Sylvester Stallone just keeps going back to the same well, doesn’t he? That’s why we got three Expendables movies, and will be getting a fourth, when one would have done. That’s why we got six Rocky movies, with a spin-off coming down the pipeline. And that’s why everyone’s favorite damaged Vietnam vet, John Rambo, will once again shuffle his way through the jungle and enact all sorts of carnage. Actually, he will shuffle through the desert, as the fifth film in the series will see Rambo take on a Mexican drug cartel.
The project has been described somewhat grandiosely as Stallone’s No Country For Old Men (stop laughing.) Expect an elegiac tone, wild horses against a purple sunset, long passages of silence, and an awful lot of bloodshed. Perhaps it should be called No Country For Old Men Who Eat Things That Would Make a Billy-Goat Puke. Actually, come to think of it, novelist Cormac McCarthy’s style has often been called laconic, and Rambo is not exactly verbose. At least it has a great name (one that we hope is accurate): Last Blood.