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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Nonstop graphic violence in action movie sequel.

Movie R 2008 93 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 4+

Stay Strong-Hoorah

Love it! It has a good message... Do the right thing at any cost, If that is not a good message? I'm willing to be wrong! But parents, of course should point out that Rambo had a very dangerous problem and only seen one way out! Killing over girl who broke up with you for another man is not reasonable! - "All is fare in Love & War"

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Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+
Very good movie with lots of action.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18):
Kids say (47):

The film's action scenes benefit from a gang of fresh characters who play the guns-for-hire assigned to rescue the humanitarians. The men are a diverse crew (British actors Gavin McTavish as the bald and bold Lewis and Matthew Marsden as the likable sniper School Boy are especially memorable) of special-ops types who don't know yet how valuable their guide (Rambo) is, and their banter is a bit reminiscent of The Dirty Dozen -- albeit with a lot more expletives. It's good that Stallone added some help for the aging Rambo, though in several scenes, he doesn't seem to need anything but his expert hands to fell dozens of soldiers.

Surprisingly, even at 61, the muscular Stallone is still an imposing presence. No matter how many comedians jokingly call this sequel "Gram-bo," there's no doubt the writer-director-star can still kick butt in the most fantastically bloody of ways. Rambo's longtime fans will relish the three-digit body count, but everyone else may end up completely overwhelmed by the violence and underwhelmed by the preachy, formulaic dialogue exchanged between Rambo and the missionaries. Not that the script is really that important in this film -- it's all about the man, the legend, the sexagenarian master, Sylvester Stallone. For some moviegoers, that's more than enough.

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