Almost four decades after they drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD marks the last chapter of the legendary series.
*Warning: Here be spoilers*
As I sat in the cinema waiting for Rambo to begin, I was given a trailer for the next instalment in the Bad Boys franchise as well as a trailer for the next Terminator movie – What decade is this??
No, I haven’t been transported back to the late eighties or early nineties, it IS still 2019, yet here I am, about to view a new instalment in the Rambo saga.
I grew up on a steady diet of Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van Damme and Seagal and the over the top action adventure films that they made, and while each of them has been my favourite at one time or another, Stallone has always been the most consistent in my books. There’s been a couple of shockers, but the majority of his work is extremely enjoyable, and worthy of multiple viewings – and it’s not often that an actor becomes synonymous with two major franchise characters (Rocky Balboa and John Rambo). The only other actor that springs to mind is Harrison Ford (Han Solo and Indiana Jones).
As I stated before, it’s currently 2019, so do we NEED another Rambo movie? No. Do we WANT another Rambo movie? Probably not. But it’s here regardless, so I’ll take it.
The majority of the dialogue is average at best, the plot is relatively thin, and certainly predictable, there is very little in the way of supporting cast – definitely no “name value” other than that of Stallone himself, but with all that said, I really liked the movie.
Visibly older, John Rambo is now running his fathers ranch, living a quiet and peaceful life – at least on the surface. Old habits die hard though, and although Rambo has found a family, he is still extremely untrusting of the outside world, haunted by his past and living with PTSD. We see that our hero spends his free time making knives, and digging a series of elaborate tunnels on his property, in just a touch (Sarcasm intended!) of foreshadowing.
When Johns “niece” travels to Mexico to find her father, and unwittingly becomes the prisoner of the Martinez brothers, Rambo crosses the border to track her down, stumbling across a human trafficking ring in the process. Predictably, tragedy strikes, and Rambo must exact revenge.
After a montage of traps being set, and guns and weapons being strategically placed throughout his tunnel system, Rambo heads back in to Mexico and baits the baddies to come and find him. Not knowing what they could possibly be walking into, they oblige.
The ensuing carnage is vintage John Rambo. The bad guys never stood a chance. But our hero is not left unscathed, and so the question remains – did he ride off into the sunset to fight another day, or did he ride off to die a heroes death?
We may never know for sure, but something tells me that if Last Blood is successful enough, we’ll find out the answer.