Rambo: Last Blood is a 2019 American action film directed by Adrian Grünberg. The screenplay, co-written by Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone (from a story by Dan Gordon and Stallone), is based on the character John Rambo created by author David Morrell for his novel First Blood.
The story follows the titular Vietnam War veteran (reprised by Stallone) as he travels to Mexico to save his adopted daughter, who has been kidnapped by a Mexican cartel and forced into prostitution.
Eleven years after the events in Burma, Vietnam War veteran John Rambo lives in Bowie, Arizona at his deceased father’s horse ranch, which he manages with his old friend, Maria Beltran, and her granddaughter, Gabrielle. Gabrielle tells Rambo that a friend of hers, Gizelle, has found Gabriela’s biological father, Manuel, in Mexico. Both Rambo and Maria tell her not to go to Mexico, but Gabrielle secretly drives there to ask why Manuel abandoned her and her mother years ago. Gizelle leads Gabrielle to Manuel’s apartment, where he coldly tells her that he never cared for Gabrielle or her mother.
Gizelle takes a heartbroken Gabrielle to a nearby club, where Gabrielle is drugged and kidnapped by the enforcers of a Mexican cartel. Meanwhile, Maria informs Rambo of Gabrielle’s disappearance in Mexico. Rambo rushes to Mexico and interrogates both Miguel and Gizelle about Gabrielle’s whereabouts. After threatened by Rambo, Gizelle reluctantly leads Rambo to the club where Gabrielle was last seen and confronts El Flaco, the man who last spoke with Gabrielle. A mysterious woman, Carmen Delgado, tails Rambo as El Flaco leads him to Gabrielle’s location. Rambo is immediately confronted, beaten and marked by the cartel, led by the brothers Hugo and Victor Martinez. They take his driver’s license with the location of Rambo’s ranch and a photo of Gabrielle, whom Victor recognises. The cartel vow to mistreat Gabrielle further due to Rambo’s actions.
Carmen takes Rambo back to her home where she cares for him until he fully recovers after four days. While Rambo is cared for by Carmen, Gabrielle is stripped and consistently dosed with heroin and sold to be raped repeatedly. Carmen says she is an independent journalist who has been investigating the Martinez brothers, who kidnapped and murdered her sister. Rambo later raids one of the brothels, killing several men until he finds a drugged Gabrielle. While driving back home in his pickup, Rambo thanks Gabrielle for giving him hope for ten years but she dies from the forced overdose. An enraged Rambo sends Maria away and rigs the ranch with traps for a confrontation, and later returns to Mexico to ask for Carmen’s help in finding Victor. Carmen initially refuses and tells Rambo that it will solve nothing, but is convinced after he appeals to her grief and frustration.
Rambo raids Victor’s home, killing several guards and decapitating Victor. In retaliation, Hugo leads a group of hitmen to Rambo’s ranch, where each falls victim to the rigged traps. Saving Hugo for last, Rambo mutilates him and rips his heart out. In the aftermath, a weakened Rambo sits on the porch of his father’s house, vowing to continue fighting and keep the memories of his loved ones alive. During the credits, flashbacks to scenes from the first four movies in the franchise are shown, with Rambo saddling up his horse and riding off into the sunset.
- Sylvester Stallone as John J. Rambo.
- Paz Vega as Carmen Delgado.
- Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Hugo Martinez.
- Adriana Barraza as Maria Beltran.
- Yvette Monreal as Gabrielle.
- Joaquín Cosío as Don Manuel.
- Óscar Jaenada as Victor Martinez.
- Pascacio Lopez as El Flaco.
- Fenessa Pineda as Gizelle.
- Marco de la O as Manuel.
- Rick Zingale as Don Miguel.
- Manuel Uriza as Doctor Sergio.
- Mirka Prieto as Lola/Laura.
- Sheila Shah as Alejandra.
- Louis Mandylor and Aaron Cohen portrayed Sheriff and State Police Captain in the opening scene of the international version of the film respectively.
- Plans for a fifth film were announced on and off again since 2008, with different iterations developed and cancelled.
- The film was finally announced in May 2018, with Grunberg attached to direct. Principal photography began in October 2018 in Bulgaria and Spain and ended in December 2018, with additional photography in May 2019.
- Brian Tyler returned to score the film.
- Principal photography began on 02 October 2018 in Bulgaria.
- It was previously scheduled to begin on 01 September 2018, and before that on 27 October 2014, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
- Barraza filmed her scenes in Tenerife (Canary Islands).
- Principal photography was completed on 04 December 2018.
- Additional photography took place at the end of May 2019.
- Rambo: Last Blood was theatrically released in the US on 20 September 2019, to negative reviews, with criticisms aimed at the script, graphic violence, and accusations of racist and xenophobic attitudes toward Mexico.
- With a production budget of $50 million, plus an additional $30 million spent on marketing, the film grossed $91 million worldwide.
- Rambo: First Blood (1982).
- Rambo: First Blood, Part II (1985).
- Rambo III (1988).
- Rambo (2008).
- Rambo: Last Blood (2019).
- Rambo (2020) (Bollywood Remake).
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Adrian Grunberg.
- Producer(s): Avi Lerner, Kevin King-Thompson, Yariv Lerner, and Les Weldon.
- Writer(s): Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone.
- Music: Brian Tyler.
- Cinematography: Brenda Galvin.
- Editor(s): Todd E. Miller and Carsten Kurpanek.
- Production: Millennium Media, Balboa Productions, and Templeton Media.
- Distributor(s): Lionsgate.
- Release Date: 20 September 2019 (US).
- Running time: 89 minutes (US, UK, and Canada) and 101 Minutes (International).
- Country: US.
- Language: English.