In 1980s Britain, when young Will Proudfoot, raised in isolation among The Brethren, a puritanical religious sect in which music and TV are strictly forbidden, encounters something beyond his wildest fantasies: a pirated copy of RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD, his virgin viewing of the iconic thriller blows his mind – and rapidly expanding imagination – wide open. Now, Will sets out to join forces with the seemingly diabolical school bully, Lee Carter, to make their own action epic, devising wildly creative, on-the-fly stunts, not to mention equally elaborate schemes for creating a movie of total commitment and non-stop thrills while hiding out from The Brethren. But when school popularity finally descends on Will and Lee in the form of, oui, the super-cool French exchange student, Didier Revol, their remarkable new friendship and precious film are pushed, quite literally, to the breaking point .
This is a drama, spoof, fantasy, tragedy, comedy that bounces around religion, 80's pop culture, friendship, family (and the lack there of), death, and imagination with absolutely no regard for the audience. I had no idea where the movie was headed until the end... and by that time I just didn't care.
Throughout the movie, Will peforms stunts like falling out of a very tall tree, being blown off of a garbage heap by a strong burst of water, having a ceramic cat shot off the top of his head with a crossbow, and flying head first from a jeep into a wall, landing in a pool of oil and getting trapped by the debris that lands on him. He walks away from all of this with nothing but a few scratches and bruises. His overly religious mother has no idea what he is doing in his spare time. For some reason, all of a sudden, she is permitting him to miss prayer meetings without asking for explanations as to where he is going or why he is getting injured.
It felt like they made a movie, edited out 2 hours of footage and put the deleted scenes together to make Son of Rambow. The movie that they extracted the scenes from probably would have been good, I think I'd like to see that movie.
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