Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Adriana Barraza, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Oscar Jaenada, Joaquín Cosío
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Action thriller sequel directed by Adrian Grunberg and co-written by Sylvester Stallone. The story follows John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) coping with intense PTSD while living on a ranch in Arizona, trying to pick up casual work wherever he can. When his friend and estate manager Maria (Adriana Barraza) informs him that her granddaughter, Gabrielle (Yvette Monreal), goes missing in Mexico, Rambo travels south of the border to find Gabrielle and finds that she has been kidnapped by the Mexican cartel. Teaming up with a journalist, Carmen Delgado (Paz Vega), whose sister has was kidnapped and killed by the cartel, they uncover a sex-trafficking ring. Rambo has to deploy all his skills to save Gabrielle and bring down a crime lord.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 24)
Maria Beltran: I heard the news. Two people died.
Rambo: I couldn’t save them. I couldn’t save my brothers in the war either.
Maria Beltran: You cannot blame yourself because you going to save some people. You are not in the war anymore. Only in your head.
Rambo: It’s hard to turn off.
Maria Beltran: Sitting there, you remind me of your father. He would sit outside, in his rocking chair. Always thinking, never talking. But you have done a wonderful job here. Running this place. I can’t thank you enough for letting me stay, and helping raise Gabriella.
[referring to Maria’s granddaughter, Gabrielle]
Rambo: You know, she’d be a good trainer. She’s got a way with horses. Don’t you think?
Maria Beltran: Maybe. But she is going to college. You think she wants to smell like horses all the time, like you?
Rambo: That bad?
Maria Beltran: No. If you like horses.
Gabrielle: What you working on?
Rambo: You know what this is?
Gabrielle: A small knife.
Rambo: No, it’s Damascus steel. It’s a letter opener I made for when you go away to college. And I’m going to add on these white handles.
Gabrielle: Letter opener?
Rambo: It’d be beautiful on your desk.
Gabrielle: Oh. Uh, I hate to break it to you, but nobody writes letters anymore.
Rambo: Well, then you can use it to keep the boys away.
[as they are riding their horses]
Gabrielle: It’s crazy. I’m about to start college. I don’t know why. I have no idea what I want to do yet. Did you know what you wanted to do at my age?
Rambo: Yeah, I wanted to be a soldier.
Gabrielle: At my age?
Rambo: Even before your age.
Gabrielle: Did you like it?
Rambo: Well, I had some of the best friends I ever had for a while. It’s going to be real quiet around here without you asking all these questions.
Gabrielle: I’m sure you’ll survive.
[referring to Gabrielle’s party]
Rambo: So, how did it go?
Gabrielle: Um, everyone had a good time. They kept asking me why my uncle built these tunnels.
Rambo: What did you say?
Gabrielle: I said that you like digging, and you’re a little crazy.
Rambo: That’s fair enough.
[after Gabrielle has announced she wants to go to Mexico to see her father]
Gabrielle: Uncle John, I’ve heard the stories. I know you’ve been through a lot. But my world is a lot different from yours.
Rambo: No, it’s not. It’s worse.
Gabrielle: No, it’s not. People don’t just act bad for no reason.
Rambo: There’s no reason for a man to throw his family away. He’s lucky he has one.
Gabrielle: Why are you getting so mad?
Rambo: Because you don’t know how bad it is. I know how black a man’s heart can be. There’s nothing good out there, Gabrielle.
Gabrielle: Well, maybe he’s changed.
Rambo: Men like that don’t change. It only gets worse.
Gabrielle: You changed.
Rambo: I haven’t changed. I’m just trying to keep a lid on it, every day.
Gabrielle: Uncle John, I need you to trust me. I need you to know that I’m going to make good decisions.
Rambo: I can’t control what’s out there.
Gabrielle: You can’t just protect me forever.
[referring to her father]
Rambo: As long as I’m around, he’s never going to hurt you again. No one is.
Gabrielle: You said you did what you thought was right, and left at seventeen, and nobody stopped you.
Rambo: I wish they had.
Rambo: Gabrielle, I care for you like a daughter. I know you want answers. Just wait a little while. Grow up a little bit. Know about the world a little bit. Would you do that
for me, please?
