The latest Rambo film had a decent weekend at the box office – but the man who created the character wasn’t impressed.
Sylvester Stallone’s apparent swansong as John Rambo arrived in cinemas over the weekend, to not very pleasant reviews but perfectly decent box office. In fact, the film should return a comfortable profit for Lionsgate by the time funds are collected.
Reviews of the film were heavily embargoed, with no official UK press screening for the movie in the UK. It’s one for audiences and not critics, clearly. But when those reviews did come out, they were pretty much uniformly damning.
The creator of the Rambo character is novelist David Morrell, who introduced the character in his 1972 novel First Blood. Furthermore, Morrell was behind the novelisation of the second and third Rambo movies.
But he’s had no involvement with the latter films, in particular Rambo: Last Blood. And by the look of his Twitter account, he got to see the movie when it was released with the rest of us.
It’d be fair to conclude that he’s not a fan of what he saw.
In fact, he’s firmly on the side of the reviewers, as he took to his Twitter account to confirm…
— _DavidMorrell (@_DavidMorrell) September 20, 2019
That said, even though he’s not keen, there’s enough of an audience out there with affection for the character to keep his screen adventures going. It’d be a brave person to fully rule out a further Rambo adventure…
Rambo: Last Blood is now playing in cinemas.
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