David Morell’s bestselling debut thriller, First Blood, was adapted for the screen in 1982. Thirty-seven-years later (seriously, how was Sylvester Stallone still making these almost four decades later) Morell said he left the theater “degraded and dehumanized” after watching Rambo: Last Blood, the last installment in the Rambo series.
Morell had some limited involvement with the production of Rambo: Last Blood. Stallone spoke with him during the writing process, but their relationship ended quickly because Morell and Stallone had different visions for the main character. Morell wanted to portray Rambo as a more “soulful” character, tracking down a missing child and creating a new sense of family for himself. The finished script does include Rambo rescuing a friend’s granddaughter from a Mexican cartel, but the vision Morell had for the character is absent.
I felt degraded and dehumanized after I left the theater…Instead of being soulful, this new movie lacks one. I felt I was less a human being for having seen it, and today that’s an unfortunate message.
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Morell’s not alone in his reaction to the new film. Peter Hartlaub, a reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle, had this to say about Rambo: Last Blood:
And Luke Parker, for wegotthiscovered.com, had this to say:
The film is a far cry from the paradigm-shifting First Blood from which it began, and it’s definitely strayed form the vision Morell had for the character.
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Numerous critics have raised concerns about the over-the-top slaughter of the film’s Mexican villains, considering today’s political climate. Morell has distanced himself from the political readings many have made of Rambo: Last Blood, but the Rambo films have always had a political bent, often reflecting on foreign policy after the Vietnam War and during the Reagan era. Morell’s issues with the film seem more to do with the film’s sloppy execution.
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