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|Originaltitel:||Rambo: Last Blood|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 89 min.|
|FSK:||From 18 years|
John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has retired after many fights and revenge campaigns in his life. The war veteran fights on a remote farm in Arizona now only against his inner demons. Gabrielle (Yvette Monreal), the granddaughter of Rambo's housekeeper Maria (Adriana Barraza), also makes sure that he doesn't completely perish from the scars of his past. Gabrielle is like a daughter to the former elite soldier and an important resting place in this final stage of his life. But one day, when the girl sets off alone to Mexico to search for her biological father, she becomes the victim of unscrupulous traffickers. To save Gabrielle, Rambo must battle one of the most powerful and ruthless drug cartels in the world. The gangsters think they're playing easy with the old man. But even if the years and the many fights have drawn him, John Rambo himself is still a very deadly weapon…
He just can't help it: after he brought his legendary character Rocky Balboa back to life with the two "Creed" movies and even got an Oscar nomination for it, Sylvester Stallone now also slips in (last?) For the first time in the other role that once made him one of the most popular actors in the world: John Rambo. But what worked out well for Rocky in "Rambo: Last Blood" is more of a tough moment and also a bit of involuntary comedy. Because the many moments in which the old fighter ponders about his life are not written very well and slow down every form of action again and again.
The screenwriter Stallone and director Adrian Grunberg also seem to have been aware of this. There's no other explanation for the fact that she is almost comic-like brutality when it's time to get down to business between the quiet moments. Bones that break are the least of our evils. Limbs are severed, heads explode or bodies are shredded by grenades. Especially the last act is so exaggeratedly staged, that it's fun again.
However, the discrepancy between the long dialogue scenes and the ultra-hard fighting sequences is so enormous, that simply no coherent overall picture wants to appear. At least you notice that Stallone wanted to tie in with the first part in terms of sound in order to give the fans a round ending (provided that this is really the last Rambo movie). But just because the mixture between drama and completely exaggerated cartoon brutality doesn't really work out, this fifth Rambo movie doesn't come close to the class of the first part. Nevertheless: A certain entertainment value cannot be denied and there is also a satisfied one: Worth seeing!
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