Sylvester Stallone reprises his other most iconic film role twenty years after the release of “Rambo III,” catching up with hardened Vietnam War veteran John Rambo as he now lives in a remote Thailand village near the Burmese border where he makes a living taxiing people up and down the Salween River. Rambo’s life is a quiet one of melancholy introspection (he was always a man of few words, after all) until he reluctantly agrees to take a group of missionaries into Burma on a humanitarian mission to bring aid to Karen tribespeople, an endeavor that later takes a deadly turn after the village in which they’re stationed is attacked by the Tatmadaw, Burma’s military organization, who kill most of the villagers and kidnap the rest – including the missionaries. Upon being informed of the situation by the missionaries’ pastor (Ken Howard), Rambo joins forces with a group of ragtag mercenaries on a dangerous rescue mission – and to avenge the massacre inflicted by the Tatmadaw, whose soldiers like to amuse themselves with such activities as forcing hostages to run into mine fields. Considered by many to be the most violent American action film ever made, “Rambo” had its own share of real-life close calls with the local military while filming on location near Burma; the film’s extremist style both in front of and behind the camera suggests that this is a “last call” for our hero, but Stallone actually avoided calling it “John Rambo” because it might imply that this would be his final ride (a la “Rocky Balboa”). The film is dedicated to the memory of Richard Crenna, who played the almost equally iconic role of Col. Sam Trautman in the first three films. – IFC Staff