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Stallone talks Rambo V

Rambo.jpgSylvester Stallone has been talking about Rambo V again, and while the news isn't anything new as we already heard that he was writing the script and there was talk that Weinstein wanted to try and set it in America, it is a clear update from the man himself.

He confirms what we already know, that he's planning to play the character of John Rambo again, it's just where to set it, and there seems to be a bit of a debate behind the scenes.

We know that Weinstein wants to set it in America, or so he has said before, but Sylvester Stallone says that there's a bit of a conflict about the location for Rambo V:

"Yeah, we are doing another Rambo, but the conflict is whether to do it in America or a foreign country…"

See, I told you he said that. The comment comes from ExtraTV through Coming Soon. It was back in September of last year that we saw the official Lionsgate press release that said Stallone was writing the fifth Rambo film, and why not? The fourth earned over double what it cost to make which is a very healthy return considering how old the franchise, and the star, are.

I'm definitely there for another Rambo, and you know what? I'd be delighted to see it in America. Of course the issue there is that it might end up becoming a little like Jack Bauer, and if it went abroad again it might feel a little convoluted about Rambo running away…again, especially after he's just come home.



If green-lighting "Rambo V" can be resolved by filming inside the United States and in a foreign country, both, Sylvester Stallone and the Weinstein Company should consider the U.S.-Mexico border. Arguably, no where else in the world is there the degree and diversity of armed struggled. No scriptwriter’s imagination could possibly conceive the opposition between characters in a work of drama that motivates and shapes the action of the plot than can be found in the turbulent nexus conjoining that border between Laredo, Texas and Nuveo Laredo, Mexico.

Imagine: violence erupts in Nuveo Laredo just before the trilateral summit and only hours after Alejandro Dominguez is named chief of police in this unruly border community. Drug gang members had urged him, "Resign, resign, resign!" in three urgent phone calls over a 30-minute period. Dominguez refuses, and gunmen riding in sport utility vehicles rumbled by his Nuevo Laredo office. They wait for him to emerge then fire at least 35 times with AR-15 assault rifles before killing him then driving off.

And in less than six hours, this raucous border town sees the execution of a convict, a prison riot, the deadly ambush of a Mexican police officer, and a fiery shootout that ended just yards from the U.S. border and sent bystanders scrambling for cover behind telephone poles and concrete walls. By the time it’s over, two people are dead and seven injured.

"It's not every day that Americans face enemy fire from the other side of the border," says the police chief of Laredo, Texas clutching a .45-caliber pistol, informing Rambo upon his arrival at Laredo's International Airport, following the latest gun battle that erupted nearby. The police chief no longer travels to the Mexican side where he has many relatives. "I fear for my life in Nuevo Laredo,” he laments. “Drug cartels have no respect for law enforcement. They don't care about life."

The warring cartels have launched a battle for Nuevo Laredo and its smuggling routes into Texas. There is a war going on and nobody can control it.

Nuevo Laredo Police Chief Alejandro Dominguez had vowed to fight corruption, assassinated hours after taking office, his successor having resigned after the entire 800-member police force was suspended (temporarily) because of corruption concerns voiced by Mexico's federal government. A force of about 300 officers was reinstated while a search for a permanent chief continues; an appointment could take several weeks. Until then, the police commander and his lieutenant will try to protect the interim chief of police and his assistant with patrols around their homes.

They increasingly are being targeted in an unprecedented surge of violence between warring drug cartels that have redefined life not only here but also across the muddy Rio Grande.

Five Nuevo Laredo police officers were wounded when masked gunmen attacked a seafood restaurant. A few weeks earlier, four Mexican federal agents were assassinated on a busy downtown street.

Besides making this one of the deadliest places in North America, such brazen killings — and the inescapable sense that violence could break out at any moment — have underscored the challenge the U.S. government faces in trying to improve border security and limit the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the U.S. The instability in this city of 330,000 has made the U.S. side of the border increasingly attractive, and not just for Mexicans seeking a better life but also for marijuana, cocaine and heroin traffickers who have begun to set up “safe houses” and “makeshift weapons manufacturing sites” on the American side, Rambo is advised by a top agent in Laredo for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The top agent in Houston oversees the Justice Department's project with Mexican authorities to combat drug and weapons trafficking.

The chaos in Mexico had started to spill over. Consequently, the agency has formed an unusual working relationship with Mexican law enforcement and military authorities to try to curb violence and weapons trafficking.

