Until he dragged Rocky kicking and screaming out of deep freeze for the final sixth time, it had been a while since Sylvester Stallone had a hit movie. OK, so he paired up with that annoying old lady from The Golden Girls to torture us with 'Stop! Or my mom will shoot' but apart from that turkey, he has been mostly famous for having his shoulder felt by Australian Custom officials after sneaking human growth hormone and testosterone into the land down under.
Never one to turn down the opportunity to grow as an actor, the 61 year old has decided that this is the right time to reprised his former role as psychotic killing machine, the mumbling John Rambo.
In Rambo 3, Sly had the Vietnam Vet taking on the might of the Soviet army in Afghanistan, ably assisted by the Mujahideen who were US backed freedom fighters using guerrilla tactics to attack a super-power back then in 1988.
Of course, the Mujahideen are terrorists now using guerrilla tactics to attack a super-power and the kids who whooped it up in the US cinemas as Rambo led them to glory are now in Iraq shooting at the Mujahideen but that is beside the point.
Because of the complexity of explaining how today's enemy was yesterdays allies, Rambo is taking on and killing hundreds of the Burmese army instead.
I expect that there will be many blogs mentioning the high kill rate of Rambo's latest outing (236 as you ask) but i want to draw attention to this charmingly titled Rambo Kill Chart.
There is a trend for the kill rate to up with each film as well as the number of good guys killed by the baddies but i like the fact that the number of bad guys killed by Rambo with his shirt off declines with each film as killings with his shirt on rises sharply.
Proof indeed that no matter how much human growth hormone you stick in your veins, slaughtering a good proportion of the Burmese military is just not sexy when you have man boobs.