Reviews for the just released “Rambo: Last Blood” don’t paint a good picture. The film is currently sitting on a 31% score on Rotten Tomatoes and has been widely slammed not for its ultra-violence (which is pretty extreme) but rather for its muddled politics, poor scripting, character inconsistencies and dated sensibility.
Now one of the key people related to the franchise, creator David Morrell whose 1972 novel “First Blood” served as the basis for the original film, has spoken on social media about the film – effectively disavowing it. He re-tweeted a poor review of the film from USA Today and added: “I agree with these Rambo: Last Blood reviews. The film is a mess. Embarrassed to have my name associated with it.”
Interestingly one of the responses asked him what he thought of the previous film in the saga, the 2008 fourth entry set in Burma. He says: “RAMBO IV had overlong action scenes, but the director’s cut has excellent dialogue and understands the character. ‘Wars. Old men start them. Young men fight them. Nobody wins.'”
“Rambo: Last Blood” opens this weekend against “Ad Astra” and “Downton Abbey”. In Thursday night previews, the new “Rambo” came last of the three.