The Centralian advocate Fri 4 Oct 2019
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FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 19 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA IF at first you dont succeed, kill, and kill again WITH Rambo: Last Blood, we are presented with a surprise fifth outing for Sylvester Stallones relentlessly redoubtable vengeance machine, John Rambo. We first made the acquaintance of the man all the way back in 1982, and it is not unfair to state that his many anger-mismanagement issues have only continued to worsen over the past 37 years. After spending much of his career playing away at farflung locales such as Thailand, Afghanistan and Burma, Rambo is finally granted a home game. Thats right. John Rambo is back in the good ol US of A once more his late dads ranch in Arizona, to be exact for his latest cranky kill-fest. No-one in their right mind would go hailing Last Blood a classic. Most would be reluctant to go as far to call it a movie. However, completist collector-types who want to boast theyve seen the lot will gladly sit through an opening hour of calamitously clunky set-up for a final half-hour of Rambo going brutally bananas on a major Mexican crime syndicate. Sleazy, greasy stereotypes all, the menacing Mexicanos have sex-trafficked Rambos beloved niece, (Yvette Monreal, inset below) and signed their own collective death sentence as a result. Rambo heads south of the border for a while to smack em around a bit, then heads home to rig his property with a bewildering array of boobytraps for when the enemy inevitably requests a rematch. The violence in this picture is arguably the most vicious to ooze down a screen in 2019. Bones are snapped like toothpicks. Hearts are hacked out of chests. Heads say goodbye to shoulders. While Rambo teeters on the brink of losing his marbles, you will be fighting with all your might not to lose your lunch. As for 73-year-old Stallone, he spends the picture concentrating manfully on forming partial sentences between committing acts of complete butchery. If what he is doing here can be considered a performance and there are moments it seems Stallone is unaware the cameras are rolling then his work ranks as the strangest by a leading man in living memory. Stallone moves like a stretch Hummer attempting a U-turn in a suburban driveway, emotes like an Easter Island statue, and speaks in a voice so consistently incoherent you would swear you are listening to someone mumbling to themselves at the bottom of a mineshaft. RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD opens at the Alice Springs Cinema on October 17. FILM REVIEWPlease be the last one... AT THE MOVIES WITH LEIGH PAATSCH hk Director: Adrian Grunberg Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal, Paz Vega Summary: Vietnam War veteran John Rambo tries to find some semblance of peace by raising horses on a ranch in Arizona. RAMBO: LAST BLOOD R18+ Sylvester Stallone Sergio Peris-Mencheta Paz Vega
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