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Rambo taking aim in Rambo: Last Blood

Even if you’re only superficially aware of the Rambo franchise, you probably know that the action films starring Sylvester Stallone are brutal and bloody and correspondingly, have all carried an R rating. So it should come as no surprise that when the franchise returns next month with Rambo: Last Blood it will again bear an R rating and Sylvester Stallone couldn’t be more psyched about it. Take a look:

While studios often desire a PG-13 rating to reach the widest audience and filmmakers sometimes have to cut things to achieve that, Sylvester Stallone is relishing the fact that his latest film has landed the ‘Restricted’ rating. An R rating is apparently what Sly was shooting for with Rambo: Last Blood, and he considered it a win when the MPAA handed down its ruling

Sylvester Stallone seems genuinely psyched about the R rating, and is treating it like a badge of honor. The actor even stressed on Instagram that the film got a hard R rating. This isn’t just some soft, baby R rating that has to stand on its tippie toes and throw in an extra F word to land an R. Last Blood will be a hard R film, not suitable for anyone under 17 without an accompanying adult to help them process the bloody carnage they witness onscreen.

Although an R rating was expected, this is exactly what we wanted from Rambo in his final film and fans of the franchise can rest assured that Last Blood didn’t have to hold back and could go out with a bloody bang.

Sylvester Stallone also teases that what is coming in the franchise’s fifth entry, will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Whatever deaths are coming, they are sure to be gruesome because John Rambo isn’t overly concerned with the cleanliness of his kills, just the finality of them.

Rambo looks to be inflicting one of those kills in the second photo on Sly’s Instagram, with the war vet seemingly eschewing weapons and just using his bare hands. I know it wouldn’t look as cool and it’s a bit problematic tactically, but Rambo should really just go to war in a poncho, it would make the clean up a lot easier.

Sly also looks especially fierce all covered in blood in the close up shot, which along with the R rating, the title and the history of the franchise, indicates we are in for some serious gore in Last Blood. Between Rambo, IT Chapter Two and The Hunt, September could very well be one of the bloodiest months ever on the big screen.

Rambo V: Last Blood spills onto theater screens on September 20. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep up to date with this year’s movies and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest movie news.

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