Torture Scorn: “Rambo: Last Blood” (2019)


ROCKY BY ANY OTHER NAME: Sometime during “Rambo: Last Blood”, the latest (and hopefully the final, as promised) chapter in the increasingly blood-soaked John Rambo saga, it becomes apparent that the eponymous hero has come to resemble one of the sandstone buttes of Monument Valley, so much so that it’s difficult to resist the feeling that at any moment one of John Ford’s beloved cavalry troops should be galloping around the ankles of star/co-author Sylvester Stallone, charging toward an eleventh hour rescue.

      “Rambo: Last Blood”  (2019)

    By this point in the increasingly indefensible gorefest known as the Rambo franchise,  having abandoned the original novel and film’s conception of a man irretrievably changed rambolastbloodOSand haunted by Vietnam (the War, not the tourist trap), “Rambo: Last Blood”, the latest excuse for an emergency manufacturing of body bags, is bereft of even the slightest hint of social commentary and aims strictly down the path of the revenge spree in the Jason Voorhees tradition. The film wastes no time showing it intends to match its testosterone fueled hero grunt for grunt by blasting Brian Tyler’s clamorous score over the most innocuous of incidents. Thus an undramatic scene of driving down a rural highway takes on unwarranted portents of imminent violence simply as an aural gut punch designed to work the audience over and exhaust visceral resistance.

     The film operates on the Let’s Do the Stupidest Thing Possible to Put Ourselves in Danger Principle, so when Rambo’s strenuously advises Gabrielle, a friend’s granddaughter whom he has adopted as his own, to resist crossing into Mexico to seek out the no-account scoundrel of a father who abandoned her, she…

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2 Responses to Torture Scorn: “Rambo: Last Blood” (2019)

  1. Alex Good says:

    I was sort of looking forward to this when it came out, but the initial reports were so very bad I never got around to it. I mean, it sounds like a bad movie and not even bad in an interesting way.

  2. beetleypete says:

    I saw ‘First Blood’, which I watched at the time because Brian Denehey was in it. I confess that I didn’t even know there as a ‘Last Blood’, but your accurate review means I can now forget I ever heard of it.
    Best wishes, Ted Kotcheff.

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