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Rambo Isn’t Just a Superhuman Killing Machine, but It’s Easy to Forget – The Big Picture


Sylvester Stallone brings his iconic John J. Rambo back to screens for what’s promised to be one last mission this weekend in Rambo: Last Blood, but the constantly reinvented (and always controversial) action hero has been counted out a few times before. Film critic Bob Chipman takes a look back at how one of action cinema’s most vulnerable and human antiheroes morphed into a politically charged symbolic superhuman, accidental self-caricature, and strange, fearsome specter haunting the graveyard of ’80s popular culture.

This is The Big Picture, talking about Rambo.

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Bob Chipman
Bob Chipman is a critic and author.