[after Gabrielle goes against Rambo’s wishes and goes to Mexico to see her father]
Gabrielle: I need to ask you a question.
Manuel: Of course.
Gabrielle: Why did you leave us? I’m just trying to understand why you would just go like that.
Manuel: Okay. Because one day, I looked at your mother and you, and realized you both didn’t mean anything to me anymore. I know it’s hard to understand. But I wasted time being with you and her. And she f**king dies and leaves me with you, who I never wanted.
[Gabrielle begins to cry]
Manuel: Any more questions? You don’t need to come back.
[he goes back inside his house and shuts the door in Gabrielle’s face]
[after they find out that Gabrielle gone missing in Mexico]
Maria Beltran: Should I call the police?
Rambo: Cops can’t cross the border. Down there, they don’t do sh*t.
Maria Beltran: Please, John. Bring my girl back
Rambo: I’ll find her.
[Rambo gets in his truck and drives off]
[after Rambo arrives in Mexico and questions Gizelle about what happened to Gabrielle]
Gizelle: Why are you asking me all this sh*t? You think I’m lying to you?
Rambo: You called my house, and said she never came back from her father’s.
Gizelle: Yeah, I was giving you a heads-up.
Rambo: Or covering your a**.
Gizelle: Man, f**k…
[Rambo grabs her wrist; referring to her bracelet]
Rambo: Where did you get this?
Gizelle: She gave it to me, man.
Rambo: It was her mother’s. She’d never give it to you. You sold her out. She was your friend.
Gizelle: F**k you! Get out of my place!
[Rambo takes his knife and stabs it into the table]
Rambo: Look at me. You’re going to take me to that club, and you’re going to show me who she was with. Or I’m going to hurt you real bad. Let’s go.
[after Rambo confronts and is beaten up by the cartel, led by Hugo and Victor Martínez, the men that kidnapped Gabrielle]
Hugo Martínez: “John Rambo.” Juanito Rambo. Want to know something, Juanito? These girls mean nothing to me or my customers. In my world, they’re nothing. They’re not people. They’re just things. They have no worth to men like us. So I would have not paid attention to this.
[holds up Rambo’s photo of Gabrielle]
Hugo Martínez: To her. But now I will. Because you coming here has made it very bad for her, cabrón. We would’ve just trained her, used her, and sold her. But now we’re going to make an example of her. I’m going to let you live.
Victor Martinez: What are you talking about?
Hugo Martínez: Don’t interrupt me!
[to Rambo; in English]
Hugo Martínez: You’re going to think about this every f**king day of your f**king life. Until you can’t think anymore, Juanito.
[he then gets Victor to cut and mark Rambo’s face with a cross]
[after Cameron takes Rambo to her home, where she cares for him until he recovers]
Rambo: How did I get here?
Carmen Delgado: I brought you here.
Rambo: You don’t even know me.
Carmen Delgado: Why do I have to know you? Um, you were in trouble. I don’t know, I would do it for anyone.
Rambo: Why were you even there?
Carmen Delgado: I’m an independent journalist. I was following El Flaco, a pimp who drugs and sells girls. I saw you in the club, watching him. I saw what you did to him.
Rambo: You got to tell me, where are the men that took her?
Carmen Delgado: Who did they take? Your daughter?
Rambo: Yeah. Where is she? Who are they?
Carmen Delgado: The Martínez brothers. They took my sister. They found her dead from an overdose three years ago.
Rambo: I’m sorry. You just got to tell me where you think they are.
Carmen Delgado: No, it doesn’t work this way. There’s too many of them. Are you crazy, or what?
Rambo: I’m not thinking about that. All I can think about is how scared she must be, what she’s going through, and what your sister went through. Just help me, please. I can’t go without you.
Carmen Delgado: Okay.
Rambo: Thank you.
[after Rambo later raids one of the brothels and finds a drugged Gabriela]
Gabrielle: I’m sorry.
Rambo: No. You didn’t do anything. You didn’t do anything at all. We’re going to go home, and everything’s going to be good. It’s going to be alright.
[he hold up her bracelet]
Rambo: I got this back for you.
