July 29, 2012

Rambo 5: A Necessary Venture?

Recently, Stallone raised the idea of going forward with Rambo 5 and either making it an “Unforgiven” style movie as a last hurrah so to speak or a “passing of the torch” style movie. Rambo (the fourth entry into the series) was a great way to end the series and really completed the character arc of John Rambo. A fifth entry would seem unnecessary like a Lethal Weapon 5 or a Robocop 4. Rambo is not a guy who loves to kill and gets into fights, but rather he is bitter towards the US, hates what he has become, and has come to terms with what he truly is: a killing machine and how he will not hesitate to slaughter hundreds of people if he felt he needed to. Stallone truly captured the sight of a tortured soul while maintaining the violence and kick ass action that the series is known for.

A Rambo 5 would in a way undermine what was accomplished in Rambo UNLESS it is done in the “Unforgiven” style of filmmaking. The final hurrah. The ultimate showcase and the respectful demise of Rambo. Stallone can give the Rambo character the proper goodbye and respect towards the series and where it has ended up and he can even turn it into a tribute of those films in the way that Eastwood honored Sergio Leone and other western directors.

A “Passing of the Torch” would be the wrong idea. Rambo IS Stallone like how Rocky IS Stallone. Stallone is symbiotically connected with these characters and there’s no need to continue any other stories with someone else. Not only is the well of ideas drying up with this series, but who would they get to play the iconic Rambo? Does anyone in Hollywood truly capture the anger and bitterness that Rambo possess while maintaining that gruff 80’s action hero persona that he built up over the years?

At the end of the day, it is all up to Stallone as to whether Rambo 5 should happen and in what format. Either way, it would be great to see John Rambo one final time on the big screen and make his final mark on the action genre and movies in general.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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