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Rambo | 2008 | R | - 5.10.7

Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as the lethal but troubled Vietnam vet John Rambo. This time he accompanies a group of mercenaries to rescue Christian aid workers from a Burmese military compound. Also with Julie Benz, James Brolin, Paul Schulze and Matthew Marsden. Directed by Stallone. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Men struggle with women, tearing off their clothing (we see backs and shoulders, but bare breasts are not clearly visible) and it is not shown but it is implied that the men are raping the women; it is also not shown, but it is implied that a man rapes a young boy (the boy's head is caressed by a man and he enters a room and the door is shut).
 A man explains that other men intend to rape and behead a woman.
 Women in tube tops or low-cut shirts are forced to dance while men, many of them drunk, watch and holler at them (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man slaps a woman on the behind.
 A man looks through a window and sees bare buttocks (it is unclear whether they belong to a male or a female). We see many shirtless men.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - During an attack men fire mortars into a village, several explosions send people flying through the air, and one man explodes in a shower of blood and body parts; men push children to the ground, one man steps on a child's head, puts a gun to the child's chest and fires (blood sprays from the child's chest), a man is shot in the leg (blood flies out of the wound), a man's leg is torn off by gunfire (we see the severed limb and blood sprays out), a man cut's another man's arms off (we see the severed limb and blood sprays out), a man throws a child into a flaming building, and a man fires a flamethrower at several people (one man is shown on fire, and screaming in agony); we also see several people missing limbs, and a boy moans in pain as a doctor puts a bandage on his leg.
 A man fires a large caliber machine gun at a group of people; many people are shown being shot in the chest, back, head, legs, and arms, they fall down after being shot (this is a wide shot and we don't see blood). Men beat men, women, and children with the stocks of their rifles. We see a village on fire.
 Soldiers drag people violently out of a truck and force them to the ground, a man throws mines into a muddy rice paddy, and the men place bets on which people will survive and then force them to run through the paddy: a man steps on a mine (there is a bloody explosion and parts of him are seen flying through the air), and men shoot guns at men and women (we see blood spray from their chests and they fall to the ground).
 A man kicks another man in the head, a man shoots another man with an arrow through the chest and then he shoots the man with another arrow through the head (we see the bloody wound), a man shoots another man in the leg and head with an arrow, and a man shoots another man in the back with an arrow.
 A man stabs another man in the chest and side with a large knife (blood oozes from the wounds), a man shoots another man in the chest (we see no blood), a man squeezes another man's neck (blood oozes out between his fingers), a man rips out another man's throat (we see blood and flesh), a man shoots another man in the chest (the man flies through the air and blood sprays from his chest), and a man shoots another man in the head (part of his head flies through the air and blood sprays from the remaining part of his head and we see the half-headless corpse in a pool of blood).
 A man cuts another man's head off with a machete (blood sprays from the neck), a man fires at another man with a large caliber machine gun at short range, pulverizing him (blood, bone, and flesh are shown covering the gun), a man cuts another man's stomach (his intestines spill out), a man shoots several men with a machine gun (blood sprays from their wounds), a man's leg is ripped off by gunfire, a man's arm is torn off by gunfire, a man is cut in half by gunfire, several men are shot (resulting in large bloody holes through their chests), a man explodes (blood and gore fly through the air), a man is shot in the back and falls down, a man beats another man in the head with a rock (blood oozes out), men fire a mortar cannon at another group of men, and several more people die in explosions, with blood and body parts flying through the air.
 A man fires a flamethrower at another man (he is shown on fire, screaming in pain), a man fires a gun at a truck full of men, pulverizing them, and a man's head explodes (blood hits the camera). A man explodes (we see gore flying through the air), a man throws a knife into another man's neck, and a man shoots another man in the head (blood and brain matter fly out). A man stabs a man in the neck with a knife (no blood is shown).
 Men shoot a large gun over a boat, a man shoots three men in the chest, they fall, a man shoots three men in the head (blood sprays out of the head wounds), and a man explains that other men intend to rape and behead a woman; we see three pale corpses lying in pools of blood, and a man pours gasoline on them, lights them on fire, and the boat explodes.
 We see rotting corpses, maggots, and flies, there is a rotting head on a pole and rotten corpses hanging from ropes, many corpses are missing limbs, are bloody, and have bullet wounds, and we see body parts, organs, blood and other gore. A corpse hangs from a tree and pigs gnaw at the corpse's bloody legs. We see many bloody people, alive, injured, and dead; some are missing limbs or have very large bloody wounds. We see a man covered in blood. There is an explosion that sends a man flying through the air, and we see the man's broken, bloody leg and, he cries in pain.
 A man kicks a man who is on the ground, several men kick other men who are on the ground and beat them with the stocks of their rifles, a man beats another man with a cane, and a man stabs another man's open leg wound with a cane.
 Men struggle with women, tearing off their clothing (we see backs and shoulders, but bare breasts are not clearly visible) and it is not shown but it is implied that the men are raping the women; it is also not shown, but it is implied that a man rapes a young boy (the boy's head is caressed by a man and he enters a room and the door is shut). A man throws a cigarette at a woman, a man throws a drink at a woman, a man slaps a woman on the behind, a man pours a drink on a woman's head, a man pushes a woman to the ground, men grab and drag women violently, and a man slaps a woman.
 Soldiers grab boys and violently push them into a truck, a man shoots several men, who fall to the ground, and a man threatens to kill villagers and feed their bodies to pigs. A man fires a gun into the air. A man fires a machine gun into the jungle (we hear screams). A man head-butts another man.
 We hear news reports that describe mass graves, bombings, and death; we see images of corpses covered in decay and maggots, images of deformed people, images of pits filled with rotting corpses, and an image of a decaying head on a post.
 A massive explosion kills several dogs and men (we see no gore from the explosion). A boat explodes.
 A man hunts fish with a bow and arrow (we see an arrow sticking through a fish). Men force snakes into a bag. Men throw food at people in cages. A man spits.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 29 F-words, 6 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (retard, redneck), 2 religious profanities, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol straight from a bottle, and several men are shown getting drunk and becoming violent. A man smokes cigarettes in many scenes. A man talks about other men producing and distributing drugs.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Burmese conflict, use of animals for entertainment, killing people for entertainment, religious aid workers, Christianity, forced conscription of boys into the military, military rule, piracy, keeping a commitment, drunkenness, slavery, rape, sodomy, war, death, murder, extreme violence as a response to extreme violence, torture, reuniting with parents.

MESSAGE - In desperate times, killing many people is necessary, even if doing so damages one's character.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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