RAMBO: LAST BLOOD
a film by Adrian
Grunberg released through Lionsgate in 2019
distinguishing characteristic of Rambo: Last Blood? It's one
of the most disappointing movies of all time. After four solid
entries, Stallone should have known better. Based on its troubled
production history, he leapt at the chance to revisit the character
before he got too old, without thinking through the harm that could
result. John Rambo finally came home at the end of the fourth
movie. But there is no closure. We lose the on-going
tension between Rambo loving his country, but feeling alienated from
it; now the focus is on family. So when his niece is captured
by Mexican drug lords we end up with a slap-dash mélange of
Patriot Games and, yes, Home Alone. Still, there
are some great moments as Rambo plays detective and finds the
necessary leverage on unwary slime.
While the body count may be lower, the violence reaches even higher
levels of gruesomeness. Maybe—just maybe—these guys deserve it.
But should we be reveling in it? If we are, is that bad? And if
we are not...then do we really have a hero to cheer anymore?
This one is for die-hard fans with a strong stomach.