January 24, 2008, - 3:42 pm

Weekend Box Office: “Rambo,” Outrageous “Untraceable”–Torture Porn Snuff Films As Brought to You by Sly Stallone & Diane Lane; 10 Ways to Torture an FBI Agent to Death

By Debbie Schlussel
This weekend’s box office releases include the much-buzzed about “Rambo” and “Untraceable.” I cannot recommend either they are pointless cinematic outings in torture porn and snuff that reach “Saw” levels of graphic violence and dismemberment. Neither is for kids. Not even teens. Adults should know better.
* “Rambo“: Like a jilted lover who won’t realize it’s over, Sylvester Stallone said he wanted to have closure on his Rambo series of movies. Well, sometimes closure is a bad idea. And this is one of those times. His “Rocky Balboa” finish to the “Rocky” series was classy, touching, and inspirational. His “Rambo” finale was better left unmade.
There are only two good things about this movie:

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1) It is short, about an hour and twenty minutes.
But even that amount is too long for this non-stop, pointless snuff and dismemberment film. The level of blood, violence, in your face shooting-off of heads, dismemberments, and other graphic gore is at the levels of the movie, “Saw”–perhaps, worse. It is simply disgusting without a purpose. Bodies cut in half, limbs shot off, instant beheadings, etc. Completely unsettling and gross.
2) It shows liberal, leftie American missionaries and how stupid they are in insisting on non-violence against terrorists who are about to kill them. Eventually, they, too, kill terrorists in the interest of self-preservation.
The story: John Rambo is now a snake wrangler in Thailand, collecting cobras and pythons for a snake show. He operates a boat and reluctantly agrees to take foolish, liberal Christian missionaries into a terrorist-dominated area of Burma/Myanmar. The Burmese terrorists capture them and torture them, after they’ve brutally wiped out a whole town. Members of the missionaries’ church hire mercenaries who come to rescue them from the terrorists. Rambo takes them to the area with his boat. The cynical, conceited mercenaries soon learn that they are way out of their league. It is up to Rambo to save the day.
Stallone employs the same technique he used in “Rocky Balboa,” as there are flashbacks to the previous “Rambo” movies in this one. A dream sequence, however, engages in the typical “Rambo”-esque revisionist history on Vietnam and Rambo feels guilt over killing “innocent” people there. “You killed for yourself, not for your country,” he tells himself. Sorry, but I’m sick of this fairy tale defamation of our brave men who fought and died against the evil VietCong there. Haven’t we had enough?
Then, there’s the fact that the entire movie shows non-Muslim Asian terrorists engaged in all kinds of torture, rape of boys and women, dismemberment, and murder, all things Muslims engage in, in that region of the world (and others). Yet, Stallone did the PC-thing and use Burmese terrorists instead of Islamic ones. His various excuses for wimping out and not doing so are lame. He’s as PC as anyone in Hollywood. That’s the real reason.
As I said, one of the best parts is when terrorists approach Rambo and the missionaries on his boat. They want the female missionary handed over. But Rambo kills them all, instead. The male leader of the missionaries screams at him for killing. Rambo tells him, “They would have raped her 50 times over, and they would have cut all your heads off.” Later, the male missionary leader threatens to report Rambo for the killings. But, soon, fleeing captivity, this missionary who bragged about not having weapons is shooting Burmese terrorists dead to save himself.
That’s great, but not nearly great enough to justify seeing this blood-and-dismemberment fest, which has ample more shock value than any real redeeming value.
* “Untraceable“: More like, “Ten Ways to Torture an FBI Agent to Death.” Absolutely disgusting and vile. A two-hour long torture porn and snuff film, in which various Americans, including an FBI agent, are tortured to death, televised on the Internet for all of the world to watch–a plot point ripped off from the almost-as-horrid WWE “film,” “The Condemned.” This movie is extremely graphic and disgusting but is well worth the ten bucks, if you are a psychotic serial murderer looking for new, more sadistic techniques. Shame on Diane Lane for appearing in this sicko-fest. Several people angrily walked out on the screening. Good for them. One woman shouted, “How can you show this torture?”
Lane plays an FBI agent working in the cyber crimes unit. She stumbles onto a site operated by a person who tortures his cat to death and televises it on the internet. Soon, he is torturing people to death on the internet. The more people that watch, the faster they are murdered in sick, disgusting ways, that are all shown very graphically. Lane and her partner try to figure out the identity of the madman mastermind and capture him, but they are racing against time, with each new kill. And now, she and her daughter are the targets.
Absolutely pointless and hypocritical: A movie that pontificates against torture porn on the internet, but serves up the most graphic, disgusting version of it on the silver screen. I can’t imagine the FBI likes this kind of silver screen PR. When an FBI agent–or any American–is kidnapped and tortured using one of the novel new methods in this movie, they can thank Diane Lane for it.
In a move of incredible chutzpah, if you go to the URL of the killer’s website from the movie, KillWithMe.com, the site tells you that entering the site will result in killing of innocent people. Then, if you enter, it asks you, “Where are your morals?” That’s a question the makers of and actors in this movie should be asking themselves, not me or you. It won’t be a surprise if innocent people do, indeed, get tortured to death by sickos inspired by this dreck.
Please skip this garbage, and send Hollywood a message.

