Mindful violence? Responses to the Rambo series' shifting aesthetic of aggression

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-479
JournalNew Review of Film and Television Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2012
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Rambo (2008) marked the return of Sylvester Stallone's iconic action hero. What is most striking about the fourth film (as the response from reviewers testifies), is its graphic violence. My intention here is to critically engage with Rambo (2008) as rewriting the series' established aesthetic of violence. My overarching aim is to highlight how the popular press has sought to read the 2008 version of Rambo according to the discursive narratives surrounding Stallone's 1980s action films. The negative response to Rambo, I argue, stems from relying on critical patterns that do not fit the film itself.

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