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Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

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May 30th 2019 at 11:31:27 AM

So, this is coming:

dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
May 30th 2019 at 11:36:06 AM

And all this series is based on a book where the main character kills himself in the end...

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Lyendith I'm not insane, I'm not… not insane! from Bègles, France Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
I'm not insane, I'm not… not insane!
May 30th 2019 at 11:52:56 AM

Damn, this Home Alone reboot is hardcore…

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Nohbody "In distress", my ass. from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
"In distress", my ass.
May 31st 2019 at 3:43:51 AM

[up][up] The movie First Blood was originally filmed with Rambo killing himself using Trautman's gun. After the scene was filmed, though, Stallone went "hey, wait a minute" about it sending the message that the only thing left for Vietnam vets was to put them out of their misery because they were irretrievably broken.

The scene as originally filmed.

(And, of course, even then it still paints a picture of Vietnam vets as being broken, an image that was common on the screen, other than Magnum, P.I. showing non-broken Vietnam vets as major characters.)

Edited by Nohbody on May 31st 2019 at 6:45:06 AM

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Weirdguy149 The sleeping royal from Galar Relationship Status: I'd jump in front of a train for ya!
The sleeping royal
Sep 20th 2019 at 2:24:12 PM

I'm not sure why critics were expecting a Rambo movie past the first two to have a lot of moral depth. I'm just going to think of this movie like I do for the Fast and the Furious movies: a popcorn muncher.

I say, fitting time for a nap, eh what?
Sep 20th 2019 at 2:26:35 PM

Problem with popcorn munchers is that you have to pay extra to enjoy it.tongue

TompaDompa from Sweden
Sep 23rd 2019 at 3:02:50 PM

Well, this was a disappointment. The only reason I watched it was that it had "Rambo" in the title (I hadn't watched the trailer beforehand), and it didn't really feel like it had to be a Rambo film. They could just as well have called the main character "Bob Smith" and changed basically nothing else (in fact, I probably would have enjoyed it more if they had, since I would then have had no particular expectations about the film going in).

A few things that bothered me:

  • The set-up is highly reminiscent of Taken. That was pretty distracting.
  • I didn't care much about any of the characters, which wasn't helped by some basically being Plot Devices. That placed it in Eight Deadly Words territory.
  • For such a short movie, it still feels like it dragged quite a bit; it felt to me like there was approximately 40 minutes' worth of film, and the rest was just padding.
  • The film only has one big action scene towards the end, and that one is not particularly well-made. The direction and editing make it very difficult to get a sense of the geography of the scene and the number of bad guys. It's not even really an action scene, but more of a Mook Horror Show that really strains believability—Rambo is able to move about undetected but somehow always be in the right spot at the right time in order to execute his ambushes. That requires him to be a borderline-supernatural entity with near-omniscience, which doesn't really fit with what we know about the character.
  • It's a bit jarring for Rambo to go from being way in over his head and getting his ass handed to him in the first half of the film to being a One-Man Army who takes out the bad guys like a walk in the park in the second half. It's even worse when you take into account that the way he acted in the first half of the movie is also pretty jarring when compared to how he acted in the previous movies. I'd go so far as to say that it felt out of character.
  • A minor thing, but I kind of expect John Rambo to use a machine gun (which is one reason it might've helped if this weren't a Rambo film).
  • The main thing, which I touched upon previously, is this: there is no compelling reason for this movie to exist. For one thing, we didn't need a fifth movie after the previous one wrapped things up satisfactorily, but I figured that since more than a decade has passed since the release of the fourth one, they had probably come up with something good that would justify making another one (they hadn't). For another, this story didn't have any reason to be about the character from the previous Rambo films.

Ceterum censeo Morbillivirum esse eradicandum.
Lyendith I'm not insane, I'm not… not insane! from Bègles, France Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
I'm not insane, I'm not… not insane!
Sep 27th 2019 at 1:24:11 PM

From what I heard, Mexican viewers really hated this movie… Is Mexico's depiction really that bad?

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Sep 27th 2019 at 1:27:26 PM

Let’s just say there is only one good Mexican character depicted in this film.

GrandmasterKiramidHead Master of Horror from Silent Hill Relationship Status: Owner of a lonely heart
Master of Horror
Sep 28th 2019 at 5:46:38 PM

I enjoyed it a lot, just wish it had fleshed a few things out a bit more. Like how the tunnels connected to his PTSD, and a couple of other things.

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