*Warning! This article contains a fair level of SPOILERS for Rambo 5‘s plot and premise.*
I was a huge fan of Rambo growing up, and I do mean growing up, because it’s about as intellectually stimulating as a Saturday morning cartoon series. Actually, I remember them actually making it into an animated series at one point with Russian bad guys and action figures, yes I had them.
At various points, we have thought the Rambo franchise dead, but somehow it keeps coming back. Even after the abysmal Rambo 3, the John Rambo movie was actually not too bad in a hyper-violent kind of way. I was, however, pretty surprised that after going back home to the US, there was going to be a Rambo 5. Heading back home to a world no longer against Vietnam Vets seemed like an ending for the character. So how is Rambo 5 going to bring that old school violence to audiences whilst being said back Stateside? Easy, they are going to Mexico!
Stallone was recently honored at the Cannes Film festival and talked about the upcoming Rambo 5 with the press in attendance, thanks to Deadline for the transcript.
“In every film, Rambo never goes home, he goes out the to the jungle or Afghanistan. In the new one, he does come home, but in a way he never arrives. He’s there, but he’s not. That’s what the whole story is built around. As soon as he walks outside his door, he has no more control. The world controls you.”
“We pick it up, he’s out in this storm, a horrible storm. He’s trying to rescue people. There’s a flash flood. One guy goes up by horseback, he volunteers to save people. He’s still dealing with survivor guilt, b/c he could save his friends in Vietnam. A result of PTSD. He has a hard time. He has a beautiful ranch, but he lives underground. This is how he deals with his dilemma. There’s something subterranean in Vietnam. He has an adopted family there. His father has passed on. The housekeeper who is 70 has a granddaughter. He’s her surrogate father.”
Then the girl apparently finds out her real father is in Mexico, where she heads.
“Bad things happen. There’s going to be some serious vengeance in this movie. A lot of people getting hurt.”
“Rambo deals with the dark side of nature that most people live with. Rocky is different, he’s more the optimist.”
I’m not sure about this. Rambo is about war for me, even if it’s Rambo representing the U.S. against idiot numbers of generic enemies. As always I will judge the film on its own merits when I see it, and I will go see it.
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