Rambo: Last Blood is exactly what I thought it would be

Dylan Frazier

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Rambo: Last Blood hit theaters two weeks ago and it’s exactly what it was meant to be, an insane action movie with completely unrealistic fights and explosions. So, what the movie lacks in story, and it definitely lacks in that department, the completely mindless action helps make it a fun movie to watch.

In the fifth and probably final Rambo movie, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself on the hunt for his niece, Gabrielle (Yvette Monreal), after she went to Mexico to find her father, only to be captured by drug lords. I feel like this isn’t the first time Rambo has done something like this.  It’s a very standard cartel movie and I feel like they played on that stereotype a little too much in this movie, but that didn’t detract from the overall experience.

The story of the cartel capturing someone really has ran its course and I hope that there’s a new wave of movies like Rambo that don’t use the cartel as a plot point. Stallone was great as the stoic murderous man that he is in these movies, but everyone else’s performances weren’t spectacular. At the same time, I don’t think anyone is seeing Rambo for great acting and a great story.

The action really was ridiculous in this movie, I cannot stress that enough, it was absurd some of the stunts they pulled off in this movie. They got very creative with how Rambo would end the bad guy’s life, that is for sure. The last 20 minutes of the movie was completely insane and farfetched, it was amazing. It certainly was a movie that you didn’t have to think really hard about what was going on because it’s just fun, mindless action. Plenty of explosions and absolutely brutal deaths make up for the really bad story and acting.

One thing I did noticed though is that Stallone isn’t as quick as he used to be, I mean he is 73, but wow did he look slow at times in the action sequences. They covered that up well by using shaky cameras during the fight scenes but if you get motion sickness, I advise staying home for this one. The camera moved like crazy during the hand-to-hand combat scenes with Stallone in them.

Overall, this really isn’t a great movie, not in the slightest, but it certainly is a fun one. The action, explosions, and completely brutal deaths in the movie, elevate this to a perfectly watchable movie and I think that’s about the best complement I can give Rambo: Last Blood.

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