The violence in the Laredo border area has long been confined largely to the Mexican side, but there are signs that Mexico's problem is increasingly becoming the United States' problem. Laredo police and federal agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the ATF made a startling discovery when they raided a local home: a small assembly line for building improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Agents recovered two IEDs and materials to build about 33 more. In a separate raid just south of downtown Laredo, ATF agents seized several machine guns in a home that was used to make automatic weapons. The ATF's raids and other evidence have led authorities in the USA to believe that drug cartel leaders have begun using Laredo as a safe haven from the fighting on the Mexican side.

Police Commander for Nuevo Laredo is in Laredo, Texas on behalf of his underfunded squad to seek donations of police supplies — body armor, gun belts and uniforms. But beyond a lack of equipment and training in the Mexican police units, border security efforts have been complicated by corruption within Nuevo Laredo's police department. Drug cartels have used cash and intimidation to get protection from local cops—when news of an ambush has taken the lives of five members of his squad,the police commander rushes back to Mexico.

On the Mexican side of the border, Rambo joins the police commander and his weary squad of local officers who have survived the shooting, but it marksed an escalation of violence dubbed by the media as "Deadly Monday."

They stop for a quick lunch near the downtown financial district. But no one eats until an officer cradling his AR-15 rifle is posted at the cafe door. In the shadow of the U.S. border, lunch has become a life-threatening proposition for Nuevo Laredo police. The battle between the "Gulf" and "Sinaloa" drug cartels threatening to disrupt one of the major commerce routes into the United States; the cartels seeking to piggyback loads of drugs and even illegal immigrants onto some of the 6,000 to 7,000 trucks that carry a wide range of merchandise into the United States from Nuevo Laredo each day, drug seizures and detentions of illegal immigrants on the U.S. side of the border rising with arrests of illegal immigrants in the Laredo area on pace to top the 75,330 caught in 2005, seizure of $6.4 million worth of narcotics (2008); posting thousands of National Guard troops along the border to deter illegal immigration near one of the busiest entry points into the United States—with no law enforcement powers.

Suddenly, five members of the police commander’s squad are shot in an ambush at the café—the cartels having enlisted local gang members as enforcers, the Sinaloa cartel being aided by Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), a Central American gang that has a reputation for brutality with a growing presence in the U.S. The Gulf group has been aided by the Zetas, a well-armed Mexican militia.

The cartels are well funded and well armed. But because of the widespread corruption on the Mexican side, it is difficult to trust anyone. One thing about the shootings in Mexico, it seems nobody is ever arrested. The level of fear is very serious and very high. The morale of the people is down. People are afraid to say anything because they fear they could be targeted.

Now...what brings John Rambo into this mix? Well, this should be enough to get Stallone started.

Rambo gets pissed and kills all the 911 truthers in the US. I'd pay good money to see that.

John Rambo ripping out Dylan Avery's throat. Nice.

I didn't have a probblem with rambo VI. But i would still of course love for there to be a part V , but it wouldn't be nessecary or haunt me if they didn't. Part 4 was amazingly awsome and surpassed alot of peoples expectations , there was story , and the violence was actually more intense than any of the other rambo movies , rambo VI is actually my favorite now. Use to be 2 , but like i said they did everything right , the challenge was tougher and they ended it perfectly , with rambo coming back home.....and with the origional music score. What makes people more uneasy is the rocky serie...it's suppose to end with a bang not a whimper. they tried rocky v...but it ends with rocky broke , living on the streets.....that's not how the audience wanted it to end. Even putting the fight in the ring would of boosted the ratings of rocky 5 but the whole thing was bad. they tried to make up for it with rocky VI ( hint it was the only rocky with out an opening scene from the previous movie so people could forget about rocky V ) But the probblem with it is......hardly no insprirational music other than gonna fly , and the fighter in the 6th one is weaker than any of rocky's victims in the franchise. Could rock beat him in his prime ? unquestionably , everyone in the entire audience knew this too....probbly in the first round. to make it worse they ended it the same way as rocky V.....with him still broke other than the resturant he has. How can you have rocky lose if this is supposedly the final film? now what they need to do is make an fighter and not a respected one thats a nice guy trying to make it like in 6 , but a monster. somone that doesn't have any fear in his soul, one thats evil , unlike any fighter rocky has ever steped in the ring with. To keep the continuation of the story running he needs to put mason out of commission before the story starts getting serious. We need another rocky movie that will end this the right way , stallone your works not finished. In the movie world it doesn't matter how old you are , it doesn't have a time limit....it doesn't have to be realistic , it just has to end the right way!


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