Rambo (2008) - full transcript

Vietnam veteran John Rambo has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand, where he spends his time capturing snakes for local entertainers, and chauffeuring locals in his old PT boat. Even though he is looking to avoid trouble, trouble has a way of finding him: a group of Christian human rights missionaries, led by Michael Burnett and Sarah Miller, approach Rambo with the desire to rent his boat to travel up the river to Burma. For over fifty years, Burma has been a war zone. The Karen people of the region, who consist of peasants and farmers, have endured brutally oppressive rule from the murderous Burmese military and have been struggling for survival every single day. After some inner contemplation, Rambo accepts the offer and takes Michael, Sarah, and the rest of the missionaries up the river. When the missionaries finally arrive at the Karen village, they find themselves part of a raid by the sadistic Major Pa Tee Tint and a slew of Burmese army men. A portion of the villagers and missionaries are tortured and viciously murdered, while Tint and his men hold the remainder captive. Concerned by their disappearance, the minister in charge of the mission gathers a group of mercenaries and pleas Rambo transport them with his boat, since he knows their last exact location. But Rambo can't stay behind: he joins the team where he belongs, to liberate the survivors from the clutches of Major Tint in what may be one of his deadliest missions ever

Which was something
they had never seen...

which liberated a yellow,
very pungent and acrid vapor.

The actions of the hard line
military regime are the cause...

of increasing international concern.
The regime crushes all dissent.

Ethnic groups are being oppressed
in the East of the country...

and foreign journalists
are rarely...

Tonight that some form of chemical
weapon has been used in Burma...

-by military rule...
-...Has led the national uprising.

Thousands took the streets
and thousands were killed in Burma.

Many peaceful protesting monks
have been killed, some burned alive...

and others drowned. Foreign journalists
have been shot and killed.

As thousands of villages
have been destroyed.

Rape and torture
are a daily occurrence.

In Burma, there are more landmines
than anywhere in the world.

Young men are beaten and forced into
the Army. Many as young as 12 years old.

Beheadings and mutilations
are commonplace.

The Karen people, comprised mostly
of poor Christian farmers...

have been singled out
for extermination.

Military government wants the abundant
natural resources on Karen land.

The bloody Burmese military campaign
against the Karen people...

has been going on
for almost sixty years.

The longest running civil war
in the world.

Okay, the first man here
is the number one in Thailand.

He is very, very dangerous,
number one.

Two snake that you see...

that are snake cobra
or common cobra.

It is not Kin Cobra
and not Spittin Cobra.

Hey, he!!-

Where have you been?
Give him the ba.

We need another Python.
See what you can do.

We have enough Cobras, okay'?

Fuck off, okay?

The next one, number two...

still have venom
and still have poison.

He is Thailand's number one.

King Cobra, number two.

They're called Spitting Cobra
because they spit poison to your eye.

One hour.

He is very, very dangerous.
Number one in Thailand.

Careful, my friend.

Looks like danerous work.

I'm Michael Burnett.
Do you have some time to talk?

It won't take Ion, I promise.

I was told it miht be possible to rent
your boat. We'd like to do that.

Is that possible?
We need to et upriver.

- Where you oin?
-lnto Burma.

Burma's a war zone.

Well, that's what people call it,
but it's more like enocide than war.

Anyway, this will be my fifth trip in,
so, we are aware of all the risks.

I don't o that far North.

Let me explain our situation.

Our church is part of a
Pan-Asian Ministry, located in Colorado.

We're all volunteers,
who around this time of year...

brin in medical supplies,
medical attention...

prayer books and support
for the Karen tribes people.

People say you know
the river better than anyone.

- Well they lied.
-So what I'm askin...

is that we compensate you
for a few hours of your time...

that will help chane
people's lives.

- Are you brinin in any weapons?
-Of course not.

You're not chanin anythin.


It's... it's thinkin like that,
that keeps the world the way it is.

Fuck the world.

- Let's o.

He's not interested.
Let's... let's just o.

- Let me try.
-Look, Sarah. I don't...

Didn't you say it's the only way
up there?

- I know I did. But I've already told...
-No, wait, then what do we have to lose?

- I talked to the man and...
-Just let me try, Michael.

- Sarah?


I'm Sarah Miller. I hope you
don't mind me comin back here.

- Uh, the man that you were talkin to...
-I wasn't talkin to anybody.

All riht, the man
that was talkin to you...

asked if we could hire you
to take us up the river.

- You said no. Why?
-Can't help you out.

Well, if you have ood reasons,
would you mind if I heard them?

Go home.

Please, not my son!

These boys are now our soldiers!

They belon to me now!

If you try to et them back,
your whole villae will burn!

If you ask the Karen Rebels for help,
I will cut out your tonues!

