Although not horror, the amount of violence and gore in the Rambo films certainly warrants a place in the hearts of genre fans. I know that it played a big role in my love of movies and how they could introduce me to characters that felt larger-than-life and yet so human at the same time. To this day, Stallone’s monologue at the end of First Blood breaks my heart.
Now, almost 30 years after I was first introduced to Rambo, I have the honor to premiere a track from the upcoming fifth and supposedly final journey with the titular hero.
Above is the track “Dusk” from composer Brian Tyler. It begins with a sense of familiarity, the tones and instruments hearkening back to the first time we met Rambo. Then, the track naturally evolves into something more modern, the decades of his exploits made real. If this really is the send-off for John Rambo, I have a feeling it will be an emotionally powerful one.
Tyler explains, “Composing the score for Rambo: Last Blood has been the culmination of working with Sly Stallone for over a decade and is our 5th movie together. It has been a complete honor furthering the musical legacy started by Jerry Goldsmith who composed the scores for the early Rambo films. Rambo: Last Blood is a very emotional story and the music needed to reflect the tone that the director, Adrian Grunberg, set so beautifully. I wrote a series of heartfelt and passionate themes that echo Rambo’s yearning for family, justice, requital, and compassion. These ideas created a tonal tension that was both challenging and rewarding as a composer. Lush strings, massive brass, thunderous percussion, delicate piano, and harrowing trumpet duets echoed the themes of loss, regret, hope, and vengeance. It has been an incredible ride composing for this timeless character.”
“When a friend’s daughter is kidnapped, Rambo crosses the U.S.-Mexico border to bring her home but finds himself up against one of Mexico’s most ruthless cartels.“
Written by Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone, based on a story by Stallone and Dan Gordon, and directed by Adrian Grunberg, Rambo: Last Blood stars Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal, and Louis Mandylor.
Rambo: Last Blood comes to theaters this Friday.