Yup, you read that right. Sylvester Stallone is back as John fucking Rambo, and he's here to beat, stab, and shoot bad guys full of holes and pepper them with arrows in Rambo5: Last Blood — and in the process, remind us just how far removed the franchise is from the original film, First Blood.
The 1982 action blockbuster First Blood is a tragic (albeit Hollywoodized) story of a decorated Vietnam veteran who struggled to cope with post-traumatic stress and a loss of identity after his service. Home from war, John Rambo travels to a small rural town in search of an old friend, only to find that he passed away. The townsfolk are apathetic and distant, and the town sheriff is outright hostile. To them, Rambo is little more than a weapon of war — a tool that doesn't belong in civilized society. The film ends with an acknowledgement that war sometimes stays with the warrior when Stallone delivers the iconic line: "Nothing is over."
Turns out, neither is this franchise.
Next came Rambo 2, 3, and 4, which were action flicks, through and through. Gone was the thoughtful reflection on service and sacrifice, interwoven with the action and violence of the first movie. Instead it was just all-caps RAMBO and his physics defying mayhem, again, and again, and again. Based on the May 30 teaser trailer for Rambo 5, the latest installment in the 37-year-old franchise, which premieres later this year, it might end up being more of the same.
Directed by Adrian Grunberg, Rambo 5: Last Blood picks up with our aging war hero retired to a ranch in Arizona, where he takes the odd job here and there, and rides a horse because, well, it's Arizona. That's about all the trailer gives us in terms of story line — that and that a bunch of bad guys get torn to ribbons because they wouldn't stay off his lawn. Wait, wrong guy. Honest mistake.
However, thanks to a Screendaily article from May 2018, we have some idea why Rambo returns to his never-ending war: A long-time friend asks for his help in finding her grand-daughter, who went missing somewhere in Mexico, presumably kidnapped by a bunch of nefarious drug cartel goons.
Now, none of this is to say Rambo 5 won't be entertaining. It will. It's Rambo after all.
Thanks to the 72-year-old actor's inability to stop wrecking house (see: Expendables 1, 2, 3, and soon 4), we'll once again see Stallone maim, maul, and mow down hordes of bad guys. It's also likely we'll some different kinds of action than the saga has given us before. Considering that more than a decade has passed since 2008's Rambo 4, we can assume that the newest flick will follow the lead of recent action blockbusters, which lean heavily on the expertise of military technical advisers — many of whom are vets themselves — to create action sequences that are entertaining to watch, without being so over the top that they're campy.
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.
"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.
From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.
At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.
But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.