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Rambo: Last Blood 4K UHD Review

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“Rambo: Last Blood” starts slow, but ends strong.

Picking up where “Rambo” left off (although set many years later), John Rambo has made his home at his father’s ranch in Arizona where he takes care of the place along with caretaker Maria and her granddaughter Gabriela. When Gabriela learns of her biological father’s whereabouts in Mexico, she goes there in secret. Unfortunately, Gabriela is taken by a Mexican cartel which leads Rambo to try and rescue her and go after the Cartel himself.

Directed by Adrian Grunberg and written by Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone, “Rambo: Last Blood” is the supposed final chapter in the Rambo franchise. For the first hour the movie plays like a trite Lifetime esque drama in which Gabriela’s familial journey predictably goes horribly awry. Luckily, the last half hour gets back to basics.

First off, there is a heartfelt speech that John Rambo gives in a car that really sums up the character’s journey in the past decade. It’s the best and most emotional part of the entire story and Stallone does some impressive acting here. Secondly, there is the climactic violent showdown with Rambo taking on an entire Cartel with “Home Alone” esque traps. This sequence will no doubt delight action fans and Rambo franchise lovers as it is filled with bloody mayhem. Is it excessive and gratuitous? For sure but it’s very much in line with what we saw at the end of “Rambo.”

Overall Thoughts: The Rambo franchise probably would have been better off ending with “Rambo,” but “Rambo: Last Blood” does have its moments. The journey to get to that last half hour is a snooze, but this fifth installment does at least go all out in the end.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How doe sit look? The scenes in the day/light look crystal clear while the darker scenes look a little fuzzy in spots. Still a quality transfer all-around though.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? Between the room shaking explosions and gun shot echoes, this Atmos track delivers the goods.

Extras:
* “Rambo: Last Blood” theatrical trailer
* “Drawing Last Blood: Multi Part Production Diary”- A 5 part extra that includes set footage, interviews, Stallone’s thoughts and more. A real deep dive into the entire production.
* “From First Note To last Blood: Music For The Massacres”- A featurette on the score by Brian Tyler.

December 24, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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