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The biggest fight of Hollywood: Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rambo Last Blood’ vs Liam Neeson’s ‘Taken’

Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo last blood trailer just drooped and we can’t help but notice an uncanny resemblance to the famous Liam Neeson- starrer ‘Taken’. It’s now Sylvester Stallone vs Liam Neeson folks!

“When his daughter is kidnapped, Liam Neeson crosses the U.S. Border to bring her home but finds himself up against one of the most ruthless cartels.”

Set to release on 20 September 2019, the movie trailer has left us unsatisfied. We know that Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood plot is an adaptation from the life of a celebrated World War II hero but we believe that the director Grunberg, went a little too far this time.

No! we meant Rambo. Stallone does this exact same thing in the Rambo: Last Blood’s plot. The synopsis of the ‘official trailer’ itself proves our whole point that Taken is the original story. But we’d love to explain further in detail.

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Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood has Taken cue from Liam Neeson’s legacy | Hollywood | Entertainment | DKODING

The trailer is Taken masked as Rambo: Last Blood

It can’t go unnoticed that the trailer feels more like a ‘Taken remake’ than the Rambo movies where Stallone plays our Italian stallion. The truth of the moment is that he’s a 73 years old growing grey, no longer in the army. 

But even then, John Rambo is seen performing the same stunts on repeat, stunts we believe no old man should perform. The trailer shows more of the Last Blood plot, than the 73-year-old Sylvester doing things in fast flashes as who would actually believe that a really old man crossed the border to rescue and get back a friend’s daughter.

The Uncanny and disappointing similarity

We’ve all seen the Rambo-First Blood franchise and not missed the famous Taken franchise too. The only different thing we were able to see in the trailer is that Stallone saves his ‘friends’ daughter while Neeson saves his own daughter.

The trailer is so similar to the Taken plot that it has a whole shot where Rambo takes a call. He then talks about his missing friend’s daughter and argues to get her back just like Liam Neeson does.

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Rambo Series was never this predictable

Rambo last blood is an old tale repeating itself again and again, with Sylvester’s every next move being predictable. Although we believe that Sylvester Stallone is an impeccable actor but because of the mundane storyline the movie is going to be foreseeable and unsurprising. 

The Rambo movie franchise has been a 37 years long journey plot with the First Blood’s release in 1982, Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985, Rambo III 1988 and Rambo 2008, and a fifth film, Rambo: Last Blood, set to be released in 2019.

So, did director Grunberg really take cue from Taken?

In an interview Grunberg, the director said, “It’s definitely much more tackled in this one,”( Rambo’s PTSD from his years serving his country). “That’s one subject we really wanted to delve into because it has become throughout the years a much more widely used term and a much more widely talked about subject. And Rambo being who he is… is the prime candidate to suffer from it, and he isn’t going to shy away from it. It makes him more human.” 

“The violence is there but I think you’ll find that – although it is at times very violent – there is a thought process to it,” he said. “Rambo, the character, he doesn’t kill anybody who doesn’t deserve to die.”

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Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood has Taken cue from Liam Neeson’s legacy | Hollywood | Entertainment|DKODING

There might not be another Rambo flick, and honestly, we’ll be relieved 

Grunberg also discussed ‘if’ the movie would be the last Rambo film. And while there’s still potential for sequels, Last Blood “closes the circle.” 

“And I have to say,” he added, “I hope – on a personal and selfish level – this is the last one. There’s a very poetic feeling to this movie. If it is the last one, I think people will be thankful for it. They will be… satisfied.” 

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. We believe that because Grunberg was so focused on showing Rambo’s post-traumatic stress disorder and him dealing with it. He lost the actual essence of the movie which was the raw, Stallone plot that people have adored over almost four decades. 

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Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood has Taken cue from Liam Neeson’s legacy | Hollywood | Entertainment | DKODING

How the world has been Taken and doesn’t suit Rambo anymore

There will be things that will be missing as Rambo originals like 80’s action, a slick pace. It has a series of great moments like (a random soldier being shot by an exploding arrow). This created fun times at the movies. It sets the tone very well and keeps the viewer engrossed. Rambo as a bold, brave, ultimate hero, whereas now he’s seen chasing after things rather than solving world problems by killing. 

We will miss the actor’s punch lines from the first movie. Where he didn’t promote war but tried to do the right thing using his mind “I could have killed ‘em all. I could kill you. In town, you’re the law. Out here, it’s me. Don’t push it. Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe. Let it go. Let it go.”  Unlike this copied storyline of Taken! The fans will surely be disappointed when they go to watch an action-packed movie with a certain tone and come back home with just another part of Taken.

This movie we believe will be with a boring storyline that will overpower Stallone’s exceptional acting skills.

The only thing that could carry it through will be Sylvester’s megastar power and millions of devoted fans.

BY LAKSHYA LAW | DKODING MEDIA



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