- Rambo: Last Blood review by TH
I've seen a couple of the Rambo films. This one was quite passable. It goes a long at a decent pace and doesn't need your whole attention. Is it likely to win awards, probably not. However, it does what it sets out to do. Watch once sort of movie.
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- Rambo: Last Blood review by PC
One star is being kind to this appallingly bad film. Its an insult to First Blood. Stallone should be truly ashamed. Badly scripted, characters with no depth at all, xenophobic in the extreme, a plot that makes no sense other than to set up a very bloody finale, it feels like the film was written in reverse.
Some years ago porn film producers realised they didn’t need 60 minutes of bad acting to fill out their films, they could just cut to the chase, thus ended the porn film industry. One day Stallone might realise he can do the same and then viewers wont have to suffer the rubbish he produces whilst waiting for the action gratification they came for.
Somehow I knew it was going to be bad but thought it would be worth finding out... I was wrong.
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Despite a great opening, this film is vile in so many ways
- Rambo: Last Blood review by TB
Whilst I have not seen the first three John Rambo films, I had seen Rambo many years ago, mainly because some of my friends who had seen it thought it was so stupidly violent that it almost became satirical. And when watching it myself, several times I did laugh, as it was like watching a computer game re-enactment with gallons of “tomato soup” style blood spraying about everywhere. One of the only positives about Rambo (the film) was the light that it shone on the horrific genocide that was happening in Burma/Myanmar.
I knew a little about Rambo as a character, in terms of his PTSD and flashbacks, as well as the severe trauma he dealt with which shone a light onto the very real issues faced by many members of the armed forces. But as well as this very real side, I was also aware that Rambo was a by-word for gratuitous violence, wooden acting and the “American” warrior stereotype. Unfortunately, this does not change in Rambo: Last Blood at all, instead introducing many much worse new things into the mix.
The most frustrating thing about Rambo: Last Blood is that, unlike a lot of people, I thought the opening 20 minutes was really good. The PTSD element of Rambo’s character was explored quite profoundly, and as has been pointed out by many people, when Stallone is given the right material, he is an extremely good actor. I totally bought into the difficulty and mental torture the character was going through and how despite his best efforts, these horrors stayed with him. The horse-riding scenes were also well-shot and there was a very good foundation set in the beginning. Unfortunately it then nose-dived.
I won’t talk in detail about the plot, but what started as a good film then just becomes the most bigoted, racist and xenophobic piece of work I’ve seen in years. Almost anyone who isn’t American/close with Rambo at the beginning of the film is shown as being evil and violent, one scene in particular set in a brothel is simply there to keep ratcheting up the message that these people (in this case Mexican characters) are human vermin who do horrible things to defenceless young women; and in the final showdown, which is basically an 18 rated version of the Home Alone traps and designed to be the pay-off, instead just leaves you in no doubt about just how rancid the messages in this film are.
The final thing to mention is that David Morrell, who wrote the original Rambo novel, after seeing this movie, totally disowned the Rambo film franchise, stating “I felt degraded and dehumanized after I left the theatre. Instead of being soulful, this new movie lacks one.”
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