When a group of missionary aid workers in Myanmar disappear into the vast green inferno, vigilante Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) leaves his job as a Salween River boatman behind to accompany a group of mercenaries on a daring rescue mission. It's been 20 years since Rambo helped mujahedeen rebels fend off Soviet invaders in Afghanistan, and these days the former soldier lives a simple life in northern Thailand. Meanwhile, the world's longest-running civil war rages into its 60th year on the nearby Thai-Burma border. One day, human rights missionaries Sarah Miller (Julie Benz) and Michael Burnett (Paul Schulze) show up asking Rambo to guide them up the Salween so they can get some much-needed food and medical supplies to the desperate Karen tribe. According to Sarah and Michael, the Burmese military has planted land mines all along the roads leading into the tribe's village, making it virtually impossible to reach the tribe via land. Two weeks after Rambo drops the group off in dangerous territory, pastor Arthur Marsh (Ken Howard) arrives with a chilling message: the aid workers never returned from their mission into the jungle, and the embassies refuse to help Marsh and his fellow missionaries find their missing friends. Now, despite the fact that Rambo has long since sworn off all forms of violence, the knowledge that innocent missionaries are being used as pawns in a brutal war leaves him with no other choice than to venture behind enemy lines on his most dangerous mission to date.~Jason Buchanan
Altho the plot is solid as we see Rambo's character come "full circle", what this version adds - inserted b&w images supposedly following Rambo's thought provoking introspection, doesn't really add to the movie's flow, but instead interrupts the viewer's "suspension of disbelief", almost a queue to hit pause & get another beer...
I grew up watching the Rambo films. Each one is very distinct. This "Rambo" is by far the bloodiest one of them all, and I love it. The tone set in this Rambo is different but welcome. The drama seems more real and gut wrenching this time, and there are scenes of violence that are hard to watch but was likely necessary to invoke the sensitive nature of the story. It is a good watch. Enjoy !.
The 4K bluray renders the picture with noticeable improvements here and there, but it is the sound that will blow you away, which is a definite improvement over the 1080. Watch the part with .50 cal during the last battle scene. The thud coming off that weapon will rattle your dishes.
While not my favorite Rambo film, that will always be the first (i.e., First Blood), this is a worthy entry in the franchise. Although, it is very dark and brutal. Yes, there is CGI blood. But, there are some practical effects and explosions, too. I won't go into the film. My main focus here is to comment on the quality of the 4K release. The 4K HDR presentation here is quite nice. I watched the 1080p Blu-ray not long ago and I felt like there was more immersion in the 4K presentation, so I enjoyed the film more--I actually sold my 1080p Blu-ray thinking I would never watch this film again. But I could see myself re-watching this one on occasion. Sure. It is gritty. But it does have a commendable story. It does fit the character and I like that Rambo fights with a team...sort of. Anyway, the sound here is good. It filled the room nicely. I don't recall any overhead effects that stood out, but then, I don't know why it would need any. Most of the action is ground-level. At the price, this is a good addition to your collection if you are a fan of the franchise.