This is a bit of a follow-up to this post, something that I wrote back in the middle of 2016, expressing my disappointment that Rambo V appeared to have been stomped on and no longer in production.
I can happily say that this isn’t the case any longer and Rambo V has not only been confirmed, but filming has begun – the source for this. Stallones personal instagram account!
I am somewhat confused about the whole Cowboy aesthetic that Rambo has chosen to go for, but still excited about what the next instalment will involve for the Vietnam War-Vet.
The name ‘Rambo V: Last Blood’ suggest that this is going to be Rambos last bad-ass outing; pitching him up against a Mexican Sex Trafficking Cartel.
I am a big fan of the older films (And more-so the book that First Blood was based on) and that flavour of Rambo is the one that I like, so I am really hesitant to say that I am excited to see Rambo V; but the Cowboy look does make a lot of sense, seeing as where Rambo IV finished the story – with him returning home. I am intrigued by the storyline and to see the character development (And possibly deconstruction)
I said in my previous post that I enjoyed how Rambo IV left the series and that’s still the case. Rambo V does feel a bit like picking at a healing scab; I’m not sure it’s a good idea. Unless Rambo V can give such a good conclusion as its previous instalment did. Maybe it is time for the films to conclude in a similar way that the novel did? Although, that wouldn’t be a very fulfilling viewing.
Which, leaves me to think a little more about the plot – I don’t think it’ll be anything ground breaking. Rambo rescues a girl. I think this is the tried and tested plot for Rambo since Rambo: First Blood Part II. Find and extract someone in trouble; vietname war-vets, old friends (Trautman) and Aid workers. It’s just a new dose of trouble for Rambo to get himself involved with.
And how does John get himself involved in this trouble?
A woman that is an old family friend – described as someone who it ‘like a sister’ to Rambo; I do find this a little mind-boggling. How could Rambo have found some to fill such a vital role in his life while he was off capturing snakes for a living in Thailand? That’s something I am looking forward to seeing too.
My thoughts on it all are very mixed; I am both excited and hesitant.
But, I think mostly excited!