé un film très sensible, très émouvant, parlant des vétérans de guerre qui reviennent au pays pour se retrouver complètement marginalisés et sans repère.
The action is gruesome and uncompromising. You could probably read this as an apologia for American interventionism, if you were so inclined. Rambo (the ur-American) is reluctantly drawn into a conflict in a third world country, with a brutal dictatorship inflicting horrors on its own citizens. Rambo leads the coalition forces into the nation and resolves the conflict with some brutal violence of his own.
A surprisingly more believable action movie that returns to the gritty mood of the original but still having the character as one-man slaughter machine as in the sequels. It has a message and probably gave morale boost to the resistance fighters of Burma, but what is most effective is the brutal action that looks like it was taken from a horrific slasher movie.
Lack of content or not, the essence of an action film is action - meaning violence - and Rambo IV delivers it with good direction, camerawork and editing. And yes indeed, it was surprisingly entertaining.