I grew up thinking Rambo (and Stallone in general) was so badass. I loved the movies, and the game for Sega, and I would always pretend I was Rambo when I was running around with a toy gun. I must admit, my parents let me watch stuff I never would let my kid watch, but hey the 80s were a different time.
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The Movie Review
I was so excited when Rambo came out in 2008! Rambo 2008 was a tremendous action movie and it was great to see how Rambo had moved on since the events of Rambo III. It took forever, but we would eventually get a sequel in 2019s Rambo: Last Blood which is directed by Adrian Grunberg who also wrote the script along with Stallone himself.
Now, I thought that Rambo 2008 had brought the Rambo character and series full circle and I was sure that was that…. And I kind of wish it was. Look, I will always watch anything that Stallone is in, but Rambo: Last Blood feels like a real cash grab of a movie, a movie that simply does not need to exist in my opinion and this is coming from a massive fan of the character and the actor!
I do think that the plot of the movie has some potential. After the war John Rambo fought in Rambo in 2008, he is living on a ranch in Arizona and he has a good life. His old friend whom he manages the farm with Maria has a granddaughter Gabriel who lives with them. Gabriel is pretty fiery and she finds out that her estranged father lives in Mexico.
Against the advice of John and her grandmother, Gabriel travels to Mexico to confront her father. Things go horribly wrong for Gabriel in Mexico and she ends up falling into a messy situation thanks to Hugo and Victor Martinez, two brothers and two heads of a massive Mexica drug cartel.
Rambo is worried about what has happened to Gabriel in Mexico as no one has heard from her. Rambo travels to Mexico to find out what has happened to Gabriel and ends up thrust into one last mission, but this mission is very personal and a revenge-filled mission after what happened to Gabriel.
Once again, Stallone is awesome as Rambo, and seeing him kicking ass, making all kinds of traps, and killing bad guys is fun. However, there is not much substance to the overall story here at all. I think the main problem that I have with the movie is that Rambo 2008 was a fantastic action movie, but it also did a lot to make you care more for the character of John Rambo.
I feel with Rambo: Last Blood, they took a step back from what they did with Rambo 2008 and instead, we get a kind of brainless action movie. I am not saying it sucks or anything like that, but I think it is a bit of a poor way for this iconic action hero to come to an end. I do wonder if the reaction to this movie being less than great may make Stallone want to take another stab at making one last awesome Rambo movie. Even with this not being great, I would not be against that!
- Rambo is still an iconic action hero after all these years
- There is a lot of badass action in the movie
- It can be a fun “turn your brain off” dumb action movie in some ways
- It could lead to Stallone wanting to make a better Rambo movie!
- This is pretty much a huge letdown after Rambo 2008
- There is no soul or substance to the story being told here, it feels very generic in pretty much every way