Sequels are nothing new in Hollywood, but they’ve evolved. Now we get sequels to old franchises. It used to be a sequel would come 2-5 years after the original. Now there is no time limit. We’re getting a Terminator sequel this year, and though it doesn’t seem as publicized, we are also getting a Rambo sequel. Rambo V: Last Blood is coming at the end of the summer, and a trailer was shown for it at Cannes during a celebration of Stallone’s career.
The trailer was received very well, and Deadline was there to cover the event. Stallone summed up just how Last Blood is different than any of the Rambo movies before it:
“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.”
Home is more of a state of mind than any physical dwelling. So even a house can feel like a war zone for someone suffering from PTSD- which is something Stallone has never shied away from exploring when it comes to the character of John Rambo. He then offered some plot points to film:
“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.”
The girl finds her real father in Mexico and heads there. “Bad things happen,” says Stallone, “There’s going to be some serious vengeance in this movie. A lot of people getting hurt.”
Of course, the conversation also turned to how Rambo compares to his other most famous character: Rocky Balboa. He reprised Rocky twice recently, having said he retired the character in last year’s Creed II.
“Rambo deals with the dark side of nature that most people live with. Rocky is different, he’s more the optimist. There’s optimism and pessimism in these two characters.”
It sounds like Last Blood will offer something new, while still giving fans of the character everything they love. That is about all you can ask for in a sequel. Rocky and Rambo are two sides of a coin for Stallone. He gave the positive one a happy ending. How do you think the negative one will end up?
We will find out when Rambo V: Last Blood hits theaters September 30th.