Sylvester Stallone unleashed the fifth instalment in the Rambo series this weekend and the reception has certainly been far from kind, with Rambo: Last Blood slammed by critics and leaving many fans disappointing by this latest chapter in the iconic action film series.
Now, posting on Twitter, Rambo creator and First Blood author David Morrell has shared his own damning verdict on the movie, stating that: “I agree with these Rambo: Last Blood reviews. The film is a mess. Embarrassed to have my name associated with it.”
“I felt degraded and dehumanised after I left the theatre,” elaborated Morrell in an interview with Newsweek. “Instead of being soulful, this new movie lacks one. I felt I was less a human being for having seen it, and today that’s an unfortunate message. That film is typical of ultra-violent 1970s exploitation ‘grindhouse’ films, the technique of which Rambo: Last Blood resembles. The sets here look cheap. The direction is awkward. Rambo could be called John Smith, and the film wouldn’t change. It assumes the audience is familiar with Rambo’s background, whereas anyone under 40 will wonder what on Earth is going on with those tunnels.”
SEE ALSO: Read our Rambo: Last Blood review here
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Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD marks the last chapter of the legendary series.
Rambo: Last Blood is directed by Adrian Grunberg (Get the Gringo) and sees Sylvester Stallone joined in the cast by Paz Vega (The OA), Sergio Peris-Mencheta (Snowfall), Adriana Barraza (The Strain), Yvette Monreal (Faking It), Oscar Jaenada (The Shallows) and Joaquin Cosio (Narcos: Mexico).