Posted by: Gregoryno6 | September 29, 2019

How realistic is Rambo: Last Blood?

John Nolte has written at Breitbart about the response from critics to Sylvester Stallone’s latest excursion as the Vietnam vet you’d better not cross.

Apparently, the mistake Stallone made was making a movie that dares to reflect real life, which is something movies are only supposed to do when the villains are white, Christian males, preferably from the Deep South or a country with a name that ends with “vakia.”

But no, Stallone decided instead to reflect a real life crisis involving Mexican drug cartels, which means Mexicans are the bad guys.

Here’s a review from author and former border-zone cop Bronco Hammer.

I was sitting in my office with the crew when suddenly I realized there was a new movie theatre a block away and I hadn’t seen this movie yet. I went to the 3PM show. This downtown San Diego theater has recliners and they bring you food… it’s extremely nice. Huge screens. Comfort. Nice… But I wasn’t there for nice… I was there for the final Rambo.

They must have known I was coming because I was the only person at that show. I had the entire theater to myself, reclined back in a soft leather seat, feet propped up, and placed strategically in the center of the row.

Then it started.

First I saw a preview of a new movie I didn’t know anything about called Ford v Ferrari… a movie about Carroll Shelby. I was almost brought to tears with joy.

But that wasn’t why I was there. Let’s put my observation into context.

When I first joined my department in Arizona, I went to a call in a neighborhood called little Mexico. It was called that for a good reason. In a small house we found about 20 people tied up bound hand and feet and gagged on the floor. They had all been robbed, the women raped, and no one would say a word. It sort of stuck with me. As I went through years working in special investigations (undercover ops) I saw a lot of vice crime, human trafficking, drugs, cartel shit, and evil scum of the earth. I’ve driven all over Sonora Mexico. I also rode a lot of the Arizona border on horseback doing book research. I spent a lot of time in Cochise County where Rambo’s home is supposed to be located.

Some of my friends know the border much better than I do… We talk. Collectively I would say we know a lot about the border.

I also recently did a lot of work on designing a University level course in human trafficking in my day job.

Finally let me add this observation. If you think human traffickers are the most despicable scum of the universe, then you are wrong. There is a subset in that group called human sex traffickers… They are the most despicable scum of the universe. What they do is an evil beyond imagination. At least I hope its beyond your imagination.

Now I can inform you of my observations with you now understanding my context.

Short version, Sly used his art to truly reflect the worst of what goes on along the border. This is a film that will make weak-kneed open-border apologists puke in their popcorn. It’s gruesome… violent, and certainly horrifying. Exactly what it needed to be in order to explain what the hell goes on there. Of course, there is a ton of artistic license and the final battle is over the top Hollywood stuff, but not that much over the top from the kind of violent encounters that happen on the south side of the line all the time. So thank you Sly for setting the stage for a serious discussion about human trafficking. This needed to be demonstrated through art, a conveyance people can process quickly in its rawest form. Don’t take kids to see it, but if you are okay with film violence then I highly recommend you see it. I loved it and was repulsed at the same time. I’m interested in what you all have to say but after watching it I think we need to take some action. I suspect that was Sly’s goal was to create a call to action… and also to close the books on a fictional American icon. Good job Sly… Great movie making.

Bronco’s fictional writing can be found here.

 


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