Friday, July 25, 2008
More Gore In Store
The goriest film I've ever seen? I pause and consider this question. Lord knows I watch a ton of hack and slash. Hmmm. "Turista"? Hardly. "Night of the Living Dead"? A walk through the park. "Hostel"? Yeah, that's definitely blood and gut territory. "Cabin Fever"? "Saw 2"? "The Devil's Rejects"?
All of these horror films are child's play next to "Rambo", directed by Sylvester Stallone. Seriously. In this most recent incarnation of the series, the story takes place in Myanmar as a rogue army of one hundred terrorizes innocent villagers. Rambo heads up river along with a group of mercenaries to rescue a team of missionaries. Using this plot as a frame we get the most realistic scenes of bodies being blown up, ripped apart, liquefied. Children are seen having their limbs blown off and holes ripped through their bodies. And unfortunately, this is the best example of special effects that I've ever seen. Absolutely believable.
I am sure that Stallone would argue that war is bloody. That may be true, but I would counter that in a Rambo movie, while one comes to the film with expectations that there will be violence and gore, one expects comic book or Hollywood action to follow. When this sort of gore shows up in a Rambo film, it is gratuitous and vulgar. This isn't "Saving Private Ryan" or "Platoon".
I know people have questioned the use of gore over and over and talked about whether or not it desensitizes an audience. That issue bleeds into videogames and music. I'm not necessarily raising that issue here. I obviously watch many films that are expectedly vicious. However, the Rambo series, while always bloody, never reached the level of gore that would make a horror film seem tame in comparison.