If you o aainst me
I will feed you... your intestines!

Hear me, believe me and fear me!

Why'd you come back?

Waiting for you.

I told you before,
I can't help you.

We need to o and help these people.
We're here to make a difference.

We believe all lives are special.

- Some lives, some no.

If everyone thouht like you,
nothin would ever chane.

- Nothin does chane.
-Of course it does!

Nothin stays the same.

Live your life,
because you ot a ood one.

It's what I'm tryin to do.

No, what you're tryin to do
is chane what is.

And what is?

Go home.

Really. Go home.

Maybe, maybe you've lost
your faith in people.

But you must still be
faithful to somethin.

You must still care about somethin.

Maybe we can't chane what is.

But tryin to save a life
isn't wastin your life, is it?

As bad as these people are,
they will eventually lose.

They can't keep it up aainst
a united front. They can't.

I mean, time alone
will only tell, but...

in the meantime, we just have
to help hold it toether.

I mean, just the other day I read...
Excuse me. Sarah?

Where are you going'?

- To talk to him.
-Well, he probably wants his privacy.

Michael, you shouldn't inore him.
He's helpin us.

- He's been paid.
-He didn't take anythin.

Thank you, aain, for doin this.
Really, from all of us.

You know,
you never told us your name.


Where are you from?

Bowie, Arizona.

Why'd you leave?

I ot drafted in Nam.

And you just stayed?

It's complicated.

Do you have family back home?

Father maybe, I don't know.

Aren't you curious to see how thins
miht have chaned back home?

Got to have a reason for that.


Because of you,
we're oin upriver.

Any time you want to turn around,
it's done.


What is it?
Who are they?

Burmese pirates. Tell everyone
to stay down. Don't make a sound.

- Who are they?
-it's all riht, it's all riht, just keep...

Don't talk!

- Any more of them?
-Maybe. What do you want to do?

We should keep oin.
We made a commitment.

I ain't talkin to you.
What do you wanna do?

We're a roup here.
If they wanna vote, we'll vote.

- Sit down!
-If it's money they want, we'll can...

Nobody talks. Heads down.

Keep your heads down and nobody look
them in the eye or they'll kill you.

You have Iihts!
Turn them on!

I want to see you fuckin fools.
Do it!

This part of the river
belons to us.

You try to o past?

We could kill you riht now.

- Why didn't you respect us?
-I respect you.

We want what you have
on the shit boat!

Where are you white fools oin?

- To brin medicine to the sick.
-Look here.

Is that a woman?
Brin her here! Brin her!

Take what you want
and leave her alone!

You shut up!

You brin her!

We'll pay you.

I know you will.
Brin her here!

- We'll pay you all we have.
-Fuck you!

Get up!
Get up, whore!


What did you do?

We came here
to help stop the killin!

- Who are you to take...
-Who are you?

- Let him o!
-They would've raped her fifty times...

and cut your fucking heads o“.

Who are you?

Who are any of you?

We're oin back!


No, we shouldn't o back.

- Let o.
-What are you doin?

We are so close!

What would happen here...

it's horrible.

But the people in there
are bein killed like this everyday.

Michael! This was your idea!

We made a commitment.

I know you don't believe
in what we're doin...

but it's our life.
Our choice.

You're not gonna change anythmg.


Please, John.

Go sit down.

It's alriht.

We'll be takin the overland route
on the way back...

so there's no need to wait around.

I have to report this. I know
you think what you did was riht...

but takin a life is never riht.

I don't know what to say.

Maybe you shouldn't say anythin,
should you?

Good luck.



With power, throuh his spirit,
in your inner bein...

so Christ may dwell
in your hearts with faith.

And I pray.

You may have power toether
with all of us.

Well, let me see if I can fix
this little problem, okay?

Hey you.

Hand me one of those bandages'?


Thank you.


- Get outta here!
-What about them?

Go on, I'll take them!


Come in here, calling Raven.

Come on, Raven.

What am I?

You made me this way?

A full-blooded combat soldier.

You just don't turn it off.

Talk to me, Johnny.

You just don't turn it off!

- It's over.
-Nothing is over!

When are you gonna come
full circle?

- I know the reasons you're here, John.

Aren't you curious to see how thins
miht have chaned back home?

Haven't you done enough damage'?

You're always gonna be tearing away
at yourself...

until you come to terms
with what you are.

Until you come full-circle.

- So you're just gonna stay here forever?

I wanna go home, I wanna go home.

John Rambo!


John Rambo?

My name is Arthur Marsh...

pastor of the Christchurch
in Colorado.

I need to talk with you.

It's very important. I wouldn't have
come here like this if it wasn't.

The monfmg oi the day
the group Mt...

