Mindful violence? Responses to the Rambo series' shifting aesthetic of aggression

Jones, Steve (2012) Mindful violence? Responses to the Rambo series' shifting aesthetic of aggression. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 10 (4). pp. 464-479. ISSN 1740-0309

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17400309.2012.717487

Abstract

Rambo (2008) marked the return of Sylvester Stallone's iconic action hero. What is most striking about the fourth film (as the response from reviewers testifies), is its graphic violence. My intention here is to critically engage with Rambo (2008) as rewriting the series' established aesthetic of violence. My overarching aim is to highlight how the popular press has sought to read the 2008 version of Rambo according to the discursive narratives surrounding Stallone's 1980s action films. The negative response to Rambo, I argue, stems from relying on critical patterns that do not fit the film itself.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online ahead of print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sylvester Stallone, Rambo, reception, violence
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: Steve Jones
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 09:37
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2017 20:38
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10441

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