Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
|Writers:||Matthew Cirulnick, David Morrell, Sylvester Stallone|
|Released:||Friday, September 20, 2019|
|Rating:||Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.|
Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD marks the last chapter of the legendary series.
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Rambo: Last Blood 4K Ultra HD Review
At the end of Rambo, we see John returning home to his family ranch. As Last Blood opens we see he is still there, living and working while taking care of a teenage girl named Gabrielle (Yvette Monreal; Lowriders) and her grandmother, Maria (Adriana Barraza; Cake). Gabrielle's mother passed away from cancer and her father left the young girl alone and abandoned. When Gabrielle's friend, Gizelle (Fenessa Pineda; You, Me and Dupree) finds Gabrielle's father living near Gizelle in a small town in Mexico, Gabrielle defies "Uncle John" and her grandmother and heads to Mexico to see him and ask him why he left.
After the family reunion leaves Gabrielle heartbroken, Gizelle suggests they go to a club where Gabrielle's drink is drugged and she wakes up surrounded by other teenage girls who have all been kidnapped to work in the sex trade. When Rambo finds out Gabrielle went to Mexico, he heads after her only to find out she has been held captive by human sex traffickers. Rambo tried to save her but is beaten to near death. After he heals he goes back and frees Gabrielle but he is too late. Seeking revenge he goes after the leader of the traffickers and beheads him. Knowing the trafficker's family and henchmen will come looking for him, Rambo creates an elaborate trap on the ranch in one final showdown.
Stallone once again plays Rambo as stoic and introverted but also still physically and mentally sharp. This Rambo also shows more emotion than in the previous films and the results are almost heartbreaking. Monreal is a talented, up and coming actress who infuses Gabrielle with naivete and fragility. The supporting cast is solid, especially Barraza and the film could have been so much more with a better script.
The 4K Blu-ray is the standard 2160p video resolution with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to help in certain scenes where there is a bit of graininess or when Gabrielle/ Rambo are driving to Mexico and it is obvious that a green screen was used in those shots. The Dolby Atmos audio, however, is sharp and crisp and makes great use of the surround sound. There are only three extras but the first one is almost an hour long and is broken down into smaller parts. The three extras are: Drawing Last Blood: Multi-Part Production Diary, From First Note to Last Blood: Music for the Massacres and the Theatrical Trailer.
If you love the violent aspects of the other Rambo movies then you will LOVE the last 15 minutes of this one. The elaborate ways Rambo concocts ways to kill his enemies are reminiscent of the torture techniques utilized in the Saw films. However, if you are looking for something more than that, skip this one. As a parent of a teenage girl the storyline of this film was a mother's worst nightmare coming true. Also, as just mentioned, the gore/torture is vomit-inducing to those of us that aren't fans of those type of scenes.
Rambo: Last Blood simply doesn't live up to the previous movies in the franchise.
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