The proposed plot of the fifth installment changed a couple of times over the last decade. The film was initially pitched as Rambo V: The Savage Hunt, in which Rambo would lead a special forces team on a mission to take down a genetically engineered creature. While it would have been interesting to see Rambo dive into a Sci-fi/Action thriller, they eventually decided to keep the movie closer to the franchise’s roots.
In 2011, a new screenplay was written by Sean Hood, which he said would be “more in line with the small-town thriller of First Blood.” This idea ties nicely into the title of this film, Last Blood. It looks like they returned to the original 2009 pitch, which involved a story of Rambo battling drug cartels. Whether he is still going to be rescuing the kidnapped daughter of a friend of his remains uncertain, but here, it appears that he does have encounters with a Mexican drug cartel.
Once the action picks up, it picks up quickly.
Could this gang possibly know who Rambo is, or what he is capable of? Here we see him giving a note to Sergio Peris-Mencheta, who was cast as the violent leader of the cartel.
That’s a lot of guns to be held up against one man. At the very least, they seem to be taking the threat of him seriously…
…until they beat the living daylights out of him. He seems to accept this without much fighting back, likely due to being wildly outnumbered and outgunned. However, Stallone’s voiceover reminds us that he is not one to mess with.
“And if they come looking for me…they will welcome death.”