Saturday, July 06, 2019

Rambo... one last time?

The preview trailer for "Rambo: Last Blood" (yerp—that's the title) is out:

So the big question has to be whether Rambo dies at the end of this movie. (The character actually died in the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell.) In the trailer, we see a quick scene of Rambo with a wound in the shoulder and another in the gut. Both appear to be through-and-through bullet wounds, so maybe the old soldier pulls a Walter White and dies after he puts all his enemies down, or maybe he calls 911 when the shootings, stabbings, amputations, and eviscerations all stop. I'm thinking, though, that Rambo might survive and walk into the Arizona sunset (2008's "Rambo" had him coming home to the Rambo ranch in Arizona), maybe to live a Bear Grylls-style life of eating lizards and wrestling with mountain lions. After setting all his horses free and selling his war-zone of a ranch, of course.

I sincerely hope this is the final Rambo film. Stallone is in his seventies, for God's sakes. Back in 2008, I thought it was odd that Rambo still had completely black hair despite looking ancient. This new iteration of Rambo seems, at least, to look his age. Given that the film was made by "Balboa Productions," I assume it's no coincidence that Rambo now looks like Rocky. (I'm fervently hoping that "Creed II" is the final Rocky film as well.) Now that Stallone's two most iconic roles have seemingly fused into one, let this be the end of it: one final, silly film in a series of silly films. And God help me, I know I'll be seeing this new one either in the theaters or on home video. What if it ends up being a better capstone than "The Rise of Skywalker"?

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