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6 Responses

Debbie, about the new Rambo film… ironically – Thailand does have a terrorist problem in the south of the country where real life terrorists are are torturing, beheading and murdering civilians. The terrorists are Muslim and their targets are Buddhists! Rambo has the reality in the film exactly reversed. From this we can generalize a rule that when Hollywood is going to produce a movie about terrorism, one can be 100% certain the terrorists depicted therein will NEVER be Muslim or Arab. It would violate the PC rule on the Left that says Islam is the “Religion Of Peace.”
[NF: EXACTLY. EVEN THAILAND'S NEW PREZ, A MUSLIM, TOOK OVER IN A COUP. LIKE I SAID SLY STALLONE WIMPED OUT AND FOLLOWED PC DOGMA. DS]

NormanF on January 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm

Debbie – glad to see you are starting to get it about Stallone. It’s obvious the guy is ripped on steroids. I liked the first Rambo because it had a plausible story, Rocky, too. But this guy has registered as a card carrying Hollywood sleeze for decades now.
Who do you think writes for the studios anymore? A bunch of punks who have never torn their face away the internet long enough to get a clue. Teenage boys drive the market, and apparently they buy this garbage, nice parenting out there.

code7 on January 24, 2008 at 7:56 pm

I never liked Rambo. The original was OK because I was living in Philadelphia at the time. It was nice to see familiar sights. I always had a problem with Stallone, though. I had a hard time getting past his brain-damaged appearance. It’s hard to take that steroid junkie seriously.

lexi on January 24, 2008 at 8:21 pm

At the risk of being called a knuckle dragger I love seeing any bad guys getting their heads chopped off and being blown up. I can’t help myself.

John Cunningham on January 25, 2008 at 7:53 am

Debbie: If you can go into the theater with the knowledge (and I know you can) that what you’re about to see is leftist trash, then (as Rush has noted), the missionaries in the new “Rambo” film are hilarious caricatures of the modern Appease-o-crat Party (not to mention the liberals now running Israel), mistaking Jesus’ pronouncement to “turn the other cheek,” for “bend forward and take it up the ***” — haven’t seen the movie myself, but from Rush’s description yesterday, I’ll wait (and save $7.50), and then rent the DVD and laugh myself silly at the moronic “missionaries” who’d rather die than fight (not the real Judeo-Christian tradition). Thus, there is some “redeeming social value” to this piece of garbage after all, and maybe a lesson for all the Surrender Monkeys out there!

theendisnear on January 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

sly stallone is a hypocrite, and sly in real life.. not to mention PC.
btw, his mother looks really cute in this photo ;)
http://beewulf.com/x/jackiestallone.html
megh

megh iyer on January 25, 2008 at 3:32 pm

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