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Movie Review - Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

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Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Movie Poster

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Overview

Rambo: Last Blood (2019) is a American action film directed by Adrian Grünberg and screenplay written by Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone. This film is produced by Millennium Media, Balboa Productions, and Templeton Media. Rambo: Last Bood (2019) is distributed by Lionsgate and released in American theaters on September 20, 2019. The film has grossed over $178.8 million in box office revenue. Rambo: Last Blood (2019) is the final sequel of the Rambo series and final role for Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adriana Barraza, and Óscar Jaenada.

Left to Right: Yvette Monreal, Sylvester Stallone, and Paz Vega at the Rambo: Last Blood (2019) movie premiere

Left to Right: Yvette Monreal, Sylvester Stallone, and Paz Vega at the Rambo: Last Blood (2019) movie premiere

Summary

In the beginning of the film, a heavy night rainstorm crashes hard into the forest. Few people are trapped in the forest wilderness. John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) on his horse, rescues a women crying out for help. They quickly leave the forest, before the flood arrives. The emergency rescue team arrives and the women thanks John for rescuing her. John returns to his ranch house in Arizona who he lives with his friend, Maria Beltran (Adriana Barraza) and her granddaughter, Gabriela (Yvette Monreal). John continues renovating his underground tunnel and meets Gabriela who tells John that she is leaving soon for college. Gabriela tells him that she is going to have a party at her friends place to celebrate. John tells Gabriela to invite her friends over and celebrate inside his underground tunnel. At night, Gabriela and her friends celebrate inside the underground tunnel while John supervises. Gabriela gets a phone call from her friend, Gizelle (Fenessa Pineda) and informs Gabriela that she found her real father, Manuel (Marco de la O) in Mexico. Gabriela tells John that she found her father and tells him that she is going to visit him. John tells her not to go and tells her that it isn’t safe out there. Gabriela takes John’s word not to go to Mexico.

John Rambo searches for missing hikers during a rainstorm

John Rambo searches for missing hikers during a rainstorm

John Rambo and Gabriela riding their horses

John Rambo and Gabriela riding their horses

The next day, Gabriela gets into an argument with Maria about going to Mexico to see her father. John tells Gabriela about what he said about not going to Mexico and Gabriela pretends to take his words. Gabriela drives away and secretly heads to Mexico by herself. Gabriela meets with Gizelle and they head to Manuel’s apartment. Gabriela meets Manuel and finds out that he has a new family. She asks why he left her and her mother. Manuel angirly tells Gabriela that he was never in love with her mother and didn’t want her as a daughter. Gabriela leaves Manuel’s apartment in tears and Gizelle takes her to the nightclub to cheer her up. At the nightclub, Gabriela loses Gizelle and gets drugged by a man who flirts with her. At ranch house, Maria tells John that Gabriela gone missing in Mexico. John angered, he quickly grabs his gun and drives off to Mexico.

Manuel meets his daughter, Gabriela for the first time

Manuel meets his daughter, Gabriela for the first time

John confronts Gizelle at her house and asks where Gabriela is. Gizelle tells John that a man named El Flaco (Pascacio Lopez) was last seen with her at the nightclub. They head to the nightclub and they spot El Flaco partying with girls. John follows El Flaco to his car and attacks him. John forces El Flaco to lead him to where Gabriela was kidnapped and El Flaco directs him. A woman named Carmen Delgado (Paz Vega) follows John and El Flaco. John and El Flaco arrives at the territory where Gabriela is located. John knocks him out and heads to the territory. He gets beaten by bunch of cartel members and is confronted by the Martinez brothers. Hugo Martinez (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) takes John’s driver license and finds out that John lives in Arizona. He commands Victor Martinez (Óscar Jaenada) to carve John’s face and drug Gabriela. The cartels let John live and walks away, leaving him injured badly. Victor interrogates Gabriela about John and Gabriela refuses to speak about him. Victor drugs her with an injection and causes her to faint.

John Rambo confronts El Flaco about Gabriela whereabouts

John Rambo confronts El Flaco about Gabriela whereabouts

John Rambo first encounter with the Martinez brothers

John Rambo first encounter with the Martinez brothers

Carmen rescues John and takes him back to her house. Doctor Sergio (Manuel Uriza) helps cure John’s injuries and tells Carmen that it will take him a while to heal. While John is healing from his wounds, Gabriela is injected with drugs and stripped down. Few days pass, John is healed from his wounds and ask Carmen why she rescued him. Carmen tells him that she’s a independent journalist and been tracking down the Martinez brothers who killed her sister. Carmen reveals that all the kidnapped girls are being sold for fornication. John asks Carmen for the location and he heads over there. John arrives at the location and kills several cartel members inside. He finds Gabriela in a bad state and takes her back to his car. John and Gabriela quickly drives back to Arizona. He tells Gabriela to stay awake, knowing that she will not make it. John tells her that she has changed his life to become a better person than he used to be and he finds Gabriela passed away. John returns back to the ranch house and tells Maria about the unfortunate news of Gabriela’s passing. Angered by Gabriela’s death, John heads back to Mexico for revenge.

Carmen reveals to John Rambo about the Martinez brothers

Carmen reveals to John Rambo about the Martinez brothers

John Rambo visits Gabriela's grave

John Rambo visits Gabriela's grave

In Mexico, John raids Victor’s home and kills several of his guards. John sees Victor in the bathroom and walks over. Next day, Hugo and his men finds a decapitated body of Victor. Hugo finds a photo of Gabriela on Victor’s body and becomes angry. Hugo and his men prepare to raid John’s ranch. John returns back to his ranch and prepares booby traps all over the underground tunnel, knowing that Hugo’s men will attack him. Following day, Hugo and his men arrive in their cars as John detonates them with explosion. Hugo and his men spot John going under the tunnel. They follow him as they lose track where he went. One by one, Hugo’s men gets killed by John’s booby traps and John is wounded in the process.

Huge explosion detonated by John Rambo

Huge explosion detonated by John Rambo

John Rambo ready to fight

John Rambo ready to fight

Hugo finds out that he’s the only one alive and John uses the walkie talkie to tell him that he will rip Hugo’s heart out. John detonates the underground tunnel, causing Hugo to run to a tunnel exit. Hugo leaves the tunnel just in time and ends up inside a barn. John hits Hugo with arrows and Hugo is unable to move. John reminds Hugo that this is for Gabriela and rips his heart out. John injured, he sits on the porch and rests. John looks out at the clear landscape as the screen fades.

John Rambo shoots arrows at Hugo

John Rambo shoots arrows at Hugo

John Rambo sitting on his porch and looking out the landscape

John Rambo sitting on his porch and looking out the landscape

Review

Overall, Rambo: Last Blood (2019) was a great film with a lot of adrenaline action pumped scenes and several emotional scenes that shows how weak John Rambo has become. This film is completely different from the prequels and it really shows John Rambo’s softer side rather than being tough all the time. Family plays a big role in this film and shows how John is really connected to Gabriela and Maria. In this film, shows how old John Rambo has become and retired from fighting wars. He isn’t strong like he used to be, but still manages to persevere through the difficult challenges he faces. Rambo: Last Blood (2019) is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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