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Stallone's fourth flick about mercenary is ultraviolent and artless
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2008 10:55 AM CST

(Newser) – Sylvester Stallone's latest, and last, film about Vietnam vet/mercenary John Rambo isn't short on violence. "Body parts go flying, blood gets applied with a fire hose, spleens decorate the trees," writes Andrew Wright of the Portland-Mercury. Unfortunately, the movie is short on everything else. "One would be hard-pressed to imagine a conventional narrative being any thinner than the one in Rambo," says Dustin Putnam of

And what little dialogue there is in the picture—in which Rambo, now leading a solitary existence in Thailand, gets drawn into Burma's 60-year-old civil war—inspires "bad laughs." In short, writes Thomas Leupp of "Fans of the first three movies will likely love it—as will fans of irony, absurdity, and unintentional comedy."