So, it seems there's a new Rambo movie in the works.
(OK, I'll pause for a moment while we get our 80s jokes out of the way. And while we all recite "I'm your worst nightmare" in our best Sylvester Stallone impressions.)
Maybe I'm reading way too much into this, but what words jump out at you from this synopsis of the film?
In the new movie Rambo finds himself recruited by a group of Christian human rights missionaries to protect them against pirates, during a humanitarian aid delivery to the persecuted Karen people of Burma.
Christian? Missionaries? Well, Stallone did pitch Rocky Balboa as a Christian-themed film. Is Rambo getting the faith-based treatment as well? Here's a bit from an interview with Stallone on Rambo IV which seems to confirm it:
Speaking about the fourth installment of the “Rambo” series, which Stallone is co-producing, directing, and acting in, “Sly” notes that his protagonist (John Rambo), “is a borderline atheist. He doesn’t believe in anything anymore.”
However, Rambo’s mission in this movement, Stallone continued, “is to bring a group of Christians upriver into a very hostile territory, and they’re there to bring the Word of God and medicine and dentistry to these natives. He starts getting influenced by their faith in the face of such incredible odds.” [...]
“Here’s how it is. I believe that you can have a Christian theme but you can’t hit it too heavy. You can’t hit ‘em over the head with a hammer. You have to be subtle about it,” he concluded.
I'm not so sure that "subtle" and "Rambo" are two words that go together all that well. But stranger things have happened. If the church can open its arms to a brutal persecutor of Christians and a cheating tax collector, I suppose it can also make room for an embittered, shirtless mercenary superwarrior...
[Image from this article about the upcoming Rambo flick.]