Rambo V plot change
No sooner than Rambo V was announced and Sylvester Stallone revealed the plot for the film than an updated plot has been handed out around Hollywood and it's changed.
The new plot is less Universal Soldier and more Predator, although the closing line makes you think that perhaps they're going too far with Rambo and it really is going into the realm of fantasy.
Not that it wasn't there before, but at least it was trying to keep the stories grounded in reality. Even the new plot that Sylvester Stallone announced the other day seemed to be keeping that at its heart, science engineering a tougher, more blood thirsty killer and not being able to control the human that it had engineered and conditioned.
Well that plot seems to have changed with what is being called the official plot for Rambo V currently being sent around. AICN got a copy of it, and it goes a little something like this, here with corrections.
John Rambo could track anyone – or anything – on Earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultra-sensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. It has already decimated a squad of elite Military Guards, and the raging creature is headed south towards civilisation, ready to wreak bloody devastation.
It's a job that Rambo and his 22 year old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can't turn down, but they and a team of highly skilled Special Forces kill tea discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination, a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has a man's cunning, a predator's savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. Even if Rambo and Beau survive it's unrelenting hunger for human blood, they'll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.
Okay, there are parts of that which could still be read as a human who has been genetically altered at the DNA level and then brought up in a life of careful conditioning, however there are other parts that are seriously worrying.
This is Predator remade, surely. I know I've just been discussing Predator with a few others and it was highlighted that it borrowed from the original Rambo and was apparently inspired by the possibility of the character fighting an alien, so isn't this going full circle?
However the “unrelenting hunger for human blood” is worrying as is the “it may have grown immortal” comment. Are we talking about an altered human that drinks human blood and is nigh on indestructible? Surely we're now into the realms of Resident Evil more than anything? The plot certainly sounds that way.
Yet it could just be a lot of Hollywood hype around a core of a genetically engineered human who just likes killing people and happens to be physically huge, very fast, etc.
Still, there's that concern. Will Rambo V: The Savage Hunt go too far into science fiction, and try to be a new Predator, when clearly Predator did the job perfectly well and still does.
Then there's this twenty two year old hunting partner which sounds very much like this is handing the franchise over to a younger, newer Rambo. Would he really go on a dangerous mission with an elite group of soldiers and bring his twenty two year old hunting buddy with him?