(Release Info London schedule; September 19th, 2019, Cineworld Leicester Square, London WC2H, 5–6 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7NA, 12:20 14:30 16:40 18:50 21:00 pm)
"Rambo: Last Blood"
Almost four decades after he drew first blood, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, "Rambo: Last Blood" marks the last chapter of the legendary series.
After years of making his home in remote corners of the globe, Rambo makes the fateful decision to return to 'The U.S.', where we last saw him walking down a dusty path to a horse ranch, and past a rusted mailbox inscribed with his family name. John Rambo has finally come home. "Rambo: Last Blood" picks up the character’s epic saga, as we find Rambo settled down, and living a quiet life on his family’s sprawling ranch in Arizona. Here he’s found sanctuary and a sense of belonging, sharing his home with his adoptive family; Maria Beltran (Adriana Barraza) and her granddaughter Gabriela (Yvette Monreal). We're taking a ten-year leap forward since we last saw Rambo. He has long been removed from society but now seems to want to become a part of it. He’s been accepted into a family he loves, and wants to take care of them. Rambo has become a paternal figure to Gabriela, whose mother had long passed, and whose abusive father had abandoned her and never looked back. Alongside Maria, Rambo raised the young girl as his own. To him, she's the only thing that's pure and true in this world. Now a teenager and curious about her past, Gabriela goes in search of her biological father. She wants to judge the man for herself, and nothing Rambo or Maria can say will dissuade her. Leaving the ranch defiant and full of hope, Gabriela travels to Mexico, but the reunion with her father ends in harsh rejection. The next morning, when Gabriela doesn’t return home, a primal instinct kicks in for Rambo. He sets out to find her, vowing to Maria he will not return without her. On his recon, Rambo’s worst fears are realized when he witnesses Gabriela being drugged and abused by Victor Martinez (Óscar Jaenada) and Hugo Martinez (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), dangerous cartel members. Fueled by guilt and vengeance, Rambo prepares for all-out war. War always finds Rambo, even if he isn’t seeking it. They drew first blood. He will draw last.
Rambo may have come to terms with himself and found home and family, but he’s not settled. There’s no real comfort in his life at the ranch; his body is there, but his mind isn’t. He never wants to leave the ranch. He can’t get past 'The PTSD', and everything else he cannot reign in. Rambo finds that life is it's own kind of fight and despite being home, he's still at the mercy of events beyond his control. Helping Rambo navigate the perils of being a veteran he has created a series of labyrinthian tunnels and a bunker under the ranch, where he sleeps, relaxes, and keeps his few belongings and memorabilia. It’s where Rambo feels, at least partly, like he’s still dug in, like in a trench. It’s where Rambo can release his demons. He considers the ranch above the tunnels, which houses Maria and Gabriela, representative of all that's good. The tunnels are his private hell. Rambo doesn’t do anything by half, and the tunnels and bunker had to be the ultimate man cave. It’s such an extreme idea that underneath this serene landscape and rolling hills is a maze of underground tunnel systems. The tunnels are among the lingering aftershocks from his time in combat and his more recent missions. They serve as a kind of therapy indicated for momentary lapses of war that Rambo experiences. They make sense only to him, but at the end of the film they do serve a purpose.
The purpose to which Rambo alludes is that of turning his tunnels into a kind of subterranean killing field, where he retaliates against those who would bring death to his family. It’s an epic, vengeance-fueled showdown that's fast-paced, brutal, and intricate. Rambo uses his survival, stealth and weaponry skills, and his knowledge of the terrain to create these brilliantly engineered traps and weapons, lure his prey to his domain, the tunnels, and hunt them down one at a time. But here the stakes are even higher than they're for him during warfare, because they’re grounded in personal loss, grieving and revenge. Where does a warrior make his last stand? Rambo is trying to find an end for his journey. He realizes his job is protect his family; it’s the only thing he’s good at. But Rambo knows if he’s pushed, he’s going to revert back to his true self, even if that’s the last thing he wants. He knows that if what he cares most about is taken away, then he's going to bring retribution, suffering, and death to those responsible. Rambo had been so isolated for so many years, and now he’s part of a family. That dynamic helps you really understand how he thinks and what makes him tick. This film is quite different from the previous films; it’s more personal. It’s the first time we’ve seen Rambo in a family setting, and as close as he’s ever felt to home in a long time. That homelife opens up a part of Rambo that we haven’t experienced before. The film wants to depict a more human Rambo.
Bringing a newfound, if temporary, sense of humanity and homelife to Rambo are Maria and Gabriela. Maria is a strong Mexican woman. She has watched John Rambo grow older and understands he carries a lot of pain, not only in his body, but in his mind. The relationship between Maria and Rambo is really beautiful. Maria’s granddaughter Gabriela is like a step-daughter to Rambo, who he raised her as his own. Gabby understands his 'PTSD' and supports him. When she decides to find her biological father, she travels to Mexico and doesn’t come back. Her disappearance alarms Rambo and he sets out to find her. Even with Gabby and Maria’s support, and a successful business and a stable homelife, Rambo remains, at heart, a wounded warrior, a living example of the old saying, you can’t go home again.
The character was introduced to moviegoers in "First Blood", based on a novel by David Morrell, as an elite 'Special Forces' veteran and war hero skilled in weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, survival tactics, and guerilla warfare, none of which could prepare him for his return to civilian life. With the help of his former commanding officer, Rambo finds new purpose for his formidable and deadly talents, taking him back to Vietnam to rescue some of his imprisoned brothers-in-arms, in "Rambo: First Blood, Part II"; to Afghanistan, to come to the aid of his only friend, in "Rambo III"; and to Myanmar, where he unleashes his fury to help some captured missionaries and villagers. Since it's debut nearly four decades ago, 'The Rambo Series' has become one of the most iconic action-movie franchises of all time. An ex-'Green Beret' haunted by memories of Vietnam, the legendary fighting machine known as Rambo has freed 'POWs', rescued his commanding officer from 'The Soviets', and liberated missionaries in Myanmar. "Rambo: Last Blood" marks the last chapter of the legendary series, as Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills for one final mission. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a climactic and truly personal mission. A thrilling, intense and gritty journey, the film presents audiences with the opportunity to see this iconic character and reluctant hero on the big screen for one final war.
We see Rambo prepping each deadly trap, which you can trace back to when you see the kills; you've anticipated and envisioned what Rambo is going to do with each trap. You don’t see Rambo with two rocket launchers in each hand, blowing helicopters out of the sky, like he’s done in some of the previous films. This is the Rambo we met in "First Blood", who uses his skills and environment to hunt and trap his prey. There's still plenty of action, gunplay, and vengeance, but it’s all more grounded in reality. This is a Rambo that's going back to his roots. This film closes a circle for the character and series. The film honors Rambo and all the films by creating a slightly different kind of action movie and story that combines everything audiences love about the character, while putting him in a new environment, and against an enemy unlike any he’s battled. The artist who embodies this legendary figure promises that this closing chapter of an over-30 year cinematic ride will give audiences a jolt unlike any they’ve experienced with the franchise before. It's an exciting and breathless experience for the audience. They go by quickly because they’ve already been set up. At the same time, the story builds and builds to a finale that's seismic, volcanic and very satisfying.