Posted Sep 23 2019

Rambo Last Blood - This Fifth Time Around Movie Rocks Some Moments

Dir: Adrian Grunberg

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal, Louis Mandylor

Well, it’s no Rambo 4! Having redeemed his second iconic role with the unexpectedly energetic – and deeply violent – fourquel (not a word, we know!), Sly drags his deeply PTSD’d vet out for yet one more run (so he says) about the block. The good news is he retains the ultra-violence – which is befitting here. The bad news is, there isn’t much else to write home about.

This is the first Rambo movie that isn’t a war story – so, by default, it becomes a character piece, as “Uncle” John is now looking after his “niece” who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a Mexican sex trafficking world, which has the misfortune of becoming a very Trump-ian view of life south of the border. Not that Rambo movies haven’t viewed the world in such simplistic, isolationist terms before – but really, now? – is this the time?

The answer of course is no.

But there are two things that come close to redeeming this movie. The first is its last twenty minutes – which are just all-out brutal in a way we just don’t see much any more. It’s like Death Wish – the Bronson version obviously, but with an even keener racist demeanour (not a good thing!)

And the second is Stallone’s performance. He is genuinely an actor who – as he gets older, he gets better. Respect where respect is due – this is good work from a man who has more than paid his dues.

It’s a nasty little film, that in many ways lets down the original. But that should never detract from how good its star is in it.




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