[he puts the bracelet on her wrist]
[as a drugged Gabrielle starts to close her eyes]
Rambo: Gabrielle, I need you to keep your eyes open. Keep your eyes open. Let’s talk about something. I remember you were a great rider. Every event you were in, every competition, you’d win everything. I remember you were just about eleven years-old, you won five events in one day. That’s really something. Gabrielle, stay with me. You can do it. We’re going to be home soon. I’ll take care of you. You got so much life left. You got so many things you got to do. So many things.
[trying to keep a drugged Gabrielle awake]
Rambo: When I came home a long time ago, you were so young. Gabrielle, you were so young. I was lost. I was a lost man. And then I met you. And I saw something that I didn’t think I’d ever see anymore, good in this world. Some innocence. And I had a family that I never thought I’d ever have. And raising you, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. And I thank you for that. Thank you. You’re like the..
[just then Gabrielle dies from her forced drug overdose]
Rambo: Gabrielle? Gabrielle. Gabrielle.
[he pulls the truck over and looks over to Gabrielle]
Rambo: No, no. Oh, don’t do it. Gabrielle? Oh, God. I’m sorry.
[he starts crying]
Rambo: Why not me?
[after Rambo arrives back at his ranch and Gabrielle is buried]
Rambo: I want you to stay at your sister’s. There’s nothing for you here, nothing for me here.
Maria Beltran: Where will you go?
Rambo: I’m just going to move around. Like always.
Maria Beltran: Will I see you again?
Rambo: Mm-hmm. Sure.
Maria Beltran: I will miss this.
[Rambo walks her to her car, she turns and hugs him]
Maria Beltran: [in Spanish] My heart is dead. I feel empty inside. I don’t think I will ever feel anything again.
[after Rambo returns to Mexico to Cameron’s place]
Carmen Delgado: If someone sees you, we both will die. Coming back here is so dangerous. Did you find her?
Rambo: She’s dead.
Carmen Delgado: Oh, I’m sorry. I really am. I know how you feel. But coming back was dangerous. Why are you here?
[referring to Victor]
Rambo: I want to find the thin one.
Carmen Delgado: No.
Rambo: The one that cut her.
Carmen Delgado: No.
Rambo: The one that cut me.
Carmen Delgado: I will not help you again.
Rambo: You have to.
Carmen Delgado: Why do I have to? What will it change? Nothing. We grieve and move on.
Rambo: And you’ve done that?
Carmen Delgado: I mean, I think of her every day. Every f**king day. But we have to move on.
Rambo: What if you can’t move on? What if you can’t move on at all?
Carmen Delgado: But you have to. We have no choice. What’s done is done!
Rambo: Why is it done? How is it ever done? When I look at something so innocent, and I see that face never have life in it again, how is it ever done?
Rambo: [to Carmen] I want revenge. I want them to know that death is coming, and there’s nothing they can do to stop it. I want them to feel our grief, and know that’s the last thing they will ever feel. And I know you want it too.
[Carmen nods her head, after which Rambo raids Victor’s home decapitates him]
[after Hugo goes to Rambo’s ranch and Rambo kills Hugo’s men with his rigged traps; over the walkie-talkie]
Rambo: They’re all dead. All of them. I could’ve killed you ten times. But I wanted you last.
Hugo Martínez: F**k you.
Rambo: No, f**k you, dead man. I want you to feel my rage, my hate, when I reach into your chest and rip out your heart! Like you did mine.
Hugo Martínez: [in Spanish] Go f**k yourself.
Rambo: You want to live? Follow the lights!
[after Hugo makes it into the barn, Rambo shoots arrows at him then walks up to him with his knife in his hand]
Rambo: This is what it feels like.
[he stabs Hugo in the chest and proceeds to rips his heart out and toss it aside]
[last lines, we see a wounded Rambo walk up to the porch and sit in his rocking chair]
Rambo: [voice over] I’ve lived in a world of death. I tried to come home, but I never really arrived. A part of my mind and soul got lost along the way. But my heart was still here, where I was born. Where I would defend to the end, the only family I’ve ever known. The only home I’ve ever known. All the ones I’ve loved are now ghosts. But I will fight to keep their memories alive, forever.
[during the credits, we see Rambo saddle up his horse and ride off]
Total Quotes: 24
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