It’s been a long road to Rambo V: Last Blood, but the legendary soldier is set to return for his fifth – and final - mission in 2019. The Rambo series got off to a rocky (no pun intended) beginning, with First Blood kicking around Hollywood for close to a decade. First Blood was based on the novel by David Morrell and followed a disturbed Vietnam vet who launches a one-man war on a small town. Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen turned it down until Stallone finally tied on the bandana.
Luckily, wiser heads prevailed and First Blood proved to be a surprise hit. Stallone returned again for Rambo: First Blood Part II, which upped the action and body count significantly and helped cement the character’s iconic status in pop culture. The third time wasn’t the charm, however, with 1988’s Rambo III proving to be a disappointing end to the trilogy, both critically and financially. Stallone has never been a man to let a viable franchise die without a fight, though, so he dusted off Rambo's bow & arrow again for 2008’s spectacularly bloody Rambo.
Now, over a decade later, Stallone is back for Rambo’s supposed last mission. Rambo V: Last Blood, which has been in various stages of development since the previous installment hit theates in 2008, comes from director Adrian Grunberg (Get The Gringo) and sees the retired legend back in the war zone.
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Sylvester Stallone Returns One Final Time For Rambo V: Last Blood
While Sylvester Stallone isn’t necessarily a stranger to retiring a character - only to come back again years later (as Stallone returned as Rocky Balboa for Creed, for instance) - it appears Rambo V: Last Blood will definitely be his last outing in this particular role. Part of the delay with Rambo V was Stallone’s belief the final scene of Rambo, where the character comes out of self-imposed exile to finally return home, was a fitting end to the character's arc.
For years, Stallone has stated a potential Rambo V would be the end of the road for John Rambo, and when he wrapped filming on Rambo V: Last Blood, he posted a video reflecting on his time with the series. Stallone also alluded to his retirement as Rocky Balboa following Creed 2, having handed the reins of that series over to Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed. Reports even state The Expendables 4 could mark the end of that franchise as well, thus suggesting that Stallone is wrapping up his action hero legacy.
Rambo V: Last Blood Releases On …
An exact release date for Rambo V: Last Blood has yet to be confirmed, though both Stallone and the movie’s own teaser poster state that Rambo V will release in fall 2019. Many of Stallone’s recent starring roles – including both Creed movies – have bowed theatrically around November, so in or around that month feels like a solid bet for Rambo V: Last Blood’s release window. This is something that Lionsgate should announce somewhat soon as production wrapped in December 2018.
What Rambo V: Last Blood Images Reveal
One of the very first images revealed from Rambo V: Last Blood took many people by surprise; it was the titular character himself dressed up in cowboy gear. This, of course, won’t be his look throughout the entire movie, as John Rambo only wears this getup working on his farm. Other Rambo V images reveal Rambo hiding out in his "man cave," where he stores his weapons and photos of his time in Vietnam. Stallone also debuted the first look at Rambo’s giant new Heartstopper knife and revealed that the character will once again make use of a bow & arrow.
Stallone himself has shared many Rambo V photos and videos from the movie's set, and he has promised to share a new still everyday leading up to Rambo V: Last Blood’s release. These images will also come with story context, but they may not reveal too much about the movie's plot.
What We Know about Rambo V: Last Blood's Story
The plot of Rambo V: Last Blood can be essentially be summed up as Taken in Mexico. Rambo V finds the retired soldier working on his family farm in Arizona but suffering from PTSD, and he spends most of his nights drinking. That’s when Maria, who has worked at Rambo’s farm all her life, seeks his help when her daughter is kidnapped. At that point, Rambo dusts off his trusty knife and seeks out a sex trafficker and, after torturing the man, he learns Maria’s daughter was sold to a particularly brutal Mexican cartel.
Rambo, then, travels to Mexico to rescue her and enlists the help of Carmen Delgado, a reporter also searching for her kidnapped sister. Rambo’s search leads him into the path of Hugo Martinez, the vicious leader of the cartel who is more than a match for the aging ex-soldier. Some reports suggest there might also be a flashback to John Rambo’s younger days with Stallone being de-aged for the scene. Given how far de-aging technology has come and how prevalent it is in Hollywood blockbusters, it's not a far-fetched idea.