For our next installment of ‘Rambo 5 Week’ – this is the fourth update on the project in the last 8 days – we have for you the (crazy) official synopsis for Rambo V: The Savage Hunt.
Here’s the story so far: Last Monday we reported that Rambo 5 was given the green light and it would start production in the spring. The story would apparently follow John along the U.S.-Mexico border as he annihilates drug lords in an attempt to rescue a kidnapped daughter.
A few days later, Harry at Ain’t It Cool News spoke with Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone, and found out that what we heard about the story wasn’t accurate. The fifth installment would instead follow the aging warrior in the Pacific Midwest, back where he originated, where he’d lead a black ops team to take down some sort of supersoldier(s) born out of a failed experiment in a secret military lab in the area.
It doesn’t stop there though; we quickly heard from a Stallone voicemail shortly thereafter that the movie wasn’t so much sci-fi as was reported and the comparisons to the Universal Soldier movies were completely off. It seemed many had misinterpreted what was said originally.
Instead, Stallone revealed that the film would follow him against a beast of man who’d completely lost control and escaped the facility. He’d be primitive in a sense but he’d have the capability to survive rivaled only by that of John Rambo. This military installation was instead working on people starting from when they were kids to unleash the savageness inside of them, turning them into intelligent and fearless warriors.
So, what we’ve heard about Rambo 5 has gone back and forth along with the reaction of readers. The latest news of the movie following Rambo hunting his equal sounded pretty cool and was a more believable plot thread than the supersoldier idea.
Now comes more news from Ain’t It Cool News that what we heard previous wasn’t too far off. The following synopsis was sent to Harry:
Reading this, I’m surprised at this sentence: “a TEAM of highly skilled SPECIAL FORCES KILL TEAM” – what does that mean? And the idea of Rambo having a young hunting partner named “Beau” is unusual as well.
John Rambo vs. the Half-Human Abomination
So, the villain is in fact some sort of sci-fi creature. Described as a “half-human abomination” created out of genetic experiments, this thing is certainly different than what we heard when Stallone tried to clear up the confusion in his voice mail. How about the description of its thirst for blood and it maybe being immortal?
Going back to what I said in my first report on the plot of Rambo 5, it almost sounds like an April Fool’s joke. This is all a bit extreme. I know the Rambo franchise is far from real but this is certainly out of the ordinary and I’m curious as to how fans will react.
For me, I’m laughing thinking about it because I’m having trouble taking this seriously at the moment, but I’m honestly all for it either way. I’m just interested in seeing the character back on screen fighting/killing something bad and this fits the bill.
How’s this for an ending: John Rambo ripping the head off of this half-human abomination with his bare hands? Reading this synopsis, I wonder if he’d eat it afterwards… becoming… immortal… or something? Is that partner really named Beau? Will Beau survive to lead a new franchise? Will Rocky fight a supernatural/superhuman next? Is this synopsis even real?
In all seriousness though, the partner doesn’t fit with how that last film ended with Rambo being the outcasted loner. The story details revealed here are very inconsistent with what was said before and the plot seems to be based on the novel titled Hunter by author James Byron Huggins. The same novel that was optioned a while back to be a film with Stallone. I guess he decided to work it under the Rambo brand instead of having it as a standalone film – the lead character does mesh perfectly with that of John Rambo though.
Just to see for yourself, here’s an excerpt from a review of ‘Hunter’ Rick Kleffel from back in 1999:
“In ‘Hunter’, James Byron Huggins offers up a novel designed to become the next Sylvester Stallone movie, a sort of ‘Predator’ set in the wilds of Alaska. But unlike ‘Predator’, ‘Hunter’ offers up both a hero and a monster that are unstoppable killing machines. In prose, the meeting of two perfect forces of nature comes off as a yawn not a yahoo.
Hunter is the ultimate tracker, the world’s best man in the wilderness. He can survive for days with just a knife, he can talk to his enormous pet wolf, he can follow spoor that even the most advanced technology cannot detect. He lives like a mountain man, coming and going as he pleases. He’s also a multi-millionaire with houses scattered around the world, the inventor of several important patented medicines, and a philanthropist who supports an institute for the study of cryptozoology. So, he’s the perfect choice to track the latest genetic experiment that’s gone wild. This creature, part human, part “something else”, has become an unstoppable killing machine. It has no conscience, and unfortunately, no character. ‘Hunter’ rapidly becomes a case of the irresistible force meets the unmovable object.”
This now explains why the teaser poster has the wolf-face on it – it matches the cover to ‘Hunter’ as shown here:
What do you think of this plot synopsis?
Rambo V: The Savage Hunt is set to begin production next spring.