Listen, it would be dishonest for me to say I don’t want another Rambo movie, particularly one where he fights a cartel of Mexican werewolves or whatever the plot of Rambo 5 was supposed to be. But we all know the chances of it being good were slim.
Sylvester Stallone apparently agrees:
You know when you realize there’s nothing more to pull out? As an action film, I was very satisfied that it dealt with the Burmese situation. It had one foot in a current event, the longest civil war in history, 65 years at that time. It was so brutal, which civil war is, I was shocked they even gave me an R-rating. I didn’t want to compromise. I said, “This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act.” When that was accomplished, I never felt the same willingness to do it again. There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another Rambo, I said, “If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why?”
He’s totally right, of course. That line - “This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act” - is both incredibly aware and kind of sad at the same time. Rambo may not live on as a classic, but it is a serious action achievement. There’s nothing wrong with it being the last one.
Having said that, I'm just a tiny bit sad it'll be the last one. Where else are we going to get movies about a 70 year old hulking mass who kills the shit out of bad guys?