Michael Burnett notified me that
they were travelin from this location.

- What happened?
-No one knows, exactly.

They were supposed to return
ten days ago, but they never came back.

I requested help from the Embassy,
but they can't help.

Not in Burma.
And not in time.

How do you know they're alive?

Because we've been in contact
with the Karen Freedom Fihters...

who say they think they know
where they were taken.

And I was iven the name
of an ex-military American local...

from the Embassy
who put me in touch with men

who say they have experience
in this part of the world.



I don't have any other choice.

You know the exact spot.
We need you to take these men...

to where you let our people off.

When are they ready to leave?

When you are.

You know what you are.

What you're made of.

War is in your blood.

Don't fight it.

You didn't kill for your country.

You killed for yourself.

God's never gonna make
that go away.

When you're pushed...

killing's as easy as breathing.

My head was mangled
And my words were torn

Covered in blood
Like a newly born

Hey, the wishing well

Sing it soft and low

I stayed for a while
In the hollow sound

The only water came up
From the ground

Look at this fuckin place.
Only a fuckin ape would live here.

What the fuck am I doin here?


Knock that shit off!

- And you don't like the arts.
-And you don't like shit.

I like your sister, Diaz.

She got a thing for retards.

Hey, boat man.

How much loner
on this ancient piece of shit?

So what did the Reverend
say to you?

Some shit about folks oin missin.
I said to him, "Look, mate.

That's what you et when you o
trespassin into fuckin Burma.

That's what you et when you o
sniffin around other people's arbae.

You know those enerals in there
make millions crankin out meth...

more than any other place
on the fuckin planet.

- Bullshit.
-Millions, moron.

How do you think they pay
for that shit army?

Yeah, try readin the paper, redneck,
instead of sleepin under it.

Fuckin enerals,
biest junkies of all of them.

-It's noble, Lewis.
-You what?

Those people oin in there with
no weapons. Just books and meds.

-It's noble.
-Hey. Schoolboy.

You stick your noble nose into other
people's business, you et fucked up...

or you get dead.

The only reason I'm doin this
is for an ex-wife and three kids.

And after this shit is over, you can
shove that soldierin riht up your ass.

- Try the decaf, mate.
-Fuck off.

And you. I don't wanna fuckin die
of old ae before I et there. So move.

You say something'?

Sing it to yourself
Sing it all night

Spent a lotta time
In the garbage can

Fighting over food
With the garbage man

Hey, the wishing well

Brin that one out to the pis.

I was digging a well

With an old blood stain

Poking around
With a blind man's cane

Is it me?

Or does the air this time of year
smell like a oddamn wet do?

Fuck sake,
I could swim faster than this.

- Am I riht?
-Heard that.

Come on, chop, chop.

The quicker we et there,
the quicker we et back.

Those God Squalors.

They come over here,
spoutin all that shit.

And they expect the whole world to work
like their fuckin neihborhood.

Well, it doesn't.

So they send in a devil...

to do God's work.
It's ironic, isn't it?

Am I borin you, mate?

Or is it... is it the trip?
Has it ot you nervous?

Because really you should appreciate
the action, you know what I mean?

It's otta be better than Iookin
at the ass end of a snake.

Oh dear.

You really are an uptiht bastard,
aren't you? bastard, aren't you?

You can drop that act
with the eye stare.

I've seen it all before.

And I'm not impressed.

He's old school SAS.

The first rate soldiers
who've been told they're maniacs.

They call me Schoolboy.

The name stuck with me
since sniper school.

And me mates won't stop callin me
no matter how many people I shoot.

He still waits patiently
But time is a snake

What do you want from us?

One man and a KM.
You gotta be iuchng 'pkmg.

- Is this all the rebels they've put up?
-I'm not Iikin it.

We're in the fuckin junle,
so there's nothin to like.

How you're doing'?

My name is Myint.
This is Tha.

- Is this it?

- What's up with the kid, man?
-He's ood tracker.

We don't need a tracker.
We need a fuckin uide.

You know the exact location,

Ten kilometers west,
to north, six tall walk.

- How many soldiers?
-Hundred, maybe.

- Hundred?
-Yeah, what'd he say?

More new soldiers come tomorrow.

I know I'm just a white trash runt,
but I can count.

- Fuck fuckin with a hundred stron...
-All riht, all riht, all riht.

Let's get thts straight.

We don't enae anybody.
If we can extract these people, ood.

But it's in and out, clean,
or we fuck off.

Somebody wanna tell me
what the boatman's doin?

What? Why aren't you waitin
with the boat?

My men are stayin with the boat.

You're the boatman.
You stay with the boat.

- I won't slow you down.
-Yeah, I know you won't.

-It's not a fuckin nature hike.
-Believe that.

