I have a history of liking action flicks, but today’s typical action flick normally doesn’t do it for me. Be it over the top CGI, or super ludicrous action, they just donate have the same appeal as of old. This movie had been out for a couple of weeks,
I was casually reading some movie reviews, when I fell upon one by an SJW type who did not like it all; for reasons. With that kind of endorsement, I decided to give it a go.
John Rambo has retired to a horse ranch in Arizona. He is acting as a father to his niece (the Mother died, being Rambo’s sister, and the father ran off), who is turning 18 and will soon be off to college. She learns from a childhood friend who moved back to Mexico that the father who abandoned her and her Mom has been located. “Come on down”, the friend says. Rambo warns her not to do it, and she agrees to follow his advice. But then, she just had to know, so off she goes. IT turns out that the father was just as disappointing as she was warned about, leaving her in tears. Her friend suggests that they go to a club to forget out it. After some drugs in her drinks, she carted off to a prostitute under prisoner-like conditions. Rambo gets wind of this and the game is on.
As for the movie, the character development is pretty good, action movie or not. You care about the characters, wishing them to live (unlike some other modern actions movies, e.g Captain Marvel) . The characters have weaknesses, demons, etc, with these not being overplayed.
As for the action, it is 80’s style ludicrous, not the super-duper ludicrous of the present decade. The bad guys are really evil, with Rambo seeking revenge. He tortures, he kills in a gruesome manner, for they all deserve their fate. In the end, Rambo is wounded, kinda like a real person might be. His fate is left ambiguous.
I can see why SJWs dislike the movie because of reasons. To describe why they hate the movie, is to look stupid. Let us explore what might have bothered them.
- It is implied that Rambo’s niece is 18 and a virgin. We can’t have that.
- The niece es’ 18 year old Mexican friend is fat, dresses like tart, is caked with floozy makeup, and is definitely not a virgin. She steals a valuable bracelet from the niece and takes her pieces of silver for for bring the niece to the nightclub to be kidnapped. What’s not to like? We have a slutty Mexican girl who is a villain — bad, bad, bad.
- The Mexican gang that runs the human trafficking/prostitution ring, are just that, Mexicans. We are shown how evil and heartless they are. The implication is that this is how Mexico is. There might be something to that implication.
- The niece’s true father says that she means nothing to him. She has always meant nothing to him. He couldn’t wait to abandon her and her mother. If this was a white guy, there would be no problem here, but he wasn’t white.
- It is implied that the Mexican police are in cahoots with the bad guys. Nothing to see here.
So if you want to see an older style action movie, one where the protagonist is both clever and strong, with good enough character development, and makes SJWs unhappy; then this is your movie.