(2019) (Sylvester Stallone, Sergio Peris-Mencheta) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: A Vietnam War vet sets out to rescue a teenager who's been kidnapped and sold into a Mexican sex-trafficking ring.
- Vietnam War vet John Rambo (SYLVESTER STALLONE) has seemingly finally put his violent overseas heroics to rest and now platonically lives on a horse ranch with a middle-aged woman, Maria Beltran (ADRIANA BARRAZA), and that woman's ward, teenager Gabrielle (YVETTE MONREAL) who's set to head off to college.
But first she wants to travel to Mexico to find her estranged father (MARCO DE LA O), who abandoned her years ago. John tries to talk her out of that, but she goes anyway and ends up kidnapped and sold into a sex-trafficking ring run by brothers Hugo Martinez (SERGIO PERIS-MENCHETA) and Victor Martinez (OSCAR JAENADA).
After he's beaten up by goons working for those men, he's nursed back to health by independent journalist Carmen Delgado (PAZ VEGA) who's been keeping dibs on the brothers and their operation, what with her sister having been one of their many victims. After rescuing Gabrielle, Rambo then lures the villains back to his farm to deliver some vengeful and gruesome retribution.
- OUR TAKE: 2 out of 10
- I may or may not expand upon this in the near future, but to be blunt and succinct, this fifth installment of the "Rambo" franchise is soul-sucking bad. The performances are mediocre at best, the line readings are awful (but so is the dialogue), the direction is subpar and the editing is atrocious.
If you can imagine mixing "Taken" with little Kevin's booby-traps from "Home Alone" and the visceral tone of "Saw," you can get a feeling for what's offered here. Certain to be a multiple contender in the next Razzie Awards, "Rambo: Last Blood" makes you hope at least the title is accurate. It rates as a very generous 2 out of 10.
Reviewed September 19, 2019 / Posted September 20, 2019
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