- He could han with me at the back.
-Hey, hey. He stays here.

He's the boatman.
He stays with the fuckin boat.

I want a white man on it,
not some fuckin dink.

- Now who's ot explosives? Tombstone?

- Round of C4 and primer.
-I ot a Claymore.

All riht.

Let's et on with it.

Come on, move. Move!

What the fuck is that?

Called Tallboy Bomb.

Enlish dumped in World War Two.

Your people. Taken from here.

Man, I have seen some shit.

Brother, I ain't never seen
no shit like this.


Check it out.

Armies come. Kill everythin.
Leave our dead here as warnin.

Tha? Go home.

You've seen enough.

Mines everywhere.

Watch where you waking.

- All riht, let's move on.
-To what?

They even killed the fuckin dos.

- Those people are dead.
-I'm with En-Joo.

We'll at least have to o
and have a look-see.

- Check it out.
-I'm with you. Let's check it out.

- Check what? They're a hundred stron!
-Hey, we took the man's money!

Hey, hey, hey.
Just calm down. Calm down.

We o then.
And we see what's what.

If anythin's wron...

anythin at all...

we leave.

All riht?


- All riht.

- Which way?
-This way.

Army! Go! Go!

- I'm oin to fire on them.

If they don't make it back to wherever
the hell they came from...

man, they're onto us.

You hold the money.
I bet the one on the end.

What the tuck are they doing, man'?

- How Ion before they o missin?
-Three hours. Maybe four.

- Who are you, boatman?
-Let's move.

Move'? They're gonna come hunfing our
asses down when these guys dent show up.

We don't need this shit.
We're oin back to the boat. Let's o.

-Hey, hey, hey!

If any of you boys wanna shoot...

now's the time.

And there isn't one of us
that doesn't wanna be someplace else.

But this is what we do.

Who we are.

Live for nothin.

Or die for somethin.

Your call.

What's your call?

Let's move.

Come on.

When Schoolboy's on the tower,
we ot fifteen minutes.

Set our watches to one forty-five.

In, out,
no waitin around for nobody.

We'll meet
at the base of the tower.

If he don't make it up there,
we're fucked.

He will, people.
All set?

- Yeah.

We're in.





Don't talk, hear me out!

- Where's the irl?
-She's over there.

You untie him.
We'll be back for you.


There are two of them in the cae.
Near the pis. Get them.

Got it.

- Come on, come on!
-Where's Sarah? Sarah? Come on.


Please, no, no!

- Let's move!
-Where's the boatman?

And Sarah.

Fifteen minutes, that's the deal.
We're Ieavin.

- Let's o.
-Five more minutes.

- Bullshit!
-He knew the deal.

Hey, we came toether,
we fuckin leave toether!

- Your life. Let's o.
-Not without her!

God didn't save your life, we did.
Now fuckin et up.

Get up. Move!

This way.

- You ot a compass?

- Why'd you come back?
-Why did you?

- An hour till dayliht.
-This way.

- My Ie, my Ie! Jesus, oddamn it!
-Hold still.

Shut up, shut up, we got you.
We're getfimg you out.

- Oh shit.
-His Ie is shredded.

- Oh shit.
-Where's the uide?

- That son of a bitch is one.
-Fuck him, I know the coordinates.

We're not makin it to the river
with him.

Will you shut the fuck up?
Come on, untie his Ie.

- Take off his boot.

Leave his boot on.

Let us in here, we're doctors.
I need a knife.

Here, here, here.

Fuck, fuck, fuck.

- Is he onna make it?
-I don't know. Make a stretcher.

Spread out!

Take the point.

Take it. Take it.

You hear that?

They're tracking us.

- Turn around.
-What are you doin?

- Just move.

Turn, turn.

I want you two, to head Southeast of
the river. And the boat will be waitin.

If it's not there,
you keep followin the shoreline.

- Till I find you.
-What about you?

I'll be all riht.
Give me that Claymore.

- Now fire off a shot.

Fire off a shot!

Go! Go!

- Come on!
-Come on!

- Move it! Move it!
-Let's o.

- All riht. Lets take it.
-Grab it! Grab it!

Let's move!

- Get down, et down, et down.
-What? What is it? What?

Son of a bitch!

- Look.
-What is it?

Oh, God.

God damn it!

You utless fuck!

You fucking gufless shits.

Gutless fuck!

Have another o at me,
you lady boy cunt!

Come on you,
fuckin have a o at me!

Fuck! You fuckin.
Release everyone! Fuckin!


We did nothin!
We did...

Oh God.

You fuckin utless!

What do we do?

Nothin we can do.

The Karen Rebels.












Oh my God.

It's okay.

It's okay.

- We'll help them. You okay?
-it's all riht.