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That's why I think "Rambo 5" is sexist and racist
Last week I asked the question whether the high level of violence in "Rambo 5: Last Blood" is necessary - and came to a clear result: No!Excessive harshness does not automatically make a film bad either. In a way, she even saves this film after its somewhat poor drama half. The real problem with the film lies elsewhere anyway ...
Mexico in "Rambo 5: Last Blood": Land of the bondage
America is the land of unlimited freedom. Here Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) can become more human again thanks to his surrogate family, comes to rest on his farm while riding horses and for the first time enjoys freedom, just like the greatest American hero figure of all - the cowboy.
Mexico is in stark contrast to this. If the USA is paradise, Mexico is hell: a criminal juggernaut in which almost everyone is a monster.
Gabrielle's (Yvette Monreal) biological father quickly turns out to be someone who had no other reason to abandon his family than to be an unscrupulous asshole. And the feverishly staged nightclub in which Gabrielle is finally kidnapped has exactly two central functions. It serves as a stage for human traffickers and is a place for the collective drug use of a lost youth.
Because as Gabrielle's alleged friend Jezel (Fenessa Pineda) stated: How can you stand it in Mexico if you don't continuously numb yourself? And she, too, turns out to be a selfish traitor who knowingly leaves her faithful friend to the lowest monsters.
The depravity of Mexico as a justification
Only in Mexico can it happen that the hero's daughter is subjected to the worst abuse for so long that she dies despite being rescued by Rambo.
Who deserves John Rambo to judge them if not these Mexican darklings? In his person are the American values that Mexicans lack: A sense of family, loyalty and awareness of tradition.
Yes, unfortunately it is true: If a film emphatically propagates that Donald Trump's bizarre power fantasy of a border wall between the USA and Mexico is justified, then it is "Rambo 5".
"Rambo 5": At its core, reactionary trash?
The first "Rambo" part was complex in its statement: it accused society and the army alike. And he made the worn-out returnee into an ambivalent main character who is still fascinating today.
The new “Rambo”, on the other hand, is not only much more one-dimensional and clumsy, it has also radically changed the political orientation of the series. Rambo has to sacrifice himself for his country, just as he did then, so that the Mexicans are defeated in the end and America can continue to enjoy itself for the time being, but the nation is no longer viewed critically here. Instead, "Rambo 5" is just as simple-minded and patriotic as „Rambo 2“ and „Rambo 3“ with their schematic hurray patriotism.
By the way, the only Mexican character who doesn't seem to be the devil himself is reporter Carmen Delgado (Paz Vega). But appearances are deceptive - and that leads directly to the second major problem of the worldview propagated by "Rambo 5". More on this on page 2.
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