Rambo: Last Blood

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega

Director: Adrian Grunberg

The icon returns. Sylvester Stallone brings one of his most famous characters back to the big screen.

This movie picks up a little while from where the last one left off.

John Rambo has made it back to his family and is now enjoying the quiet time of his later years. All he wants to do is train his horses and watch over his niece as she prepares for college. Before she goes, there’s some lingering family questions that she wants the answers to, and despite her Uncle Rambo’s insistence that she be patient and wait, she just can’t.

Her decision places her in serious harm’s way, and now the ex soldier with the large knife, and a particular set of skills, has to rescue her and heaven help anyone that gets in his way.

I really thought this movie was going to be a HUGE waste of time, where I couldn’t wait to get out of the theater, but this film had a specific goal in mind and I feel like they accomplished it. It had to get from a mellow point A to a suspenseful point B where we can get some the cool blood soaked set pieces reminiscent of the original movie. I had a good time watching this flick. I was genuinely surprised by some of the story points coming from this a very basic script.

Is there a well written script? No.

Are there engrossing and exciting performances from the actors? Nope.

Does it seem like Rambo had now become a Horror movie character taking out unsuspecting victims in gruesome ways? Oh Hell yeah, and they absolutely deserve it.

Unlike the last “Rambo” movie, our hero is back to the old school methods of whoop ass and less relying on machine guns with digital blood everywhere. The third act is why Rambo fans will want this film, and I think it delivers. At 90 minutes, it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. It would have been nice to see the end this character’s arc with something akin to Rocky Balboa’s in Creed, but alas, there’s no Ryan Coogler here.

3 out 5 Stars

-“Marquee Mark”

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