Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Blu-ray Review - Rambo: Last Blood

 *This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

(Also available on DVD & Blu-ray!)

Before Christmas, I received Rambo: Last Blood (R; 89 minutes) on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (+Blu-ray + Digital) from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. It's the fifth and the supposedly final entry in the John Rambo franchise starring Sylvester Stallone as the Vietnam War veteran.

Rambo: Last Blood is set eleven years after the ending of 2008's Rambo, where John Rambo was last seen finally going home to his family in Arizona. After his father's death, Rambo remained at his family's ranch, where he dug a series of tunnels underneath the property due to his paranoia that his enemies will be coming for him. His only connection to the real world is through a family friend, Maria Beltran (played by Adriana Barraza), and her granddaughter, Gabriela (played by Yvette Monreal), who considers him to be her uncle.

When Gabriela suddenly disappears after traveling to Mexico to visit her estranged father, Rambo goes after her. Unfortunately, things don't turn out well, and Rambo starts a one-man war against the Mexican Cartel, which leads to a bloody, final confrontation.

Special Features include:
  • Drawing Last Blood: Multipart Production Diary
  • From First Note To Last Blood: Music For The Massacres
  • Theatrical Trailer

Final Thoughts

I didn't know what to expect from Rambo: Last Blood before watching it for the first time. I grew up watching the original three films over and over again during my childhood but I was somewhat disappointed with the belated fourth film, Rambo, in 2008. And after hearing the bad reviews from critics and several moviegoers, my expectations were pretty low.

Let's just say Rambo: Last Blood isn't quite as bad as the critics made it out to be. There's no political agenda in the film, unlike what most mainstream critics claimed was in it. While there are plenty of bloody action scenes, it's not the most graphic movie ever put to screen, which is another lie made up by critics who wanted to trash the film for whatever reasons. Yes, the film has some violent scenes but they aren't as graphic and over the top as what was featured in 2008's Rambo.

(Spoiler Warning) - The plot is very simple to 2008's Taken, wherein this film Rambo's adopted niece is kidnapped, drugged, and forced into sex slavery in Mexico. Rambo goes on a rescue mission to save her, but unlike in Taken, the girl dies! That's when the film changes from a rescue story to a revenge flick.

Sylvester Stallone gives his best performance as John Rambo. The rest of the cast's performances ranges from decent to not-so-great.

The picture and sound qualities on the 4K Ultra HD are superb. The special features are lacking in this release. It would have been nice if there were commentaries from director Adrian Grunberg and star/co-writer/producer Sylvester Stallone. Where are the deleted scenes? In other countries, there's a ten-minute opening where Rambo rescues 3 missing hikers during a flood, which the event triggers his PTSD. I would have loved to have seen this opening! Couldn't there have been a director's cut?

Overall, I enjoyed watching Rambo: Last Blood. Sure, it's not exactly the final Rambo outing the fans wanted, but it's better than nothing.

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