Just today I read the horrifying story of a couple who met and felt an overwhelming attraction to one another. Both were adopted and this only made them feel they were kindred spirits and marriage quickly followed. I think you can see where this is headed, it turned out that they were in fact twins, separated at birth their true parentage never revealed to them until after what is certainly now an unforgettable wedding night. The moral of the story here is twofold; 1. Background checks are NOT an invasion of privacy, imagine doinking your sibling and 2. Keeping back information always leads to trouble.

So it is with great dismay we read that Sylvesters Stallone’s contemporary, thoughtful war drama (subtle and cuttingly sarcastic raised eyebrow must be imagined) Rambo will not be screened to the press. Those members of the press who have seen it have signed non-disclosure agreements to prevent any information leaking out. To be fair it’s always more fun to watch amusing scenes (intentional or otherwise) rather than hear about them.

So what does this actually mean? Well for the uninitiated, refusing to allow the press a screening prevents reviews in advance of the films release. The only likely reason for this is if the studio has little to no confidence in the picture and hopes that a sufficient amount of money has been taken in the opening week before bad reviews get into circulation. Estimates put Rambo’s budget at around $50 million and it will presumably receive an R-rating, which puts its estimated takings are somewhere between $100 million and $200 million. in terms of good business sense this move may actually result in the film covering itself but damn, this is supposed to be about art not money.

Rocky Balboa was good, I don’t care what anyone says. It was handled with care, didn’t present a particularly unlikely premise and for the most part gave fans what they wanted therefore I enjoyed it. Rambo is a different beast and whether Stallone is going to be able to produce the same with such a radically different character remains to be seen. All I can say with certainty is this; I won’t be marrying ANYONE without a valid birth certificate stapled to their forehead.

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