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Rambo: Last Blood Ending Explained: Rambo Comes Home
By WITNEY SEIBOLD
"Rambo: Last Blood" brings John Rambo's story to a very weird end. With his unlimited moral license to commit horrifying violence when provoked, Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) is no different from Bugs Bunny. For someone of good taste, the film is little more than disappointing.
Going back to Ted Kotcheff’s very first Rambo film, “First Blood,” it’s shocking how downbeat and antiwar it was. As a soldier, Rambo was trained to hunt and murder, and in the process, he became a tragic symbol of PTSD and how badly veterans were treated after the Vietnam War.
That changed with "Rambo: First Blood Part II” and “Rambo III.” Rambo became the epitome of military might, with a mission to return to Vietnam and rescue American POWs, as well as single-handedly defeat Russia in the Cold War, which was perfect for American military fetishists.
“Last Blood” was released during Donald Trump’s presidency, and was unsurprisingly rife with racist and xenophobic undertones about Mexican bad guys. This time, Rambo had to save his business partner’s teenage daughter from the jaws of an evil Mexican drug cartel. 10/10 for originality.
With cliched American depictions of Mexico as a run-down territory with smoggy brown lighting, “Last Blood’s” ending taps into violent, racist fantasies with a 70-something-year-old Rambo indulging in a final bloodbath before passing on in his rocking chair. What a strange end for a character with PTSD.