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RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

Rated: R

Release Date: September 20, 2019

Director: Adrian Grunberg

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal

Plot: Rambo must return to his violent ways after his niece is taken by Mexican human traffickers

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

Do you remember that scene in HOME ALONE where the kid is looking over a map of his house and plotting all of the traps he is going to set for the bad guys? And then we see little Kevin setting up the house of horrors? Well, imagine that movie all grown up and every trap that gets set is going to kill someone in a brutal and gory way. 

 

RAMBO LAST BLOOD, meet HOME ALONE. You two are going to get along great, you have a ton of stuff in common.

 

Here's the deal. If you are wanting nothing more than a bunch of explosions, some cringe-worthy death scenes, and a couple of good fights then you will get everything you want out of this flick. If you are a person who cares about things like plot and intelligent dialogue this film should be avoided at all costs. 

 

While I did want to keep referring to Rambo as Killer Kevin from HOME ALONE, for the most part I found the action to be fun and exciting. However there was one major exception. The end of the big fight near the end of the movie is absolutely hilarious...but it isn't supposed to be. It is so ridiculous and insane that all you can do is laugh at the stupidity. 

 

As far as action flicks go this one is middle of the road at best. It's not one that will stick with you or become a cult classic like the original. Maybe it's just best if we all pretend that this one doesn't even exist. 

 

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CREED II

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: November 21, 2018

Director: Steven Caple, Jr.

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu

Plot: Adonis Creed is challenged by the son of the man that killed his father.

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

ROCKY IV came out in 1985. 33 years later ROCKY IV was re-released under the name CREED II. It's the same story, the same characters, the same boxing match, and slightly different story lines. Ho-hum.

 

Is it a good movie? It has its moments, but it is also a forgettable film. There was nothing great about it that will stick with you long after you see it. It's just another chapter in the ROCKY world. If you are invested in the franchise, you might as well see it, but it's not going to be at the top of your list when you rank all of the films.

 

There is one thing about this film that was very troubling to me though. (Tiny spoilers that have very little to do with the main story ahead). Bianca, Adonis Creed's girlfriend has a hearing impairment that is severe enough that she can't hear without hearing aids. It is a hereditary condition, and over the course of the film they have a baby. Everyone is worried about whether the child will be deaf or not. In the hospital there is this exchange between Rocky and Adonis. 

 

NOTE: This is an accurate paraphrase. I only saw it once, so I'm sure some of the wording is incorrect, but the context is accurate.

 

ROCKY: What if she's not okay?

 

ADONIS: She's okay. I'm not going to think any other way.

 

ROCKY: Yeah, buy what if she's not?

 

ADONIS: I can't even think that way.

 

ROCKY: Will you be able to love her?

 

ADONIS: That's a stupid question! Of course I'll love her!

 

First of all, I am shocked that this scene made the final cut without anyone realizing how offensive it is to people with hearing impairments. They are okay either way. How ridiculous and offensive to say that a person with a hearing impairment is not "okay". 

 

I know a lot of people that have medical conditions or have children with medical conditions that are all "okay." And if someone walked up to them and said something like, "do you ever wish they were okay?," the asker would be in grave danger of catching a fist with their face.

 

If you are reading this and saying, yes, that sounds terrible, I would implore you to go see the movie, make up your own mind as to the meaning of the scene (after all, I could be totally wrong in my assessment), and if you still feel the same way, let the studio know your displeasure.

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CREED

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: Nivember 25, 2015

Director: Ryan Coogler

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson

Plot: The son of Apollo Creed tries to make a name for himself in the boxing world, but his legendary father is always lurking

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Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

This is a ROCKY for a new generation. It is powerful, emotional and most importantly, it's a good film.

 

The movie went a lot deeper than I expected it to go. It got down inside the main characters so we could really understand their strengths, flaws, and motivations.The performances by all of the main players were great. Not quite award-worthy, but still fine acting all around.

 

There are several predictable and cliche moments throughout the movie, but those can easily be pushed aside since the entirety of the film is so well done.

 

And, in true ROCKY fashion, they did leave it open for the possibility of a sequel.