Sylvester Stallone released the fourth movie in the “Rambo” franchise in 2008, and it seemed like the perfect ending, with the final movie and the first film a perfect bookends to the story of John Rambo. However, it appears now that the franchise might not be over with yet, despite the closure of the final film.
The news just hit that a fifth John Rambo movie is on the way, based on a script by Sylvester Stallone. As a matter of fact, Stallone called the script his version of “No Country for Old Men,” which makes one wonder if the final chapter of the Rambo franchise will also be the final chapter for John Rambo altogether. With a new movie coming, here is a look at what came before.
The first movie with Rambo was “First Blood,” and was the only film not including the name Rambo in the title. Based on the novel by the same name, the movie is about a veteran returning from the Vietnam War and is traveling on foot through a small town in Washington. Because of his long hair and military coat, the local sheriff decides to kick him out of the town, and when Rambo refuses to leave, the sheriff and his deputies torture him. After suffering through a POW flashback, he snaps and a war between Rambo and the town’s law ensues.
Rambo at War
After the great personal story from the first movie, things just went crazy with the second and third movies. The second film, “Rambo: First Blood Part II” saw Rambo released from prison and tasked with returning to Vietnam to search for missing POWs. Thanks to his actions in this movie, he gets his Presidential pardon. “Rambo III” lives proudly in the complete cold war Reagan-era action movie era. In this third movie, Rambo accompanies the military to Afghanistan and ends up battling the Soviets.
That ended the franchise for 20 years. When Rambo returned, the movie was a nice mixture of the original “First Blood” movie and the war movies. In “Rambo,” a woman pleads with John Rambo to help lead her into Burma with some missionaries to help those in need. What results might be the bloodiest movie in the series but also a very personal one that allows Rambo to finally find peace and return home for the first time since the Vietnam War. It was a perfect conclusion to his story.