Rambo: Last Blood
Rambo: Last Blood is a 2019 action film directed by Adrian Grünberg and written by Sylvester Stallone, Dan Gordon, and Matthew Cirulnick. It stars Stallone, Paz Vegas, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adrianna Barraza, Yvette Monreal, Joaquin Cosio, and Oscar Jaenada.
Eleven years after the battle of Burma, A Vietnam war John Rambo's peaceful life is interrupted when Gabriela, his friend's granddaughter, disappears in Mexico, and Rambo must come out of retirement to confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact vengeance on a final mission.
- Just like A Good Day to Die Hard, it is completely unnecessary, mainly because of the fact that the previous film already felt like the fantastic ending to the franchise, as John Rambo had finally made his way back home in Bowie, Arizona.
- The plot is clichéd and unoriginal.
- It is basically a rehash of the previous film but with different locations and villains, and is also essentially a Mexican version of Taken.
- The pacing is very slow which is inexcusable for an action film.
- Very subpar special effects that are a huge downgrade from the previous four movies, especially during the flood scene.
- Hugo Martinez and the Mexican drug cartel are really unconvincing villains.
- The supporting characters are all flat and forgettable, such as Gabrielle Beltran, who is an extremely unlikable character who wants to go to Mexico to see her father and completely ignores Rambo's warning, which is not to go to Mexico.
- The moral questions of war present in the previous films are absent here.
- The soundtrack, while well-done and performed by Brian Tyler, occasionally recycles cues from the previous film.
- Numerous moments that can make it feel like an unintentional comedy.
- Poor cinematography that makes it feel more like a straight-to-video film.
- Not great direction by Adrian Grunberg.
- Sylvester Stallone still gives a good performance as John Rambo, despite the bad script he was given.
- Good action sequences during the climax.
- The ending wasn't too bad, with a montage of memorable scenes from the previous four films were shown in the flashback.
- The soundtrack is well-done despite having the criticism as mentioned above.
- The underground tunnel battle is fun to watch.
- As mentioned above, there are unintentionally funny moments.
Rambo: Last Blood received negative reviews from critics with criticisms aimed at the script, pacing, graphic violence, and accusations of racist and xenophobic attitudes toward Mexico. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 26% and an average rating of 3.97/10, based on 170 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Like the sequels that preceded it, Rambo: Last Blood is content to indulge in bloody violence at the expense of its main character's once-poignant story.". Metacritic said the film received "generally unfavorable reviews", with an overall weighted average of 26/100, based on 31 critics.
Despite the negative reviews, it received generally positive reviews from the audience with an approval rating of 81%. While some fans claim that the movie was another great installment in the franchise, others dismiss it as an unwanted and disappointing installment.
Rambo: Last Blood went on to gross $91.5 million worldwide against its $50 million budget making it a box office disappointment.
Awards and Nominations
The film was nominated for eight Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, but lost all to Cats.
- David Morrell, the writer of First Blood, was not happy with the film, calling it a "mess".