If there is one actor on the planet who knows how to squeeze all of the juice out of a franchise, it's Sylvester Stallone. He's managed to punch and stab his way into his twilight years over the span of six Rocky films and four Rambo films, as well as many other action blockbusters.

Sadly though, after a lot of confusion and speculation about the possible plot of a fifth Rambo movie, Stallone has been quoted saying that John Rambo is most likely retired for good:

I think Rambo’s pretty well done. I don’t think there’ll be any more. I’m about 99% sure

Although he left himself with 1% worth of wiggle room to change his mind, it seems like he's pretty sure Rambo won't be gutting his way through any more scenic third-world backdrops. It's sad to see the franchise end, but it's nice to see that he has enough respect for the character to let him retire gracefully.

If you were curious, the plot of a fifth Rambo film, which was tentatively titled Rambo V: The Savage Hunt, had the titular character in the midst of a human trafficking debacle in which he is pitted against a “super soldier” with skills that rival his own. Although the term “super soldier” has a certain sci-fi connotation, apparently Rambo's opponent was going to be a soldier who was trained from birth to be an unstoppable killer.

But it's all moot now, which kind of sucks. It could have been an entertaining story. I'm going to miss the over-the-top violence that we saw in 2008's
Rambo. I'm not big on gore, so I didn't think I would enjoy watching bad guys explode like water balloons, but, you know, I really did.  

There hasn't, however, been any denial of the hinted at Rocky VII happening. Another installment in the Rocky saga would make much less sense than another Rambo. We don't need to see Rocky go the full twelve rounds with the Grim Reaper for a chance to make Rocky 8. I don't think that fans would enjoy seeing a spider veined, steroid-jacked, sixty-five year old Stallone get punched in the face; it's uncomfortable to see old people fall down. It would be best to let Rocky and Rambo both retire.

How do you feel about Rambo coming to an end? Is it about time?


5/4/2010 11:52:22 am

Big muscles with veins all over!!! It's unnatural. He looks like a walking caracatcher. It's going to be rough for the guy to get anymore movie deals looking like that. Who would take him seriously. Can you say "The Wrestler"?!!! Those are the kinds of gigs he will have to get. He is decent screenwriter though, so maybe he'll come up with something good he can write himself into. But lets face it, its going to have to be "really" good and unique to draw an audience.

5/4/2010 01:30:08 pm

Yeah I agree. He's got 'The Expendables' coming up soon, with a cast stocked full of action heroes(including Mickey Rourke). Maybe that will be unique enough to keep crowds interested. I was thinking after I saw 'Rambo' that Stallone would make a decent Marcus Fenix in the 'Gears of War' movie that will probably never happen.


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