Does Rambo die in Last Blood? A fitting farewell for Sylvester Stallone’s icon

Rambo: Last Blood dir. Adrian Grunberg 2019

Since the trailer dropped we're all asking one troubling question: Does Rambo die in Last Blood?

Sylvester Stallone's plagued Vietnam veteran drew first blood way back in 1982, but does Rambo die in Last BloodOver the decades, the character has cemented himself in popular culture and is without a doubt a cinematic icon. Many consider the first film to be the actor's finest outing; although, Rocky fans would certainly have something to say about that. 

Nevertheless, Rambo is one of the most well-known action men of the eighties, who boasts a lifespan beyond that decade. We've seen Stallone reprise the character numerous times, most recently in a fourth instalment.

2008's Rambo wasn't exactly a hit with critics, but audiences seemed to enjoy the star's belated return and would have welcomed another entry soon after. That was the plan, and yet, it just didn't work out... until now. 

Rambo Last Blood dir. Adrian Grunberg 2019

What is the plot of Rambo: Last Blood?

The trailer dropped recently and it was immediately clear that director Adrian Grunberg has a new vision for the series. We are reintroduced to an aged Rambo, who appears to have lived a quiet and tranquil life since we last witnessed him in action. 

Unfortunately, this is Rambo, and vengeance will prevent him from experiencing true peace. After a friend's daughter is kidnapped by the Mexican cartel, the character embarks on a daring rescue mission to bring her back. 

Does Rambo die in Last Blood?

According to IMDb, Rambo: Last Blood will be the last chapter in the series. Considering the film is a confirmed farewell, there's a good reason to believe that he will. 

The trailer does a great job of conveying two contrasting tones. Essentially, the expository moments feel melancholic and reflective; after all, this is a character deeply traumatised by his past. It's also beautifully shot, but then the second half teases violence, gore and guns. 

Rambo is up against an army here, and the times have indeed changed. We're sure he'll put up a hell of a fight, but can he really survive such an onslaught? Hopefully, he does, and the film's final moments offer a fond farewell with the character gazing into the distance, content in his achievements. However, that's incredibly optimistic. 


Sylvester Stallone's Logan?

It's been confirmed as the final film, and the trailer definitely evokes another recent cinematic swansong: James Mangold's Logan. Hugh Jackman had been playing Wolverine for years, and here, he finally said goodbye to the character in a wonderful and emotional send-off. 

The film infused elements of the western genre, and we're certainly getting similar vibes from Stallone's cowboy in the Last Blood trailer. Along with the colour palettes and contemplative tone touched upon, we're justifiably anticipating something similar from the Rambo series' conclusion. Here's to wishing Stallone, Grunberg  - and indeed, the entire cast and crew - a great success. 

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