With Rambo: Last Blood now out in theaters, the fifth installment of the iconic franchise has been universally lambasted by professional critics, with one notable voice agreeing with the poor reviews: Rambo creator David Morrell.
Morrell, who wrote the original 1972 novel First Blood introduced the character John Rambo and was adapted into a classic film of the same name in 1982, shared a negative review of Last Blood from USA Today on his Twitter, giving his tacit agreement of its take on the film. Morrell went on to refer to the film as "a mess" and that he was "embarrassed to have [his] name associated with it."
Morrell is not alone in his assessment of Last Blood, with the film currently posting the franchise's lowest professional critics' score on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes while CBR's own Brandon Zachary dismissed the film in his advance review as a "dour, repetitive, xenophobic and borderline unwatchable bloodbath."
Last Blood has John Rambo attempting to live a quiet life of peace in his native Arizona, only to descend back into his violent ways when his niece is kidnapped by human traffickers and drug dealers in Mexico.
In theaters nationwide, director Adrian Grunberg's Rambo: Last Blood stars Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Yvette Monreal.