Almost four decades after he 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.
What We Thought:
Rambo: Last Blood didn’t screen for press in Boston so I missed it at theaters. I was pumped when a Blu-ray came my way. I had rewatched the first 3 films at the end of last year when the 4Ks came my way and rewatched the 2008 Rambo flick about 2 weeks ago to remind myself of how that ended to get ready for Last Blood. That ends with John returning to his family farm and that’s where Last Blood picks up.
You see an aged John taking care of horses. A young Spanish girl lives with him and her grandmother. She’s not Rambo’s kid, but he treats her like she is. Her father had left her as a child and she tracks him to Mexico. There things go wrong and John must go retrieve her. When things go really wrong, Rambo must turn to his old skill set to get revenge on people who have done him wrong.
The story isn’t overly original, but let’s be honest, have we ever watched a Rambo movie for the plot? No, we watch for the action and wow is there action. It starts out a bit slow, but once Rambo has to be Rambo there is some fantastic violence. The series (after the first film) has been known for its action/violence and this turns down some of the over the top explosions for more personal violence. It’s not exactly John Wick, but John Rambo kills guys with hammers, knives, and other items. He even takes a beating himself from a large group.
Then the third act kicks in and I was sold. The violence more than doubles as Rambo goes Kevin McCallister and booby traps his ranch. Sly Stallone at his age might not be able to do what Keanu Reeves does in the John Wick flicks, but this third act was a beautiful thing for us fans of Stallone. There are some amazing kills and I even clapped alone in a room watching it.
Rambo: Last Blood is a good way to close out the franchise. Stallone can still handle most of what he’s doing, but at his age I guess it is time to shut down the series. I liked it especially the third act. If you are a fan of the franchise, this film is…
- “Drawing Last Blood: Multipart Production Diary” Featurette
- “From First Note to Last Blood: Music for the Massacres” Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer