Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

ADRIAN GRUNBERG

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA//, 2019, , , , , , Story by , , Screenplay by , Sylvester Stallone, based on characters created by Cinematography by Produced by , , , , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by , .

It’s been ten years since we last spent time with Vietnam vet John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), back when he was travelling up and down southeast Asian rivers catching snakes to be used in prize fights and helping stranded tourists escape some pretty nasty bad guys. Now he’s in Arizona and leading a sedentary life on a giant ranch that he has conveniently outfitted with miles of underground tunnels (just in case the world should end while he’s still in it). His peaceful days training horses with his teenage ward () and housekeeper (an excellent Adriana Barraza) are ruined when she decides to go across the Mexican border to find her biological father. She ends up in sex slavery instead, and Rambo must follow her to the big bad city and use his big knife on some pretty mean fellows (the film’s main takeaway is a great promotion for Damascus steel). Stallone is fine form and it’s surprisingly easy to believe that, even in his early seventies, he can pull off the stunts that he is required to perform here, but the film’s attempt to give Rambo his Logan is ruined by a rushed script that never lets any tension build. A subplot involving an eager journalist (played by a game ) looking to take the bad guys down fails to go anywhere (in fact it barely tries) and the big climax, in which Stallone lures the villains back to his magnificent Home Alone set piece, gets underway well before it has earned its gut-wrenching conflict. A well intentioned effort, but not overly memorable.

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