We watched Rambo a day after Valentine’s. Nearing the end of the flick, there was a mailbox scene. And etched at the side of the mailbox was the words R. Rambo.
Needless to say, John Rambo and Rocky Balboa are two different individuals. They were played by one actor though, Sylvester Stallone. and my statement was an honest dim-witted mistake.
Anyhow, Stallone’s fourth Rambo installment was brutally harsh. I haven’t seen the other three yet. But despite the distressing violence, lessons were imparted.
I was totally unaware of Burma’s depressing condition. The movie oriented me of the disturbing war zone state of Burma for over 50 years now. Karen people’s everyday ordeal (mostly farmers and peasants) is to endure the tyrannical rule of the sadistic Burmese military.
Second, let me quote Rambo, “know what you are, what you’re made of. War is in your blood. When you’re pushed, killing’s as easy as breathing.” In reality, we try to escape our past by living its strict opposite. But then, sometimes we push ourselves too hard that when our souls weaken, we tend to give in to that old tendency again. True enough, from a secluded existence in Thailand as a snake hunter, Vietnam veteran John Rambo willingly joined some paid mercenaries to rescue a group of missionaries who failed to return from their task. And this meant killing once more.
Lastly, undeniably an action flick, the closing scene however was gracefully ended. Going back to Arizona was a decision Rambo seemingly didn’t entertain. Although complicated as it may be, he managed to return home.
Not all action films are about blood and killings. Sensible filmmakers consider quiet scenes as the best episode to epitomize the actor’s unquestionable bravery. The supposedly significant mailbox explained everything. And it was where I falter.
** 21 feb 2008 post