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.