Trivia for Rambo: Last Blood
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- Sylvester Stallone originally stated that a fifth Rambo movie wasn't going to happen, as he planned on retiring the character.
- Rambo 5 was briefly green lit and was in development using the story line of The Savage Hunt, an unrelated sci fi novel that Stallone owns the rights of. It would have seen Rambo tracking down a genetically engineered beast that had broken out of a laboratory. After an outcry from fans Stallone nixed this angle and a new storyline focusing on a Mexican slavery angle was proposed, Mickey Rourke was approached for the role of the villain. After a time Stallone rethought this and decided that he was happy to leave the character of Rambo at the end of his last film that saw him return home to his farm. Since then Stallone has revived the idea and is pyshing ahead with production of the movie in the Mexican slave trade angle.
- This is rumoured to be the final Rambo movie.
- The plot to this movie was intended for Rambo (2008) but changed. It was also partially used for Homefront (2013) with Jason Statham.
- Mickey Rourke is rumored to appear.
- The studio Lionsgate viewed the first cut of the movie on April 5, 2019.
- The first Rambo movie that Sylvester Stallone doesn't have long hair as in the previous films.
- The song used in the trailer is Old Town Road - Remix by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.
- On December 6, 2018, Stallone stated that this would be the last "Rambo" film, saying that his character would "finally find what he assumes to be peace." However, at Cannes 2019, Stallone stated that he would continue to play the character of John Rambo, should "Rambo: Last Blood" prove to be successful.
- Re-shoots and additional photography took place at the end of May/early June 2019.
- The first film in the series which John Rambo doesn't have long hair, and headband.
- Released 11 years after Rambo (2008).
- It's speculated Sylvester Stallone is retiring from playing John Rambo after 37 years due to his age and wants the franchise to end on a high note.
- Stallone stated on his personal Instagram account, "Great day! We got our HARD R rating today! What's coming is going to be unlike anything you have ever seen..."
- At 89 minutes, this is the shortest film in the 'Rambo' series.
- After initial filming was done and first cut of the movie was put together, it was test screened in spring of 2019, and following additional photography and re-shoots, different cuts were edited and test screened throughout next few months, and movie was still being edited just weeks before theatrical release and before final cut was done. However, at last minute movie was cut down even further to be shorter and faster paced, which is why final theatrical cut is barely 90 minutes long and why all the trailers for the film show some deleted scenes and dialogue.
- There are two different versions on release depending on the countries, a 89mn version (USA, UK), and a 101mn version (France, Australia).
- The first entry in the series where Richard Crenna's character Colonel Samuel Trautmam is not featured or referenced. In the first to third films he appeared, but by the fourth film the actor had passed away and Stallone ultimately decided not to recast him, though archive footage was used in a dream sequence.
- Some versions of the film included an alternate opening scene where Rambo rescues two people from a raging storm.
- While he was generally positive of the previous film, David Morrell, author Rambo (2008), the creator of Rambo, publicly called this film "a mess" and a "clumsy exploitation film", and said he was embarrassed to have his name associated with it. Morrell added that his story ideas for the script were rejected and claimed "Rambo could be called John Smith, and the film wouldn't change." He also criticized the fact that the film didn't reference Rambo's Vietnam experiences more clearly: "It assumes the audience is familiar with Rambo's background, whereas anyone under 40 will wonder what on Earth is going on with those tunnels."
- The movie "The return of Billy Jack " which was never completed , had a similar plot. Where the hero goes up against sex traffickers. Tom Laughlin was injured during filming. And when he got better to complete the movie. Most of the money was gone. So they had to scrap the project. Rambo in this movie takes on sex traffickers.
- The film is considered to be the Logan (2017) of the Rambo franchise and the film bares similarities with Logan:. Both films are about the aging main protagonists forced to confront their violent pasts. In the film, Rambo is seen burying someone close to him. Rambo lives in isolation in the American Southwest, only for violence to return. Rambo reflects on his legacy as a career soldier. The villains interrupts Rambo's life. Rambo ventures into a conflict which he is outnumbered and outgunned and Sylvester Stallone confirmed that the film is his final appearance as John Rambo.
- Stallone floated the idea of a Rambo movie called The Savage Hunt, which introduced a science fiction angle that would jave seen Rambo hunting down an escape mutant soldier from a military lab. This was based upon an unrelated novel that Stallone owner the movie rights.
- The film could end with the death of John Rambo.
- Plot hole: it is never revealed what is the purpose of the tunnels underneath Rambo's ranch. If the tunnels were meant to lure and protect the Mexican cartel, they are anachronistic as they precede the kidnapping and enslavement of Rambo's daughter.
- After the montage of all the Rambo movies at the end, there is a scene where the wounded Rambo is riding away on horseback.
- First in the series Rambo does not fire weaponry of 7.62 mm caliber+ bullets.
- Most of the booby traps set by Rambo in the tunnels were the same type of traps used by the North Viet Cong on American soldiers. It's purpose was to maim, but Rambo used it to disable his enemies so he can easily kill them.
- Sylvester Stallone stated at Cannes 2019 that he would consider doing a sixth film if Last Blood succeeds. This seems to be hinted at, if not confirmed, during the credits where the wounded Rambo can be seen riding off on a horse, despite the last scene of the film itself appearing to imply that he intends to sit on his porch until he dies.
- The wounded Rambo riding away on his horse into the sunset is a nod to the ending of Shane (1953) which the wounded title protagonist Alan Ladd rides away into the sunset.
- This movie parallels to the sequence of events in First Blood (1982). Rambo imposes his will of moral justice directly to a dominant group at substantial odds, loses, and later wins when using covert approaches and taking down members of his opposition individually.