Continuing from where we last left Rambo with the fourth instalment in 2008, Rambo’s past still haunts him, creating a “war within his mind”. While trying to seek peace, Rambo is now living the farm life with a housekeeper and her daughter. It isn’t long until John Rambo is forced once again to use his combat and survival skills to dish out a bloody revenge one more time. Here our leading actor, Sylvester Stallone (who is 73 years old in real life) brings the action and popcorn entertainment successfully once again.
I have always found pure enjoyment whenever I watch a Rambo film. This is for sure because of the action factor, but I also generally care about this character. Naturally the 1st Rambo film is genuinely my all-time favourite out of the previous four instalments.
For fun, here is the on-screen body count for the previous Rambo films:
* First Blood (1982): 1 Kill
* Rambo First Blood Part 2 (1985): 69 Kills
* Rambo III (1988): 132 Kills
* Rambo (2008): 236 Kills
Without giving away spoilers, Rambo: Last Blood feels like the film decided to focus more intensely on Rambo’s character and go back to what worked best within the series: Revenge. I enjoyed this concept more than just another film trying to outdo the body count from the previous movie. That being said, while the body count might be lower, there is still plenty of kills, and I will advise that this Rambo film contain the MOST gore and blood and easily warrants the film’s R18+ rating.
As for the plot, I enjoyed the extension of John Rambo’s character. Within the runtime, the film does well in providing a setup, generally getting right into it. The plot here is slightly predictable at times, and then at other times, I found myself somewhat stunned and genuinely shocked as to what happens around Rambo’s life. The film takes some considerable risks in the plot as well as pushing the limits in regards to the film’s action and gore. The action is believable, and the fast-paced shots are done very well. Credit also goes out the soundtrack and sound effects- hearing the amazing Rambo theme again brings a genuine smile to my face.
Overall, considering this is a fifth instalment to a series which began in 1982, the 72-year-old actor Sylvester Stallone shows there is plenty of action fuel left in his tank. Rambo fans will be pleased with this film and the continued story of the character many love. Action fans will also be happy and shocked to find this new instalment contains even more gore and violence. I found all of this enjoyable and declare it is a worthy instalment to the franchise.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden