Very Pro-Christian But Marred By Ultra-Violence
Release Date: January 25, 2008
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Julie
Benz, Matthew Marsden, Paul
Schulze, and Graham McTavish
Genre: War Drama
Runtime: 91 minutes
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Executive Producer: Peter Block, Boaz Davidson,
Danny Dimbort, Randall Emmett,
Jon Feltheimer, George Furla,
Florian Lechner, Trevor Short,
Andreas Thiesmeyer, Bob
Weinstein, and Harvey
Producer: Kevin King, Avi Lerner,
Sylvester Stallone, and John
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
AKA Lions Gate Films
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Trying to leave behind his troubled past, Rambo lives a quiet life in Thailand. When an American church group wants to take food, medicine and the Gospel into Burma and when they need a boatman to take them up the river, Rambo reluctantly agrees, mainly due to the promptings of one particularly beautiful missionary, Sarah.
When he drops them off, Sarah gives him a cross necklace to encourage his faith. Weeks later, he learns that they have been captured and taken prisoner by the ruthless military. He then accompanies a team of ex-military mercenaries into the prisoner camp to set Sarah and her companions free.
RAMBO is a good, testosterone-filled, action-packed movie; but, sadly, it suffers from mixed content.
On one hand, the movie presents a very clear, very strong moral worldview. It has clearly distinguished lines between good and evil. The movie also has very positive references to Christianity, including a very clear depiction of salvation through Christ as one missionary reads from a Bible and tells Burmese villagers, “Christ may dwell in your heart with faith.” The movie has a very positive view of missionaries, martyrdom, the Bible, a Christian pastor, prayer, and self-sacrifice.
On the other hand, and this is a heavy hand, RAMBO is one of the most violent movies in recent memory. The movie begins with rather violent news footage documenting the civil unrest in Burma, and it becomes more gruesome from there. The movie has nearly non-stop, gruesome, graphically violent scenes, including extended sequences of villages being destroyed and men, women and children being slaughtered.
Dramatically, the violence serves its purpose in portraying the inhumanity of the villains. However, less is more. It seems, though, in the case of this movie, Stallone seems to have forgotten that rule. Also, coupled with the violence is an excessive amount of very strong foul language. Mostly, the strong foul language comes from the mercenaries and the villains and never from the missionaries, but the language still accosts the viewer’s ears. Again though, Stallone, also the writer and director of the movie, would have been well served to stick to the “less is more” rule.
All in all, RAMBO is a well-made, fast-paced, action movie with very strong moral, redemptive and Christian content. It also is a bankable franchise. Regrettably, however, the excessive violence and foul language and R rating will probably keep a lot of audience members away. There are plenty of movies that are not excessive in content and that have uplifting characters and stories. To know about all of the great choices that families and people of faith have when they go to the theatre, please visit www.movieguide.org.
RAMBO is an exciting, testosterone-filled, action-packed movie, but suffers from mixed content. On one hand, the movie presents a very strong moral worldview. It has clearly distinguished lines between good and evil. The movie also has very positive references to Christianity, including very clear depictions of salvation through Christ, missionaries, martyrdom, the Bible, prayer, and self-sacrifice. The movie is extremely ultra-violent, however, and the non-Christian characters and villains use many strong obscenities.