nicksav’s review published on Letterboxd:
Rambo: First Blood is a genuine classic of American cinema. An action movie that's also a deep character study that's also a highly political and studious reflection of America of the time.
The franchise started to go downhill after that, descending into meathead action yarns which, whilst stylish, had little of the smarts of that original.
And now we have Rambo: Last Blood - A morally vile and retrograde action movie that looked old and outdated in the 80s. In this reported last instalment, John Rambo is now an all American cowboy, living on a horse ranch with his adoptive family. But when his adoptive daughter gets herself into trouble across the border, Rambo journeys into Mexico, to teach those scuzzy Mexicans a thing or two about good old fashioned American values.
Yes, Rambo Last Blood is the perfect film for Trump's America, where every Mexican is either a drug dealer or sex trafficking asshole and the only way to deal with them is by dismembering them beyond all recognition. So, if the Rambo movies have ever been a reflection of the times in which they were made, then this one sure does reflect America as it is today.