Well, it had to happen: with almost every ancient action franchise having been resuscitated, it was inevitable that Sylvester Stallone would -- after inflicting the adventures of Rocky Balboa on us -- be back with John Rambo. And, with the film nearly a year away from its projected May, 2008 release date, some pictures from John Rambo(directed by Stallone himself, you know) have leaked out to the net to whet our appetites, along with this early trailer. You can find the four shots -- of Stallone looking bedraggled, bruised and bloody -- right here.

I'm by-and-large unimpressed with this idea -- Rambo, to me, seems like Forrest Gump or Dick Clark's non-retirement: one of those regrettable, semi-toxic lingering, cultural remnants of Reaganism. At the same time, John Rambo includes, among its many writers, Jeb Stuart -- the man who wrote the first Die Hard film -- so there's a dim chance it might have some action-flick goodness. And, frankly, while I think there's nothing worse than making unkind comments about an actor's physical appearance, I cannot deny that in some of these shots, Stallone looks, well, like a crumpled up scrap of red leather that's been found at the back of the Ikea storehouse. What say you, audiences -- is John Rambo going to be something you're looking forward to -- or just an expensive vanity project to be laughed at? And bear in mind before you answer – when John Rambo hits the big screens, it will have been nearly 26 years since the actually-not-that-bad First Blood lit up theater screens...
categories Movies, Cinematical